The Bourne Ultimatum

Intelligence meets action !

Third in the Bourne series, the sequels only seem to get better. After Bourne Identity (2002) and Bourne Supremacy (2004), comes the absolutely roaring Bourne Ultimatum. Helmed by Paul Greengrass (who also directed Bourne Supremacy) this movie is a perfect example of a brilliant action movie which is why I started off by saying-Intelligence meets action.

Couple of reasons for that actually. The movie for those unfamiliar with the first two parts or unfamiliar with the books written by Robert Ludlum, is about Jason Bourne an intelligence operative and one of the best assassins ever, who's trying to piece together his past, having to face not only his enemies but also his former employer, in trying to put together the puzzle that is his past. And, there's a lot of beautiful action.

In this part Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is out for revenge, as promised since his girlfriend was killed in India. There is Operation Brackbear which is nothing but Operation Treadstone rejuvenated and run by CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen (David Strathairn) and then there's Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) who's after the truth and on Jason's side. There are a host of other colourful and well cast characters forming Directors, Psychologists, Assassins who are a part of the plot which I won't go into because this tale is to be watched and not told.

Matt Damon puts in a sterling performance as the assassin trying to piece together his past and the action scenes are absolutely breathtaking, almost like a well choreographed poem in motion. There's this chase in the train station which is pure bliss to watch. You have to watch it to believe it and I wonder at the efforts of the screenplay writer and the director to just put that one sequence together. It's one piece of heart thumping cinema.

For those of us who have read the books, these movies are like a very welcome and quick refresher to the story obviously because the movies are faithful to the basic storyline but are adapted to suit the cinema form of storytelling, thereby eliminating a host of details and characters, but then I am not complaining. I will take these movies any day over having to read through the books again !

You come away from this movie wanting to go home and watch the first two parts all over again and then wanting to watch this part again. That's what I did. And I am waiting for the DVD of this part coming out and you can be sure I will add it to my collection !


Meg McNeaL October 23, 2007 at 10:06 PM  

You said that just like I would.
I just found out that there is going to be a HBO Follow up on "The Bourne"
series. For more information and to leave your comments please Go

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