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Anyone involved in the making of this film would have undoubtedly been told to stay well clear of Robert Ludlum's books upon which the series of films are supposedly based. The late author was a master of the action thriller full of paranoia, back stabbing, double agents and deep political intensity. They take an age to read, as every word counts and there's a lot of info in there.
The films, however, seem to stick to the books in name and theory alone. The plots begin to be loosely related, but then the relation between them and the books just disappear. By the time this third film, The Bourne Ultimatum, was explored, the relation between the two have the main character and the book in name, and that's just about it. Anyone reading the book for background purposes would ultimately be confused when trying to apply it to the film.
That being said, and it is a negative for me as I loved the books, the film is very well done. Matt Damon has found his niche as a government/military agent, as seen in his latest few films where he manages to be great in a tense political situation. Here, as Bourne, he has managed to keep the intensity and the action going with believability, and it's perhaps this last trait that caused Paul Greengrass' cinematic interpretation of Ludlum's character into something more realistic on screen.
Jason Bourne, fleeing from anyone and everyone, is still seeking the truth behind his past. Looking to uncover the secrets behind the Treadstone company that seems to have controlled him, and finding its status and name have been upgraded, it's a case of calling on favours and gaining people's trust while not trusting them, as Bourne plots his revenge and route in order to find out the truth and finally lay rest to the secrets that have haunted him since the events of the first film started with him being found shot, in the sea and with amnesia.
Damon is excellent, and perfectly pitches his performance of mistrust and action. Greengrass makes sure to mix the intrigue, tension and action up throughout the film, making it not just another political action thriller dumbed down, but making sure there's a real mystery here to try and work out. He gives it to us bit by bit, allowing slow but sure plot development that is clear, while keeping the final secrets until the dramatic conclusion.
Damon is well supported by a very good cast, with David Strathairn and Joan Allen heading things up, and trusted sidekick Nicky played once more by Julia Stiles. Albert Finney has a lynchpin role, and the minor supports are equally as impressive on paper. There are a few wobbles, and it's not perfect, but these are few and far between, and usually come about due to a minor plot hole as opposed an acting inability. Camera angles really help out here, allowing small snippets to appear more important and dramatic, something that is absolutely key in a film such as this one. I find that lower budget action films make do with the minimum and this ends up being the reason they fail, and not just the financial aspect. Low budget doesn't always have to mean poor quality.
Here though, there's no worry about budget, and the special effects are quite dramatic and impressive. Explosions galore as well as some daring stunts give a visual aid, and the music that accompanies the film has that progressive edge to it, helping to build up the tension as the same thing happens in the visuals and plot. Nice combination that is well balanced by Greengrass.
It is a very good film, there's no two ways about it. What it's doing on Empire's Top 500 films list I do not know. As a modern (last ten years) action film, it certainly holds its own, but looking back through history I can think of plenty of films of the genre that soar above it. I guess it's down to those who voted, but I was certainly surprised at its inclusion. Highly enjoyable, and one I'd definitely recommend if you've watched the previous two. You'll be able to understand the majority if you haven't seen the first two films, but it obviously helps if you have. Recommended.
The Bourne Ultimatum is the third part of the Bourne series. I have seen but not yet reviewed the previous two parts of it (The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004)). The film is based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same title. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass. He was the director of The Bourne Supremacy and United 93. The film is a spy film with lots of actions. The film was nominated and won all the 3 Academy Awards (Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing). The running time is 115 minutes. The classification is 12 years and over. For more information about the film visit: www.thebourneultimatum.com.
Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons (formerly Bourne's Treadstone contact)
Joan Allen - Pamela Landly (CIA Deputy Director)
David Strathairn - Noah Vosen (Head of Operation Blackbriar)
Jason Bourne is wounded by a gunshot and is on the run as Russian police is chasing for him. He breaks into a hospital and treats his wound. The policemen found him but as he is a good fighter easily escapes. He hides away. The CIA directors have a meeting and agree that Bourne is a threat so he has to be captured. While he is hiding The Guardian publishes an article about Jason Bourne's story. The journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) meets someone in Turin to discuss Bourne and Operation Treadstone. The CIA tracks Simon Ross and wants to know his contact. They are convinced that Jason Bourne is his contact. After Bourne has read the article calls Ross on his mobile and they agree to meet at London Waterloo Station. Bourne buys a prepaid mobile and drops it into Ross's pocket. They talk on this mobile so the CIA cannot track their conversation. After a chase and fight Ross is shot to death. Bourne picks up his notes and run away. Can he succeed?
This film had achieved the most action in 115 minutes I have ever seen. I could hardly blink my eyes not to miss any action. It was a fantastic film I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. I think it is difficult to understand (but not impossible) if you haven't seen the previous two films or read the novel.
I really enjoyed the loads of actions and I wonder why the classification of the film is so low because there are loads of aggressive scenes in the film where people die. Anyway the film is really fast moving and you don't even realise that you are hardly blinking. The performance of the actors is outstanding. I really appreciate Matt Damon for the role of Jason Bourne. He was really great and had to do so much action scenes. It must have been a hard work even if I know that they shoot it for a long time.
I think this part of the trilogy was the best. I don't say this because of the Academy Award (this part won only), it was really better than the previous ones. I liked the story of the film and the exciting actions. The soundtrack of the film was unnoticeable for me. I'm sure that it had music in the background but I concentrated on the action on the screen. The story was fast moving and I had no time to think about what I have seen because there was another happening. I think the soundtrack helped a lot how to feel and what to think in each situation that's why it won the Academy Award. It was really matching.
I suggest watching the previous films before because the story is so quickly developing that without the previous films it is difficult to follow the action.
The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 action/thriller directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, Joan Allen and David Strathairn.
Following on from events in The Bourne Supremacy, Ultimatum finds Damon's Jason Bourne finally getting answes regarding his real identity and how he came to work for the CIAs Treadstone project. After reading about Treadstone, with direct references to him, in The Guardian newspaper, Bourne makes contact with the journalist responsible, Simon Ross (Paddy Considine). Ross tells him that he has a source who gave him all the information in the article. Unfortunately, the CIA are also aware of the article and it becomes a race between them and Bourne to discover who the source is and eliminate them before the former agent discovers anything else. The head of the CIA team Noah Vosen (Strathairn) has authorised deadly force which jars with Pamela Landy (Allen) who has been brought on board following her previous meeting with Bourne. The chase leads Bourne from Madrid, to Tangiers, to New York where the truth about Bourne becomes to clear.
Again directed by Greengrass, he employs the same shaky documentary style camera work as on Supremacy. However the action, especially during the fistfights, appears to be more coherent and easier to follow than the previous installment. He keeps tight rein on the globe trotting story, when it could have become muddled and yet the film doesn't seem to stop for breath, which is an achievement. This film retains little more than the name from Ludlum's book, with it instead working to answer all the questions left over from the last 2 films. It cleverly links this one into Supremacy, with certain events taking place before the end of the 2nd film. Where it does fall down is in the final revelations involving Bourne, with the truth about how he came to be involved in Treadstone being less shocking than the makers think it is and Bourne's scenes with the underused Albert Finney's Dr Albert Hersch lack some dramatic weight. Still, it's brave to have the protaganist, after all the effort he has gone to over the course of 3 films, to reject his true identity once it is revealed.
Damon has by this point made the character of Bourne his own, emotionally vunerable but phsyically able to handle everything thrown at him. The problem with his character here is that he doesn't have anyone to really play off against, with Julia Stile's Nicky lacking the emotional investment we got previously with Franka Potente's Marie. Joan Allen is a commanding presence as she was in Supremacy and provides a credible alley for Bourne, just as Strathairn provides a credible villain as the ruthless Noah Vosen who puts national security above the law. It's nice to see the brilliant Paddy Considine afforded a role in a Hollywood blockbuster, it's just a pity that he has little screentime (and that his character is so wet!).
There has been talk of a 4th film, which is understandable given how successful the others in the franchise have been, but you can see with this film that the writers were stretching to fill the runtime. Now that Bourne has recovered his identity, there isn't really anywhere for the character to go.
Although this doesn't reach the heights of Identity or Supremacy, it is still better than a great number of action blockbusters on offer and is worthy of your time.
The final conquest of Jason Bourne in his attempts to find out his true identity and catch the people behind his training.
Just like the other Bourne movies, this is action-packed with impossibly quick fight scenes and plenty of gun fire. There is an especially ingenious scene where Jason guides a reporter by mobile phone to evade CIA agents in Waterloo Station.
The storyline takes you across the world from London to Tangiers as he tracks the truth whilst being pursued by his CIA counterparts and engagements are more up-close and personal throughout the movie.
As usual, Jason Bourne impresses the audience with his almost unsteady balance between human compassion and lack of mercy for those who have wronged him. He also maintains his wide range of skills that keep him one step ahead of his enemies - at one point leading them so far astray that I was grinning ear to ear (when he's in the office - you'll see what I mean).
An absolutely compelling conclusion to a great trilogy
As the pieces have started to fall into place, more and more parts of his past seems to be coming back to Jason Bourne. His latest link is a British journalist Simon Ross who seems to know a lot about Bourne, the Treadstone project and its new guise as operation Blackbriar. Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross to find out what he knows and soon Bourne starts to remember more and more details of his past, sending him via Spain to New York to find out his true identity and put an end once and for all to the man hunt that seems to be dogging him.
The third part of the Bourne trilogy was released in 2007 and once again followed the same principles that made the first two films so good. The return of the same core team behind the film helped to keep the continuity and picking up the story directly from the end of the second film starts the action immediately. Of course by this point the story is so far away from the original books, but that really works in its favour as the core characteristics have remained the same throughout the films and that continues into this one.
Of course with Paul Greengrass returning as director it keeps the filming style the same throughout all three films. During the second film he created some very tense moments with his lighting and camera work and that continues in this film. There are some very clever scenes that create tension because of the way Greengrass uses the camera work. One of the most impressive scenes was the part played out in Waterloo Station. Apparently this scene was filmed during a normal rush hour and the moment the killing takes place the screams and reaction are genuine reactions by people who had no idea a film was being made. This is a very clever method of film making and adds some real drama to the scene.
If the script for the second film was slightly better than the first movie, I have to say that this one is even better. It's one of the few series that get better the more films they make and the combination of Greengrass and Tony Gilroy bringing their perception of Robert Ludlum's original books to the big screen seems to improve with each one. The characters are even more involved than ever and once again you find yourself supporting Bourne in his quest to find out his true identity. It's a solid script that holds your attention and gives you plenty to think about throughout the movie, making it's almost 2 hour run time fly past.
I've said it countless times before and this film just reinforces the fact that Matt Damon is the perfect choice as Jason Bourne. Unlike the Bond franchise I don't think the Bourne movies would work if Damon didn't want to carry on in the role as he has firmly cemented himself in the role of Jason Bourne. He seems to display a very ruthless and calculating persona throughout the film that suits the character perfectly. Coupled with that the relationships he has on screen with Joan Allen and Julia Styles characters.
Throughout the films Julia Styles has played her part in all three and this is the first time you really get to appreciate her as a lead character. There is a story that develops between her and Bourne and you never really find out the truth so this may have been to leave the door open for another film. She, like Joan Allen are both very talented actresses and opposite Damon do what they can to keep Bourne alive despite the wishes of this films bad guys within the CIA. The supporting cast all perform admirably but this is really a film based on finding out the truth about Bourne, meaning Damon is firmly centre stage.
Overall the third instalment is the best one to date. It has taken the best aspects from the first two films, which were both very good in their own right, and answered the questions that needed answering. There is another Bourne film now in the pipeline for 2011 and by the looks of it that will start to tie up all the other loose ends but for now this film rounds off the three movies really well. It's an enjoyable hour and 50 minutes that holds your attention mixing action and suspense in equal measures. If you liked the first two films you'll love this one, if however you haven't seen any of them it's best to start at the beginning to really understand this film.
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Ah Matt Damon, the rectangular-headed, furrow-foreheaded blonde who made one of the best career decisions ever when he signed up to play Jason Bourne. The series blends spy fun, jolting action and a new breed of brutal fight scenes, which later filtered into Bond and made it good again.
After waking with no memory in the first film, and having his little love-nest destroyed in the second, Bourne is understandably a bit peed off, so the general gist of the third instalment is that he's still pretty peeved and still looking for more answers. It's familiar territory to established fans (though potentially a confusing mess to any who ventures in without pre-knowledge) with a variety of locations dotted through Europe, lots of cat and mouse antics, and enough chases and fights to leave you visually exhausted.
The fights are, as ever, slick yet dirty, with Bourne using whatever implement he can find that'll do the most damage. Every thwack, crack and crunch is amplified to ear-splitting effect. Fast edits create a frantic feel, so the inevitable car chase gets the heart pumping, but at times I wished things would calm down just a little so I could tell what the hell was going on. A large portion of the film involves watching people move quickly while the soundtrack 'der-der-der-der-ders' away in the background. It's exciting, but ever-so-slightly tiresome after an hour of it.
Not that there are many negatives to this film. It's still a taut thriller, with a strong cast, intriguing plot and some belting action pieces. I'm just not over-whelmed by it, because underneath beats the heart of a basic action. The components are all there - brooding goodie who can beat the crap out of everyone and come out of explosions and horrific crashes with barely a scratch on him. Women get in trouble and need saving by the goodie. Baddies comes in levels - level 1 being faceless chasers, level 2 slightly more difficult fighters, and the big bad sits in a control room hatching evil plans. And coincidences and lucky breaks serve as handy devices to further the plot. It's like Die Hard without the quips.
But the Bourne series covers everything with darker shades, and with a sombre tone that makes it easier to take serious. And with a strong Damon in the lead as a believable killer who's also sympathetic, and the final pieces to a three-film puzzle falling into place, Ultimatum is worthy of a watch.
This is the third in the trilogy of Jason Bourne movies so don't even think about watching it if you haven't seen the earlier two. Otherwise, you will spend the whole film scratching your head and wondering what on earth is going on. Which would be ironic as that it exactly what the main character is doing as he has no idea who he is and where he came from!
Despite his memory loss, Jason Bourne, the main character and hero of the movies, is always in control. As the CIA try to track him down and, as they see it, bring an end to the problem, Bourne is also on the case trying to find an answer to everything that has and is happened to him.
Matt Damon plays the part of Jason Bourne again and a number of the other actors involved in the earlier films reprise their roles again. The third film in a trilogy is often a tricky thing to do as the film-maker can spend so much time trying to pull all the loose ends together that he forgets to make a watchable film. However, this is not the case here and I think that this is arguably the best of the bunch.
The DVD also contains a good amount of extras. Personally, I don't usually bother watching the bonus content on a DVD. However, here I did and was mildly entertained, although many of the extras seem to be a bit repetitive.
This is an action-packed movie with hardly time to breath. There are also some great stunts, which are more or less believable depending upon your viewpoint. This film is non-stop excitement and if you are looking for an action movie to watch then this has to be near the top of your list.
Jason Bourne is back in the third instalment of the espionage thriller in which an ex assassin and amnesiac tries to figure out who he is and where he came from. The Bourne Ultimatum begins where it's predecessor The Bourne Ultimatum ended with Bourne evading the Mexican police.
After reading an article in a newspaper in Paris concerning Bourne himself and the Treadstone incident, Bourne decides to arrange a meeting with the journalist to ascertain what he knows, however the CIA are tracking Bourne and the journalist is killed before Jason has chance to extract any vital information from him. Later on Bourne teams up with CIA Agent Nicky Parsons as she feels the need to help Bourne find out who he is. It turns out that Bourne's mission isn't going to be simple though as it turns out that who he thought he was, he may not be at all and Bourne may have to start from scratch in order to evade the CIA and ultimately discover who he is...
I've been a huge fan of the Bourne films ever since the first film (The Bourne Identity) hit our screens all the way back in 2002. The Bourne films have become so successful that Jason Bourne has been hailed as the new James Bond (bet Daniel Craig is pleased about that!). The Bourne films have also become probably THE defining action/thriller trilogy of the decade so far, much like Scream became the defining horror series of the 90's.
After the disappointing second instalment in the form of The Bourne Supremacy I was somewhat sceptical about whether this one would be able to surpass it, the first film was so fresh and new but unfortunately the second film didn't even come close. I was really hoping that The Bourne Ultimatum would be able to recapture the magic that the first film held and luckily The Bourne Ultimatum manages to accomplish exactly what it set out to do. This is an apparent end to the trilogy but you better believe that the director isn't going to let this film bow out unobtrusively.
Paul Greengrass was once again placed in the directors chair which for me, momentarily was a bad decision given the result of the second film however in this film Greengrass manages to pull off what he tried to do in the previous film with intricate precision. Greengrass is renowned for the use of handheld cameras in his films and he wasn't going to let that tradition die with The Bourne Ultimatum. The use of the handheld camera is a nice touch is many a scene but the word overkill does come to mind. Using a handheld camera is a distinct case of hit or miss in my mind (think Cloverfield) and although at times it can be exciting to watch the action at a hurried and frenzied viewing angle it can also get a little too much at times. I think Greengrass should play to his strengths, which to his credit does seem to incorporate the use of a handheld camera however he should know his weaknesses too which would seem to be not knowing where to draw the line. Having said that, the direction remains slick and a mammoth improvement on the previous film. Paul Greengrass very much redeems himself in my eyes given the result of this film and he has actually (to my surprise) produced a very fast paced, well directed espionage thriller.
For those of you that have seen the first two films, you'll already know the story however for those of you that haven't, no matter how good I think this film is I don't think that there's any point at all in watching it as you will just be totally lost from start to finish and just as you may start to pick things up, another aspect from the previous films will come into play and you'll end up at square one again. This is one of the downsides to the film, not for me because I've seen the first two films but I think the films should be able to gain new fans in the process without them necessarily having to have seen the first film. Unfortunately with The Bourne Ultimatum, it starts off where the previous film ended and unlike many other sequels it doesn't have any sort of catch up which could be in the form of a few flashbacks as flashbacks are used throughout the film yet not at the start to refresh peoples memories or kick-start the film for brand new viewers.
The frantic pace of the film leads to a very action packed and action orientated film which will be a relief for the people who, like me were disappointed with the distinct lack of action involved with the second instalment. This is what I think all action thrillers should strive to be like, I think some thrillers get too hung up on the actual story aspect and forget about the action that needs to be entailed. This is what The Bourne Ultimatum does brilliantly, it interconnects the two vital parts to create a spellbinding and unforgettable film experience. This is one of the best high-octane thrillers that I've seen in a very long time.
As soon as the film begins you can tell that it's going to be miles better than the second film, the action begins straight away which enables you to become hooked within only a few seconds and the numerous action sequences seem to be a lot more prolonged than they were in the second film, this is something that was present in the first film and was a very welcome inclusion in this film. The way the camera follows Jason Bourne at every opportunity makes you feel as though you're on for the ride with him, the camera gets right up close to the action which is another aspect that makes this film so dynamic and such a thrilling ride.
One thing that I did notice about this film and this was also present in the first film was the similarities to the first film. The first film is without doubt the best of the trilogy, which is generally the rule when it comes to sequels and trilogies and I understand the need to stay true to the original concept and maintain the vast audience that the first film captured however I feel that The Bourne Ultimatum is sort of an edited version of the first film. Of course it has a more advanced storyline as a result of the time gap however it almost seems like the same events happen in the two films however minor details have changed. I don't know if the director purposely tried to mirror the first film or not but to my mind the two seem very similar. On paper if one film is very successful then for the sequel it may seem like a good idea to repeat the core storyline however it can come across and tired and repetitive which is why it may be a good idea to end the Bourne films at number three, in that they will be going out with a bang instead of gradually going downhill before bowing out when the series is old and worn out (much like The Spice Girls reunion a couple of years ago... what was that all about?!).
The stunts are absolutely breathtaking, much like they are in the first two films however, like I mentioned previously it does seem like the stunts are just a carbon copy of the first film. If you think back to the first film you'll surely remember the stunning car chase where Jason manoeuvres an old style Mini around the streets of Paris and there's a now famous part of the chase where Jason drives the car down some narrow steps. This was somewhat mirrored in this film although they tried their best to disguise it by using a dirt bike to go up and down the stairs which is a lot less exhilarating than seeing a car do it. That's my only gripe with the film and even if the stunts do ring a few bells they still manage to be extremely enthralling and the film remains to be a taut and exciting film. There's also numerous fight scenes throughout the film, most involving guns however there was one hand to hand combat scene which was amazingly choreographed and really stood out as one of the best parts of the film and with so many great parts it's quite an achievement. It did however remind me of a fight scene from the first film although I'll try not to focus on that too much as it can be forgiven for a few slip ups. Despite all the similarities from the first film, there was something which I found to be a nice inclusion into this film which is Parkour. For those of you unfamiliar with Parkour, it's simply large jumps which can be from building to building, this was an exciting thing to watch in the film, especially with the cat and mouse chase where Jason is stuck right in the middle. The rigorous action sequences really make the film what they are.
The story is equally compelling but for me it's the action which really steals the show. The story takes more of a centre stage with this film though, with it being the supposed last of the series. It's nice to see how the story evolves throughout all three films and as you get to know the character of Jason Bourne you really get behind him and you want to find out more about him just as much as he does! This is a film that demands your full and undivided attention from start to finish and if you fail to give it that then you may become a bit lost in what's going on. The story itself isn't that complicated however the film moves on from scene to scene so quickly that if you miss even a single second then you're going to regret it.
Matt Damon manages to pull off another brilliantly stern yet soft performance as the highly troubled and anxious Jason Bourne. He's really what makes the film for me as at first he doesn't seem like an ideal candidate to play the role but he definitely rises to the challenge. The only other cast member that appears in all three films is Julia Stiles who plays Nicky Parsons. Although appearing in all three films, Nicky has very small and quite insignificant roles in all of the films and it would have been nice if she could have been incorporated a little bit more in the film so we have two main characters to get to know instead of just the one. Another thing that bothered me is the during the film, a relationship is hinted at between the two characters however this is never divulged into which I was quite disappointed about because it would have been nice to get a vague idea of what Jason Bourne was like before the shooting.
Music in a movie isn't something that I normally take much notice of unless it's songs or a style that I'm familiar with. The music featured in the Bourne Ultimatum isn't the style of music that I'm into whatsoever but I think the choice of music throughout all three films is phenomenal, the film simply wouldn't be the same without the tense and dramatic music and recently a lot of films have tried to mimic the sort of music that has become synonymous with the Bourne films. Taken, the 2008 film starring Liam Neeson was one of those films, you could tell straight away that it was trying to copy the Bourne films and it definitely wasn't subtle about it.
There have been numerous other films that have tried yet failed to better the Bourne movies and it's easy to see why. The Bourne films have definitely set the standard for espionage thrillers in the 21st century and so far nothing has managed to even come close to the sheer excitement level that the Bourne films evoke in people. Sadly not even legendary spy series James Bond has managed to better it and some have even said that the Bourne films have completely eclipsed the English national treasure.
Overall this is a film that I would highly recommend, I'm not going to say to anyone because I think to enjoy this film you need to have seen the first two but if you've seen the first two and were put off seeing this film because of the horrible second film then don't be put off. The Bourne Ultimatum is easily 100 times better than the second film and although the first film is the best, for sheer action, excitement and a compelling storyline you can't get better than The Bourne Ultimatum.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £2.99, if this film wasn't appealing enough already, at a price that cheap it's too good to miss. The book that the film is based on is also available for £9.99, I haven't read the book so I couldn't tell you whether it's as good as the film but if the book is half as good as the film then it will be a brilliant read.
The special features include:
Man On The Move: Jason Bourne.
Planning The Punches.
New York Chase.
The Bourne series is probably my favourite ever action/thriller series and this last in the trilogy was a brilliant ending, directed by Paul Greengrass.
The style of The Bourne Ultimatum is very similar to the prequels; unbelievable combat scenes with precision timing, fast-paced, tense and addictive. Matt Damon really was made for this role. He is flawless in all three movies and the small character traits that were started in The Bourne Identity are continued through, such as his dislike for guns. I would say this is the best of the three, then Identity and then Supremacy, which is rare for me because I usually always prefer the first in a series of movies.
The Bourne series is one which has to be watched from the start. If you jump straight into this third one then you will have next to no idea what's going on and the only thing you'll be able to fully enjoy are the amazingly directed and performed fighting scenes.
I'm not sure if this is definitely the last one as spin-offs could be made from the plot but I'd rather it was left alone because as much as I love the series, it would be a shame to spoil it.
I've also pre-ordered the Blu Ray Bourne Ultimate Collection and can't wait to see this movie as well as the prequels in HD.
I recieved the Bourne Ultimatum as a Christmas present last year and I could not wait to watch it. I had seen the two previous films and I was not disappointed when I watched this one either. And well, lets just say, I believe in Bourne. What is usually lacking from a good action packed film is a decent plot, but this one had it all. To be expected really considering the first two films. The film contained fast moving action, insane car chases and mind blowing fight sequences. The film still retained a quality, that air of intelligence carried on from the first two films and I must say it makes the film far more interesting than most action films. Matt Damon once again delivers a knockout performance. He is perfectly suited for playing the rogue CIA agent and it is a joy to watch. I was personally blown away when watching this film and would recommend that everyone watch it.
The Bourne series. Have you caught the buzz that surrounded these unexpectedly superior action films? Well, the final part of the Bourne series does not let us down.
It has all the spills and thrills from the others, and reveals some final truths...But are they unforgettable? Does it culminate with a splash big enough to make them destined for cult status?
Yes and almost....
I have to say that the lack of charisma in Jason Bourne is not a good thing. His facial expressions are limited. Ok, this is relevant to the simple story: not an original one, where a government is using people such as he, to be especially capable. But it's all a bit like The Prisoner, although the intrigue is snappier here and surprising; not trippy. This guy is a hero.
However, I still feel the story and the acting will not give these titles cult status. The story just isn't quite good enough. See 'Tell No One' for the more clever, and more realistic French version of an action movie....
Bourne's search for identity developed with spills and thrills and some jaw-dropping action moments. How? Well, the new trend is for extremely cut sequences that give the impression of action. It's artful, and at times a little annoying. The car chases are like wrestling matches, where you're not sure who is throwing the punches.
But the effect is still surprisingly good, and the films round neatly off with this entertaining, final film.
It won't be the ultimate of its kind tho.
It wasn't until last year that I even started catching up with the Bourne range, somehow I'd given them a wide berth until recently. I finished off watching the final installment (at least until now) The Bourne Ultimatum yesterday. One of the things that I like about this set of films is that because the main character Jason Bourne is suffering from memory loss, you learn more and more about him as it goes on and it seems as though Bourne Ultimatum clears it up, so where as you are a little lost on the first one, all becomes clear by the end and you know the guy's complete history. The only letdown with this is that, if you are watching the last one first, it will make little sense to you, perhaps a clever ploy to get you to watch them all but it could also turn some off if they were to watch The Bourne Ultimatum first.
This film follows in suit and it's the pacey and thrilling spy style which makes Bond look like Miss Marple that keeps us entertained from minute 1, there's a really cool scene at Waterloo train station early on and the film then sweeps through Spain, Morocco and New York (or perhaps Washington, or maybe both..). It's fair to say that all this excitement comes at a cost as the film is fairly unrealistic but that's what you expect from the action genre to be honest, at least the effects are not too overtop.. bar the rather insane roof jumping section in Tangiers. Bourne's shown outstanding talent and had quite a bit of luck in his outings so far and you shouldn't expect it to change in this film but there are more little twists here to ensure that this is highly enjoyable.
~ This Summer Bourne Comes Home ~
The Bourne ultimatum is the third movie in the set and I think is the one I enjoyed the most. I first saw the film when it came out in 2007 and went straight to the cinema to watch it. Being a fan of the films I was excited when this one was released. The opening weekend at the local cinema for this was packed. I am also glad that next year they are releasing a fourth Bourne film even though it is annoying that I have the first 3 in a box set and will have to get this one separately.
The third film has the same director as the second Paul Greengrass and obviously had high expectations due to the success of the second film.
~ INFO ~
Director- Paul Greengrass
Writers- Screenplay- Tony Gilroy and Scott Z Burns
Novel- Robert Ludlum
Music- John Powell
Release Date- 17 August 2007- (UK)
Runtime- 115 Mins
Distributed- Universal Pictures
~ PLOT ~
We continue with the action of Jason Bourne after he escaped form the CIA clutches and disappeared into the crowds in Moscow, Russia. Interestingly the movie begins before the ending of Bourne Supremacy where Jason is shot and struggles to get away from the Russian police. He manages to hold his own and making the comment to them- 'My argument is not with you'. The audience can see he is still fighting with the CIA and is full of revenge from the second film.
The story flashes 6 weeks after and sees that the CIA are still around and still trying to find Bourne. Bourne is fighting new and improved assassins to get information about the CIA who know who he is. They are more advanced and stronger in combat.
More information reveals as he finds that a journalists knows information on Treadstone but he does not manage to get what he wants. He is constantly chased and found while searching for the main leaders of the project. Jason fights to stay alive and has help from agent Nicky Parsons and Pamela Landy, which at the end Jason has the opportunity to meet the leader of Treadstone to confront him.
~ CAST ~
Jason Bourne (David Webb) - Matt Damon
Matt Damon shows his best in this third movie and his acting is yet again superb. The action scenes are more complicated and advanced and the character of Jason Bourne is developing as he finds more information about who he is. Jason continues to fight his way to the answers and the standard is still high.
Nicky Parsons- Julia Styles
Nicky shows a great change in the third film as she helps Bourne instead of hunting him. She has always been scared of him but has not had been really into capturing him. As she meets Bourne randomly when he is trying to find the source she decides to help him escape. Her character has a bigger part to play in this film and becomes one of the main characters.
Julia plays the character extremely well as there is more to play in this than the other two. There are more emotions and more action but the acting is done well.
Pamela Landy- Joan Allen
The character of Landy changes dramatically in this film. She wants to leave Bourne alone but is forced by the CIA to continue hunting for him. As she is released to the truth of Treadstone she gets more determined not to help them and when Bourne contacts her there seems to be a civilised bond between them both.
~ Other Characters ~
Noah Vosen- David Strathairn- plays the head of CIA and is involved with the Treadstone operation. A well respected actor who has appeared in many films, some include- 'Fracture'- 2007, 'Heavens Fall'- 2006 and 'Good Night and Good Luck'- 2005.
Ezra Kramer- Scott Glenn
Desh- Joey Ansah
Neal Daniels- Colin Stinton
Jimmy- Dan Fredenburgh
~ OPENING ~
The opening of the film was prepared greatly and there were premiers in the US, London- UK and Austrailia. It was received very well and it hit a record of $64.2 million the biggest single release grossed that year. There were not many bad reviews of the film which gave it a rating of 93% Rotten Tomatoes.
The only remark given was again as used in the second film- the shaky hand held camera shooting. I think it gives it a much realistic view when doing this so it does not affect the film at all with these comments. The film also appeared on critics top ten lists for the best films of 2007. These including two 1st places with 'Empire' and 'Rotten Tomatoes' and second place with 'USA Today' and 'The Philadelphia Inquirer'.
~ OPINIONS ~
The third film is properly the one I enjoyed the most and I think it has a lot more to it than the other two films. The action is still kept to a maximum and it includes some great chasing scenes. I really liked the way that Greengrass uses flash backs from the other two films and cross references them throughout. The start is a continuation from the ending of the second film which is good to remember where we are. There a lot of similar scenes used in this which compare to scenes from both previous films. For example when Jason sees off Nicky after being on the run she has cut and dyed her hair just like Marie does in Bourne Identity. There are more comparisons such as the ending of this film and the start of Bourne Identity which have an echoing look and the music is repeated.
One of my favourite scenes in the film is the rooftop chase. Bourne is being chased by authorities and Nicky is being hunted by an Assassin called Desh.
The action is fast and the tension grows as Desh closes in on Nicky. Desh and Jason have a hand to hand combat in a small derelict flat which is really interesting. The small space gives them no room to fight and at this point the music is dimmed to nothing so all you can hear is the punches, breathing and anger between the two as they fight. The fight does go on abit but it has a great atmosphere of the struggle to survive. Nicky has to witness a cold killing with bare hands.
Again the film has kept it interesting and has many different locations to keep the audience interested in the action. The travelling shows how hard it is for Bourne to stay hidden in one place and to show how all the authorities in each country especially the EU know that he is a wanted man and they work together in finding him. Unexpectedly I think the Bourne films get better as they go which is unusual as films tend not to have sequels that are better than the first original film.
~ DVD ~
The Bourne Ultimatum- £4.99
- Deleted Scenes
- Man on the Move- filming in the different locations.
- Rooftop Pursuit- The special affects and training for this superb chase.
- Planning the Punches- Matt Damon reveals the fighting training.
- Driving School- Matt explains the training for car chases.
- New York Chase- How the chase Scenes are filmed.
- Feature Commentary with Paul Greengrass.
~ EXTRAS ~
* Filming Locations- Pinewood Studios- London, Tangier, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, NYC and Moscow.
* Bourne Ultimatium won Academy Awards for- 'Best Film Editing', 'Best Sound' and 'Best Sound Editing'.
* In May 2007 matt Damon said he would not be interested in doing a fourth film but now has been confirmed it is in progress and will be released 2010.
~ RECOMMEND ~
This is a must see film and I would recommend to anyone especially those who enjoyed the first two films. It has everything successful action film needs- fast action, Great chemistry between the characters and development in the narrative.
* Thanks for reading * Blackmagicstar4* JAN 09 * Published on both Dooyoo and Ciao under same name.
Yes, it looks pretty. Yes, it's got a ton of action (sadly 90% of that action is highly questionable in it's realism). Yes, it ties up loose ends. If your thinking of going to see this film then watch parts 1 & 2 before you go. You'll understand this film better. This film on it's own doesn't bear well to scrutiny as a stand-alone movie.
Once again we're following spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon, still looking 12 years old in certain scenes). He seems to be having flashbacks about who he really is (come on, be honest - do we really care?) and the memories seem to be coming back in floods.
Such is the premise of the film and what I laughingly refer to as "the plot" is wafer thin. Anyway the CIA are wandering around the world,waving guns in the street without ever getting shot by the local police forces (I think the scene of them getting arrested in Turin should have turned into a shoot-out as they'd already been told shots were fired). A case of Hollywood saying we (the Americans) rule the world and can do what we like anywhere on the planet with no consequences.
You'd be killed by the local police if there were even an iota of realism in this film. Especially in London. Anyway, Bourne happily roves around the world (never being caught at any borders despite the fact the CIA are looking for him. And just HOW did he even get into America?), a passport of his is noticed as he enters Morocco (HOW? The agent very clearly says it had NEVER been on the grid so how did they catch it?).
He is even stupid enough to contact the CIA and insane enough to enter the building (how DID he manage that, by the way?) to rob some documents which allow him to work out the final missing bits in his identity mystery. The film rolls from action sequence to lull to action sequence . The music is the main factor in keeping suspense and interest.
Generally the film is quite bad. Best avoided I think, hopefully it will be the last Bourne film.
The Bourne Ultimatum, directed by Paul Greengrass, is the third installment in the series of films based on the Robert Ludlum novels.
I'm really impressed with this movie considering it's the third outing for the Bourne franchise - often with sequels, the director can find it hard to maintain the quality elements which made the previous films a success. In the case of the Bourne Ultimatum, this isn't a problem. The level of excitement certainly hasn't dropped from the frenetic pace set in the first film and I would therefore say that this is one of the greatest trilogies of all time.
The opening sequences based in London Waterloo station really make for gripping viewing, and the excitement is relentless right through to the closing credits. It's for this reason I believe The Bourne Ultimatum is the best in the trilogy, closely followed by Identity and then Supremacy - although they are all excellent, and it's a close run thing.
Matt Damon is again superb as Jason Bourne - in fact, all the actors do a fantastic job creating believable characters. Other elements from the previous two movies also work beautifully to create an excellent third title - for example, the Shaky camera style, which is still in effect. This helps to create a voyeuristic vision of events unfolding, and places the viewer closer to the action. A few people find this style unpleasant to watch - but it's by no means as difficult to view as say, the more extreme version of the technique used in Cloverfield.
There are three other Bourne books which have the potential to made into films, including; 'The Bourne Legacy', 'The Bourne Betrayal' and 'The Bourne Sanction' - although these weren't written by Robert Ludlum, who sadly passed away in 2001. Maybe the franchise should now be left alone, as they've surely reached their excellent full potential - but who knows?
You can get The Bourne Ultimatum for only £5.98 from Amazon.
Theres no getting around it: there was simply no better summer blockbuster in 2007 than the astonishing The Bourne Ultimatum. Its a film that defies expectations in many ways. Firstly, its a third entry in a trilogy that by some distance in the best in an already-compelling franchise. Secondly, whenThe Bourne Ultimatum kickstarts with a ferocious energy and pace, you sit there and rightly expect it not to keep the momentum going. But it does. And does it astonishingly well. Just witness the breathless sequence through Waterloo Station, convince yourself that the film has peaked then, then go and watch them top it later on in the movie. The film itself has many trump cards, not least its leading man. Matt Damon fits the character of reluctant lead Jason Bourne perfectly, but the trick is to give him some excellent supporting players to work against. Thus, The Bourne Ultimatum also stars the excellent pair of David Straitharn and a returning Joan Allen, along with Albert Finney, Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles too. But the hidden hero of The Bourne Ultimatum is director Paul Greengrass. Arguably one of the most interesting and talented directors working today (he was rightly Oscar-nominated for his haunting United 93), Greengrass has fashioned a genuinely thrilling action thriller, that bursts with an energy and relentlessness that you simply have no right to expect. That he also managed to wrap up the story Jason Bournes quest for his identity in the midst of it is all the more astonishing. A terrific end to an already-impressive trilogy, theres little else ot say about The Bourne Ultimatum, which is simply a near flawless piece of blockbuster entertainment. Put simply: dont miss this movie. --Simon Brew