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August 7, 2007 > Movie Review - The Bourne Ultimatum

Movie Review - The Bourne Ultimatum

A superb summer thriller

By Joe Samagond

As a sequel, "The Bourne Ultimatum" is an entertaining thriller that does not disappoint. The previous two Bourne movies have delivered a surprise at every turn. Now Bourne is back for a third and final adventure; nothing has changed even though nothing is the same. Get ready to be impressed in so many ways because once again Director Peter Greengrass and actor Matt Damon deliver a movie packed with more incredible moments than you can imagine.

Jason is back, and he is still being hunted. By whom and for what reason hardly needs to be or is fully explained; one is never sure of this because all the bad guys seem to be from what we think of as the good guys (U.S. Govt., CIA, etc.) The only thing we think we know for sure is that they are after Jason and would not be too disappointed to see him dead. Action begins where the "Bourne Supremacy (2004)" leaves us - in Moscow - and careens spectacularly to Turin, London, New York, Madrid and Tangier, where a breathtaking, rooftop-leaping chase and deadly hand-to-hand combat ensue. Early in the movie, viewers are treated to a spectacular hide-and-seek in London, which is fun to watch and may leave you breathless!

Bourne is still after the people who made him what he is and continues to be tormented by fractured, blurry flashbacks of his "birth" at the murky black-ops institute known as Treadstone and his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente), killed in the previous movie. The CIA views Bourne as a threat refusing to revoke a "standing kill order" against him while Deputy Director Noah Vosen unfailingly underestimates his target. Matt Damon's All-American, snub-nosed super athlete and polyglot Bourne persona has now become a household name. In "The Bourne Ultimatum," he is older and less boyish, but still a mighty warrior and an unstoppable, invincible, yet human force who bonds with the audience.

Director Greengrass excels with his handheld, over-the-shoulder shots and fleet-footed Steadicams. In league with Damon and Strathairn, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles and Albert Finney all deliver top-notch performances. "The Bourne Ultimatum" is a final damning vision of a rogue U.S. government without boundaries, allowed an unlimited license to spy, torture and kill at will. Have a ball watching Jason Bourne revoke it.

The action is astonishing stuff. Every second of The "Bourne Ultimatum" is jammed with danger, pounding against the screen in unstoppable waves of energy and intensity. Cameras keep rolling and Matt Damon keeps moving, putting plans together on the fly while eliminating obstacles one by one. Bourne is relentless as he moves in a steady, straight line towards his final goal in a complicated, rhythmic dance of controlled destruction.

"The Bourne Ultimatum" (PG-13) does contain extreme, action-movie violence and profanity in its run of almost two hours (115 min). If there is anything disappointing about this film, it is simply that it is almost certainly the last of the Bourne series. Each movie has improved on the last, culminating in The Bourne Ultimatum, easily the best movie of the summer and probably the best action movie of the year. Jason Bourne is going out on top.

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