Movie Review – The Bourne Ultimatum – What a FINISH

The Bourne Ultimatum

Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation BlackBriar–an upgrade to Project Treadstone–in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne (Damon) sets up a meeting with Ross (Considine) and realizes instantly they’re being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company’s best efforts in trying to eradicate him.

As it was a trilogy from the start, I’ve always looked forward to the next Bourne movie since I saw The Bourne Identity (7.5) back in 2002. Following that was the excellent The Bourne Supremacy (7.5) in 2004 – which I’m happy to say was above my expectations. The first two gave me faith that the third would not disappoint.

Unlike Matrix….which had the best first part of any trilogy – one of the best movies ever. The second two were barely worth watching.

Lord of the Rings ended badly.

Most of the others are just franchises gone on too long (Ocean’s 11, Pirate, Spiderman 3) – all which were horribly dissapointing.

I’ve been waiting most of the year for The Bourne Ultimatum – and I have to say it didn’t disappoint – AT ALL.

This is probably the first trilogy that gives me 100% satisfaction without, each movie is different enough to stand strongly alone – but similar enough to fit well in the series. I’d kept hearing it was great, good, amazing but I stayed away from the reviews.

It’s jumped into the Top 250 on IMDB at #98.

Matt Damon is of course superb again as Jason Bourne.

Matt Damon

There is however a lot more development of characters in this movie and considerably less action, which in a way makes it even more compelling. The Bourne character has been well developed, and his relationship was somewhat abrubtly ended…so the development is more on those inside the CIA and those that made Bourne and others like him – which they call ‘assets’.

I shall be buying the original box set trilogy as I love each movie and can see myself watching them many more times.

I give it an excellent finish to the series 9/10.




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12 Responses to Movie Review – The Bourne Ultimatum – What a FINISH

  1. aeroplane1234 October 31, 2007 at 11:31 am #

    totally agreet to you, seldom there sequels are better than the earlier ones

    i cant wait to see how more boring Resident Evil can be later. if this time they are planning to show a 3quarter naked Alice again at the begining of the show, pls show me some pubic hair, that really means “improvement”

    more blood, more guns, more death, more Alice(s) … what else!

  2. Matthew October 31, 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    did you watch it at the local cineplex or on a dvd?

    i copied a not-so-legal dvd from a friend and it was corrupted, boohoohoo…

    it wasn’t out in Bintulu 🙁

  3. KY October 31, 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    definitely one of the best trilogies ever. there are a lot of subtle sequences that reflects a lot about the whole spy world and even the real world.

    I also like the fact that they didn’t fall down to the whole romantic trap

  4. js October 31, 2007 at 6:52 pm #

    jason bourne is like teh american ver of james bond. Of course jason doesn’t mind not driving an aston, any car that would run is good enough.

    in the midst of downloading saw4 – best B-grade movie ever hehe. might review it when have time.

  5. Ted November 1, 2007 at 12:19 am #

    My feelings were mixed about the flick – the lack of steadycam use made the action scenes more, for lack of a better word, realistic; the trade-off it rendered them nearly unviewable and hence, less enjoyable.

    This wasn’t the last movie, BTW – the next in the series is due out in 2010 – “The Bourne Redundancy”… [snicker]



  6. Suet November 1, 2007 at 10:42 am #

    That’s not true. Pirates is a good trilogy, it’ll grow on you! 🙂 But I’ve gotta agree, Bourne is better than everything else. Bond can’t hold an automatic sleek candle to it.

  7. ShaolinTiger November 1, 2007 at 11:30 am #

    aeroplane1234: Yah can’t say I’m looking forwards to RE:3.

    Matthew: Cinema of course 🙂

    KY: Yeah it’s intelligent, and technological (beyond current bounds) without being over the top and stupid.

    js: Yeah hot-wiring a tiny little bike is ok for him!

    Ted: That’s the directors style, it intensifies the almost claustrophic fight scenes which tend to take place at close quarters in small spaces.

    Suet: You can’t be SERIOUS?! Pirates 1 was fantastic, watched it more than 10 times – one of my favourite movies. Pirates 2 was a filler and Pirates 3 was just a waste of time…no consitency at all.

  8. Suet November 1, 2007 at 11:55 am #

    You must excuse the fact that I love Capt. Sparrow A LOT (although I don’t like J.Depp portraying Roald Dahl’s Wonka). =) I agree the first was the best, but I also favoured 2nd and 3rd simply because it has tentacles and sea witches! 😀

  9. gazard7 November 3, 2007 at 11:34 am #

    Sound good, since I haven’t watch any of the bourne movies yet. must give it a try.

  10. ShaolinTiger November 5, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    Suet: Well that’s a fair point…but still the second felt too much like a filler leading on the third…then the third was just disappointing – not enough capt sparrow!

    gazard7: Yeah watch all 3, you won’t regret it.