Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

I am a sucker for a well plotted action film. And while I like watching Bond films, they aren’t my favorites because they sometimes depend too much on gimmicky technology. In the Bourne films, the title character uses whatever is handy to get the job done be it in “unarmed” combat, car chases or contacting potential allies.

When the first Bourne movie was being advertised, I wasn’t interested in seeing it. It used that tired old “amnesia” hack plot. I was happily surprised that the plot was multilevel and that the amnesia bit was not the most important thing about the movie, although it is a driving character trait for Bourne.

It is intriguing having an actor that was not known for action movies play the role of a heavily action oriented character. Matt Damon I think really did a fine job. He is not a Bond type, not tall, not swarthy. He looks like an everyman. Jason Bourne is another character that would fit into a modern day League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. So would Will Hunting… but that is best left for another topic.

Julia Stiles has a larger role in this installment. I have liked her in other films. In this effort she really is able to pull off some very subtle acting in her role as Nicky Parsons. Her demeanor in a few scenes really make you want to know more about her character.

Ultimatum is the third movie and either the writers were fantastic at weaving backstory into it, or the movies were plotted together from in onset. I can not think of any plot holes or gaffs. As a trilogy it really stands on its own, however, I would not be upset if another strong Bourne story makes it to the screen. Maybe it could fill us all in on Nicky Parsons.

The music is strong. I have come to appreciate that a strong soundtrack can make a move more enjoyable. Because of these movies I have become a fan of Moby.

This is a very good movie, and I will be purchasing it when it becomes available.


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