The Bourne Ultimatum
Movie Stats & Links
||Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David
Strathairn, Joan Allen
||Leave them at
home, this is for teens and above.
||If she liked "The
Bourne Supremacy" she'll love this one.
||Lots of fighting
but we usually don't see people die.
||From start to
||I loved Jason
Bourne leading Simon Ross through the train station.
||Agent: "He drove
off the roof!"
Patrick Crowley, Paul L. Sandberg
Hereís some helpful advice if you are a nosey newspaper
dude, have people trying to kill/kidnap you, and the only person
helping to keep you alive is a rogue government agent who
just beat the crap out of two of the goons Ė Do exactly
what the agent says, do not deviate, do not think you know
more than the agent, and do not open a door unless you are
told to do so. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) tried to help the dude,
but sadly the newspaper dude thought he could run for
safety. What a bonehead!
The Bourne Ultimatum
A Movie Review
Anyway, Jason Bourne is back, still trying to find who
made him like he is, and youíd be hard-pressed to find a
action-packed as "The Bourne Ultimatum" is, ever. The
CIA, meanwhile, is still trying to find him, and as in
Bourne Supremacy," there are those in the government who
need him dead, especially to hide some dirty, little
It seems in this installment there is a CIA dude, Neil
Daniels (Colin Stinton), who doesnít like the government
program "Blackbriar," which was born out of the "Treadstone"
era, and has been leaking some information to a British
reporter, Simon Ross (Paddy Considine). Now, because the
government is monitoring all of our phone calls, all around
the world, for key words, when Simon utters "Blackbriar" on
his cell phone little does he realize the degree of spy-dom
that he is about to unleash. Within moments phones are
tapped, he is being trailed, and now that Jason Bourne has
read Simonís latest installment about himself, Jason enters
Simonís life, trying to save the dude so he can find out
about "Blackbriar" and thus, where he came from.
And so "The Bourne Ultimatum" begins traversing the
European countryside as Jason looks for Neil, he finds Nicky
Parsons (Julia Stiles, whom I still have a crush on) in
Madrid, the both of them head to Tangier where Neil
supposedly is hiding out (and he's an idiot), an "asset," a.k.a. assassin, is dispatched to
kill Neil, Nicky, and Jason, but Jason will have none of
that, well at least not all of that, and in the meantime,
back in the states, Noah (David Strathairn), leading the CIA
folks in New York City, is pissing the hell out of Pamela
Landy (Joan Allen back for more fun) as he crosses a line in
the aspects of killing people.
Jason, of course, because we know from the movie trailer,
makes his way back to NYC, finds a "friend" in Pam, leads Noah
and his people on a couple of wild goose chases, and finally
finds out how he became the killing machine he has become.
In following in the tradition of "The Bourne" movie
franchise this third installment will give you just about
everything you are looking for, and expect, following "The
Bourne Supremacy." You have the sneaky government, with even
more internal sneakiness by those thinking they have
ultimate power; you have scary technology that can track you
anywhere in the world; you have "assets" who lack the skills
of the ultimate "asset"; you have car chases that are
utterly fantastic and over-the-top; you have action and
suspense from start to finish; you get a chuckle or two from
some fantastically placed dialogue; and you have Jason Bourne,
in ultimate Bourne-ness.
I loved this movie even more so than the "Supremacy"
flick. Sure, things were a little over-the-top at times, but
the inventiveness (like how Bourne gets into Noahís safe)
eclipsed the previous two, and I liked that Julia Stiles had a
larger role in this installment, especially since I'm a
stalker of hers.
You will get exactly what you expect in this movie, and
then some, because there really isnít a dull spot from start
to finish. The movie starts with Bourne on the run; the
movie ends with another movie able to be made if the film
folks so choose. Just keep Paul Greengrass directing, keep
the writing as we have come to love it, and this franchise can probably
continue for a long while.
A great thriller. Iím giving "The Bourne Ultimatum" 5
stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!