Classic Movie Review: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Posted: May 17, 2013 in Drama
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Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is still in Russia after apologizing to the daughter whose parents he killed.  Bourne finds out that a reporter from London named Simon Ross (Paddy Harrington) has found out about Jason Bourne as is writing about another covert program that Bourne may or may not have been a part of called Blackbrier.  Bourne tracks Simon to London, but Simon is shot by a CIA operative who’s following Bourne at the direction of Noah Vosen  (David Strathairn) Vosen is in the upper echlon of the CIA.  Simon Ross got his information from the CIA station chief in Madrid, Neal Daniels, (Colin Stinton) so Bourne goes to Madrid, one step ahead of the CIA, who is trying to kill him.  In Madrid, Bourne is given cover by an unlikely source, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles).  In Madrid, Bourne finds documents on Blackbrier, and decides to head to a CIA office in New York, where Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) and Vosen are still trying to track Bourne.  What does Bourne do in New York?  Does he turn himself in?

This is a fitting end to a great trilogy.  This movie has everything, terrific action scenes, a thinking man’s hero, a smattering of politics, real villains, and could it be, an unrequited love story?  The acting is first rate, top notch, what’s another superlative?  There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the acting in this movie.  Matt Damon is at the top of his game here, he’s smart enough to figure things out on the fly, and tough enough to get out of many hairy situations.  This is old school heroics, Gary Cooper type stoicism,, that’s why this is such a great movie, he has a job to do and he does it.  Staithairn is just as stoic playing the heavy, his job is the opposite of Bourne’s, he tries to cover up what Bourne is trying to dig up.  Joan Allen is a good guy, if there is one in this movie, she’s trying to bring Bourne in, as gently as she can.  Julia Stiles is the only dud in this whole movie, she has two facial expressions in this movie, bored and less bored.  The writing is interesting once again, with a new covert program to track down, it all starts with the words on the page, and these are some good words.  The direction is good, with at least one memorable chase scene, allows the story to develop, and then goes back to action, never a laggard moment.

The Bourne Ultimatum:  Bourne in the USA


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