Sunday, August 05, 2007
Movie Reviews: THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
Still having no memory of who he really is or where he's from, superspy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) goes on one last adventure to find himself … literally. With some help from his former co-conspirator, Nicky (Julia Stiles), Bourne must continue to evade CIA director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) and spar with a mysterious figure from his past — the deadly Paz (Edgar Ramirez), who was trained in the same deadly secret program as Bourne.
Cast Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Edgar Ramirez, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine (more)
Director(s) Paul Greengrass
Writer(s) Tony Gilroy, George Nolfi
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date Aug. 3, 2007
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for violence and intense sequences of action
The Bourne Ultimatum is an intense thrill ride that provides a fitting end to thriller trilogy. Paul Greengrass's film grips you from the opening shot and never lets you out of its taut grab. Shot mostly via handheld cameras, Greengrass's style makes the entire experience very personal and in your face as you feel more like a witness to the actions on screen as opposed to viewing a standard film. Matt Damon once again gives Bourne a wonderful sense of purpose and resoluteness filled with pathos. At times a single look or glance by Damon conveys so much pain and feeling of loss that you couldn't achieve via spoken word. Moments like that are impressive when compared to film's frenetic action which is top notch; a car chase near the end is gut crunching insanity. Outside of Damon, the rest of the cast is equally impressive, new comer to the series David Strathairn is quite impressive and Joan Allen returns with another excellent performance. Sadly Albert Finney is under utilized but does bring a certain presence to the film when he's on screen or heard. The Bourne Ultimatum is a complete and enthralling action movie and the best of the genre this summer.