Making his way out
of Russia, Jason Bourne (Damon) continues to have flashbacks about his past
but when Guardian reporter Simon Ross (Considine) uncovers the truth behind
Treadstone and Jason Bourne, he makes contact to see what he has uncovered.
Ross's investigation also brings him to the attention of the CIA and Deputy
Director Noah Vosen (Strathairn), who puts out the order to silence him
at any cost but Bourne gets their first and uncovers a trail that will lead
him to discovering everything about his past.
The franchise that
reinvigorated the spy genre and pushed it to a whole new level returns but
can Jason Bourne still outshine James Bond?
The first two movies,
'The Bourne Identity' and 'The Bourne Supremacy', in the franchise took
Robert Ludlum's novels and gave them a modern upgrade into a new millennium
spy thriller. There impact was felt across the spy franchise, affecting
everything that followed. Movies had to make the story just as vital as
the action sequences, if not more so. The Bourne movies treated the audience
with an intelligence seldom seen since the 70s heyday of political spy thrillers
and the rest of Hollywood had to take notice. This also made the biggest
spy franchise ever to completely change its approach and move in a new,
more realistic direction with 'Casino Royale'. So if James Bond was taking
notice, the 'Bourne' movies really made an impact.
Taking the title
of the third Robert Ludlum novel but changing and updating most of the story,
'The Bourne Ultimatum' continues directly from the end of the Russian story
that drove the finale of 'Supremacy'. This approach takes you straight into
the story as Jason has another flashback about his past that leads back
to the very beginning, as he becomes part of the Treadstone programme. Of
course Jason's path to uncovering the truth will not be simple as the CIA
go to great lengths to stop him discovering everything and exposing not
only the Treadstone project but everything other programme that followed.
For Matt Damon,
this is the role that will define his career. This franchise turned him
from Oscar winning, screenwriter/character actor into action superstar.
He defined the style of how action characters should be played in the new
millennium. Gone are the huge muscles, the inability to speak long pieces
of dialogue and the endless parade of weapons that inflict bigger and bigger
damage to be replaced by realistic fighting, story defining dialogue and
the ability to use anything as a weapon from a pen to a book. Matt Damon
showed that a real actor could be a realistic action star and the fact that
he did almost all of his own stunts shows that technology and the skill
of the current stunt teams can make anyone an action maestro. The character
of Jason Bourne is also extremely we defined and the third movie goes on
to reveal more about he became the way he is and how the events of the three
films have affected him and Matt Damon plays him with great skill.
With a lead actor
defining how an action character should be played, he would be nothing without
a top-notch supporting cast and the 'Bourne' movies have always had this.
Joan Allen and Julia Stiles return as Pamela Landy and Nicky Parsons but
it is the new cast members that really make an impact. The always-brilliant
David Strathairn plays CIA deputy director Noah Vosen, the man trying to
stop Jason Bourne discovering anymore about his past and exposing the truth
about Treadstone and the programmes that followed. Scott Glenn brings some
class as CIA director Ezra Kramer. There is also a pivotal role for the
legendary Albert Finney, who eats up the screen every time he graces it.
With action sequences
that are some of the best and most realistic seen on the big screen and
a story that is riveting throughout, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' is brilliant
continuation of the Jason Bourne story. While you do need to have seen the
previous two movies to get the most out of the film, this is a superb movie
in its own right and one that sets a new standard for action cinema and
one that proves that Bourne, Jason Bourne is just as big a character in
the espionage genre as a certain British secret agent.
Presented in Widescreen
2.35:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is very
with Director Paul Greengrass
The man behind the second and third film in the 'Bourne' franchise and one
of the most exciting and interesting filmmakers working in cinema today
provides a vibrant and passionate commentary track for a movie he clearly
loves. He talks extensively about the production of the movie, highlighting
its structure and tempo, making it the ultimate chase movie. This is an
excellent track from a filmmaker at the top of his game.
These six deleted scenes that show more of the inner workings on the CIA,
the Madrid assassination and explaining more about what Bourne is doing
and why, suffer from the lack of a commentary track or introduction to reveal
why they were removed.
Man on the Move:
Jason Bourne (24.00 mins)
Director Paul Greengrass, producers Patrick Crowley, Paul Sandberg and Frank
Marshall, art director Alan Gillmore and stars Matt Damon, Julia Stiles,
Edger Ramirez and Joey Ansah take you behind the scenes of the Berlin, Paris,
London, Madrid and Tangier location shoots. Here we see the construction
of key scenes in some of the world's busiest cities as the third movie in
the franchise travels throughout Europe.
Roof Top Pursuit
Director Paul Greengrass, 2nd Unit director Dan Bradley, stunt coordinator
Gary Powell and star Matt Damon take you to Tangiers to reveal how Jason
Bourne ran across the rooftops and jumped between buildings.
Fight coordinator Jeff Imada and stars Matt Damon and Joey Ansah take you
through the fight choreography for the apartment fight in Tangiers.
2nd Unit director Dan Bradley and star Matt Damon practice for the roof
top car pursuit scene in New York.
New York Chase
2nd Unit director Dan Bradley, stunt drivers Kevin Scott and Scott Roger
and star Matt Damon take you behind the scenes of adrenalin filled car chase
through New York.
The DVD treatment
for 'The Bourne Ultimatum' is good and one that fans should be pleased with.
The commentary track from director Paul Greengrass is extremely good and
the featurettes cover most aspects of the film's production. A look at the
history of the character and writer Robert Ludlum wouldn't have gone a miss
but this is still a good package.
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