Captain Critic Presents: “The Bourne Ultimatum”

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Everyone loves a success story and Hollywood is no exception, so when Hollywood creates a successful movie it continues to return to the well, until it’s dry. So the big question is, has The “Bourne” franchise finally been pumped dry?

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THE BOURNE DOUBLE-TAKE BREAKDOWN REVIEW: “The Bourne Ultimatum” is the third installment in the “Bourne” saga, and once again Jason Bourne returns seeking vengeance on the people responsible for making him the killing machine that he’s become. Still piecing together his past, Bourne desperately wants to regain his memory. Now on a non-stop quest from Moscow, through Europe, and finally to New York City in a violent crusade to settle old debts. His past still haunts him with the recent murder of his girlfriend being especially painful. A covert government agency codenamed “Blackbriar” has ordered an all-out assault on Jason Bourne. Now it’s personal, and Bourne is not a forgiving man.

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Nothing comes easy for Jason Bourne. He’s relentlessly pursued by government agents, thugs, and scores of cops in a hail of bullets. Sound familiar? It should, “The Bourne Ultimatum” is cut from the same cloth as the previous “Bourne” films, only much, much more frantic. Gosh, I can’t describe just how fast and frantic this movie’s pacing is. The constant use of rapid scene cuts (most cuts are shorter than four seconds, yes I counted) and an extremely shaky handheld camera technique left me reaching for the Dramamine. It stands to reason that with such quick cuts there’s not much room for intriguing dialogue, or the time for any actual “acting”. Basically the entire movie is one long chase scene. The government surveillance of its citizens in this movie is omnipresent, reminiscent of “1984”. There’s nowhere Bourne can go that he’s not recognized. Please try a disguise, a wig, glasses, clown nose, something, anything to help hide your identity. Luckily for Bourne most of the government agents are clueless drones, and Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) is once again called upon to save the day. She’s dealt with Bourne before and understands his motivations. Even with these complaints I have to admit “The Bourne Ultimatum” is exhilarating viewing at times. Matt Damon, as Jason Bourne, turns in a frenzied performance, pushing the action envelope. A favorite scene involves a rooftop chase in which Bourne leaps from roof to roof while being pursued by the police, with the chase culminating in Bourne leaping across a wide alley and through a  window high above the ground. Filmed from behind it’s just amazing to watch. “The Bourne Ultimatum” contains the stereotypical action movie fare, car chases, snappy one liners, hand to hand combat, gun play, etc. all the boxes were checked. I have to mention a nice performance by Albert Finney as Dr. Hirsh, the wonderfully malevolent government agent at the root of Bourne’s torments. The animosity between Hirsh and Bourne is palpable, and left me wanting more. A somewhat satisfying ending has Bourne finally receiving some answers, and of course leaves room for another sequel. Compared to most action flicks “The Bourne Ultimatum” is superior to most, but is starting to show some tread wear. Fans of the “Bourne” franchise will probably love it. FINAL SCORE: 84% Juicy Popcorn

Here’s the trailer:

Cast:
Matt Damon- Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles- Nicky Parsons
David Straithairn- Noah Vosen
Pamela Landy- Joan Allen
Albert Finney- Dr. Albert Hirsh

Directed by:
Paul Greengrass

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