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The Bourne Ultimatum
Remember everything. Forgive nothing.
Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.
An absolute marvel of action filmmaking, a stunning work of precision craftsmanship & a fitting conclusion to the Jason Bourne saga, The Bourne Ultimatum is a rare second sequel that works flawlessly by taking a huge leap with its premise to effortlessly surpass the towering expectations set by its much-beloved predecessors & isn't just the finest instalment of The Bourne Trilogy but is impressive enough to qualify as one of the greatest films ever made.
Picking up the storyline right where it was left off in The Bourne Supremacy before taking a six weeks leap, The Bourne Ultimatum continues the quest of Jason Bourne as he retraces his steps back to his origin with a few help along the road to guide…
Possibly the greatest spy thriller ever. Truly thrilling in every moment, powered by Greengrass' superb kinetic directing and editing. This film ever ceases to entertain and excite. The best of the Bourne franchise.
Outstanding setpieces, especially the Tangiers chase, don't really cover up for how unbelievably silly this is, nor do they manage to lend weight to its mostly superficial stabs at political timeliness, recasting its hero as the ultimate (sorry) drone gone rogue. Anyway my favorite thing about this (and all of these movies really) is just how monumentally clueless the CIA guys are. Their ability to track and capture any given character fluctuates wildly due to the needs of this leaden, endlessly expository script, to the point where the entire American intelligence apparatus is hunting Bourne and he manages to fly commercial into New York on a bogus passport and infiltrate the Deputy Director's personal office. Like, they didn't even flag…
I did manage the whole trilogy in one day. Yay me!
The Bourne Ultimatum has to overcome a couple of issues. Firstly, Paddy Considine is not only miscast but utterly wasted as a nosy newspaper journalist who ends up feebly standing by as Matt Damon beats up blokes around him and generally acting like a flapping ninny. That said, the main scene he's involved in around Waterloo station (never could look at that place the same after I saw this!) is quite marvellously tense.
It also suffers from overusing the 'dodgy CIA boss' storyline, even doubling up on that front this time round and then still failing to use the excellent Scott Glenn nearly enough anyway. Fortunately The Bourne Ultimatum…
I thought that if I watched this again while jumping up and down, doing cartwheels and somersaults it might counterbalance the unbelievably annoying shaky cam.
It gave me an even worse headache than the first time I watched it.
"The Bourne Ultimatum" is an absolutely perfect conclusion to the Bourne series. It wraps up everything, and finally gives us many of the answers. It moves at an incredibly fast pace, and the runtime flies by due to Paul Greengrass's energetic and stylish direction. He handles the action scenes even better here, and the Morocco chase/fight sequence is without a doubt my favourite action scene of the franchise. This is just everything you could possibly ask for in an action film, and a conclusion to a series. I'm really having a hard time deciding if I like this film or the second one best.
Top quality action thriller.
I pretend I'm in this movie every time I go to Waterloo station. WATCH OUT FOR THE BIN MAN.
Re-watched to prep for Jason Bourne. It's still one of my favorites.
Such a great spy thriller. This movie was action packed from start to finish and was one hell of a thrill ride. Bourne feels like even more of a bad ass secret agent in this than he has in any of the other films. The hand to hand combat scenes were some of the best and they gave the film loads of energy. All of that was backed up by another great story that further fleshes out Bourne’s backstory while raising some new questions that leave you wanting more. The interesting story and all of the exciting action, set against a world spanning backdrop make these movies so much fun to watch.
Eh, it's alright.
Wow, what a spectacular payoff to this series. "The Bourne Identity" was a great character piece, "The Bourne Supremacy" is a strong follow up, but this ends it in spectacular fashion with some of the best action scenes of its era. The drama is there, the acting is there, and the narrative ends in a way that feels like a return on my investment.
Paul Greengrass still hasn't mastered how to direct action sequences, but there's a slight improvement here compared to how things were filmed in the previous movie. There's also a bit less of it, however, with more focus this time around on tension and our hero trying to turn the tables on those who want him rubbed out.
Damon is still superb, the supporting cast still includes fine work from Joan Allen, decent enough work from Julia Stiles, and this time around benefits from the presence of both Paddy Considine, in a small role, and David Strathairn.
It's a very satisfying conclusion to this particular Bourne tale, which makes it a real shame that they didn't just stop here.
great finale to what should've stayed a trilogy. a near perfect bookend if watching in succession as i did the last few days.
Matt Damon kills me every time.
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