Movie Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

Olivia and I saw The Bourne Ultimatum in Gold Class last Friday night, thanks to tickets that were my parent's Christmas present to us. To go along with the tickets, Mum and Dad also offered to babysit too - thank you Mum & Dad!

The Bourne Ultimatum (IMDb, Wikipedia, official site) is the third in the Bourne series (after The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy) which are very loosely based on the Robert Ludlum book series.

I think the appeal of these movies are the down-to-earth nature of the main character, the charm of Matt Damon, Bourne's pacifist approach (he's like the A-Team, he doesn't kill anyone!) and seeing one guy try to do the right thing in the face of overwhelming opposition. Ultimatum continues with these themes nicely.

The movie picks up directly after Supremacy and the action starts straight away. In fact, this movie had more action than either of the other two, and seemed to be faster paced. There are pursuits all over the globe, with one scene early in the film letting the audience see a little of how Jason Bourne's mind works when he assists a newspaper reporter to outwit pursuing CIA agents.

Pamela Landy is back, set opposite a ruthless CIA chief who seems intent on destroying Bourne and all who have had contact with him. Nicky also plays a more prominent role too. The film heats up when Jason Bourne starts to remember how he became a cold-blooded CIA assassin, and determines to travel back to the USA to confront those responsible.

While I enjoyed this film (and saw it as a fitting conclusion to the first two, even if the door was left open for further additions), it was more "Hollywood" than Identity or Supremacy. My two biggest gripes are the couple of instances where technology played an unrealistic part, and the two or three times when Bourne is being hotly pursued by the police force of a country, only to breeze through customs in the next scene. Do police give up that easily? Does he even need a disguise?

Overall I would rate this film 8 out of 12. Given the fact that I loved the first two, I was always going to see this one. I enjoyed it, but I just felt it wasn't quite as good as the others.

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