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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.
I found both The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004) to be just okay, and it was whilst watching The Bourne Ultimatum that I think I landed on why I didn't enjoy those movies more. The first two Bourne films are a mix of mystery and action, with the action being very good but only dealt in short bursts, whilst the mystery elements aren't quite as good or interesting. Quite frankly, I do not care who Jason Bourne really is, I just enjoy seeing him kick ass.
The Bourne Ultimatum feels different due to a greater emphasis on action. A lot of this film is just chase scene followed by chase scene, with small doses of the mystery dished out. For me, this worked far far better. Matt Damon now looks way more comfortable in the role, and the story just seemed handled in a far more entertaining manner. Easily the best Bourne film I've seen thus far.
Ties it all together...
My biggest problem with this trilogy is that nobody ever gets hit. Ever. We see shaky cameras and people falling to the floor, but there are never any stunts and, once you notice it, nothing seems real at all. This is why The Raid, Jackie Chan movies, and even Tom Cruise's films are so fun - you feel like you're in the action and that's how an action movie should be for me.
Started off v promising again - Bourne isn't just being chased for the whole movie this time, he's talking to people on the phone, he's chasing some people himself... occasionally even his car chases don't have THAT high of a civilian death toll!
But I sure…
Probably the best of the Bourne films, this movie heightens the action and concludes all the mysteries to who Jason Bourne is in an exciting, interesting, and satisfying way through great writing and some fantastic, haunting performances.
Still the best hand-to-hand combat sequences of any movie series. Masterpiece filmmaking.
If you worked for the CIA, could you trust anyone?
The best thing about the Bourne series is that it doesn't get worse through the sequel. Although I've heard that the 4th and 5th are quite bad. Hopefully not because the first 3 are really good. Solid film
EXCELLENT! "This is Jason Bourne, the toughest target that you have ever tracked. He is really good at staying alive, and trying to kill him and failing...just pisses him off. As Jason Bourne continues his international quest to solve the mystery of his past, he's being hunted by the same organization he was hired into. Trying to stay one step ahead, he realizes he has to go back to the beginning to find out who he was. Capping off the Bourne Trilogy, Matt Damon returns for the final go round, it's as if he knew this probably would be his last time playing Jason Bourne(well now we know it wasn't) he truly went all out on this one, giving arguably…
A small step back from Supremacy simply because it really lacks any story whatsoever. It's just government agency acronyms and reasons to get Bourne from here to there. But that trailing window jump is one of my favorite shots ever.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…