Movie Reviews: The Bourne Ultimatum

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The best ‘Bourne' yet

by Ray Baxter, senior reviewer

The previous Bourne movies ("The Bourne Identity" from 2002 and "The Bourne Supremacy" from 2004) are two of my favorite spy/action thrillers; all three movies are based on the writings of Robert Ludlum. I also think Matt Damon was made to play the role of Jason Bourne -- although rumor has it, this will be his last one.

For those who may have missed the earlier films, Jason Bourne is the product of a top secret and highly illegal CIA program called Treadstone, which created assassins to take out international enemies of the U.S. When the program was shut down, Jason became the target and the CIA almost took him out. Although he survived, he had no memory of who he was, not even his real name.

The second movie continued with the CIA chasing Jason, and he only wanting to find out the truth about himself and his identity. However, this time he developed a love interest, but she was killed as the movie concluded. Now Jason is out for revenge.

In this movie the Treadstone program has an ancillary called Blackbriar. When a London reporter learns of this and is ready to break the story, Jason sets up a meeting with the reporter at a busy train station. The CIA becomes aware and attempts to kill the story and Jason at the same time.

Fantastic action scenes were filmed among the everyday crowds, with Jason trying to save the reporter's life via cell phone.

From this point on the movie is almost nonstop action as our hero covers the globe with stops that include Moscow, Madrid, Tangiers, Morocco -- where there is another terrific action sequence racing across residential rooftops -- and finally New York City. All this time Senior CIA Agent Noah Vosen (David Stratharin) is dispatching apparent platoons of agents to eliminate Jason, but with little success.

Back from the last movie is Agent Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and by now, she realizes Bourne's plight and wants to help save him.

Albert Finney is back again as the ruthless CIA official Dr. Hirsch and the man Jason will have to confront if he is ever going to find out his true identity and survive.

One of the filming aspects that make this movie unique is the speed with which the scenes change. The technique, while unique, interferes with the film's flow.

Otherwise, this may be the best Bourne movie yet.

An excellent movie closes trilogy

by Austin Bai, teen reviewer

I must confess, the only spy movies I ever watched and liked were the 007 series where the unbearably suave and hip Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery neatly assassinates evil-doers, pilots speeding BMWs (fully loaded with laser-guided missiles, automatic machine guns, and XM satellite radio), and seduces beautiful women on soft sensual beaches under a balmy Mediterranean sun.

I am also fond of the Austin Powers spy movies, but I shall not delve into that. So, when I was told to review the "Bourne Ultimatum," I was reluctant since I knew this movie is the last episode in a trilogy -- that usually leads to a tepid, lame, tasteless, and awful film.

I have not seen the two predecessor films, but, due to my innate fearless nature, I tackled this assignment.

I rented and watched the "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy."

I became a fan.

I refuse to give you a synopsis, because it is a "mystery" thriller and whatever I write will ruin your movie experience (and consequently your day, or if you are a fanatical fan -- your life!)

If you did your homework and watched the previous films, you will not be disappointed.

Jason gets into even bloodier and brutal brawls with even more highly trained assassins.

He gets physically abused pretty badly. Thankfully, his lethal ability of wielding a bulky biology textbook and bath towels as weapons was useful. Jason also does some suicidal maneuvers involving a luxury sedan and a three-story building. Afterwards, of course he still gets chased endlessly by some very persistent and diligent and frustrated bad guys, in this case, the CIA.

If you've been watching cable TV, I'm sure you've seen that Volkswagen commercial loudly announcing the prominent featuring of its new Toureg SUV co-starring in the film. Well, it is. In the film it is driven by a ticked-off assassin working for the antagonist.

Our hero only gets to drive a moderately used, somewhat fast, but very sturdy, police cruiser, a far cry from James Bond's vehicles.

Despite the $170 million budget for this film, the audience does not get to feast on a dazzling array of exotic cars and the movie is still excellent.

This was a great film, on par with ‘Identity' and ‘Supremacy.'

Matt Damon is a skillful martial arts master and a maniacal driver.

Just go watch this movie, it's good, I promise!

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