Friday, August 31, 2007

REVIEW: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

Directed By: Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93)

Starring: Matt Damon (as Jason Bourne), Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Albert Finney


The Bourne Ultimatum follows the story of Jason Bourne, this time giving us a little bit more information on his past, including his real name. A cat and mouse game with the CIA ensues when Bourne tracks down a journalist who can fill him in on clues to his past.

Now I have to be honest with you, the reader. I DID have a few wines with this film as I don't often go to the Gold Class cinema (that's the fancy one with big leather recliners and a la carte service). This did make some of the action scenes difficult to watch (comfy lounge, too many sav blancs) and I may have nodded off during a slow bit (but was quickly elbowed by my good friend who was horrified).

I can however tell you that this was definitely a movie worthy of the BOURNE title. Matt Damon's sometimes chilling performance was once again impossbile to fault. His dedication to the character and to the film is evident in his physical and mental appearance on screen. Joan Allen and Julia Stiles (this time with more to do) both give it their all in supporting roles.

Slightly disappointing were performances by David Strathairn who came off as more of a corporate jerk than a real adversary, and Albert Finney, who could have also been a tad more dedicated to the role. Despite this, they were still more than adequate...I just expected them to bring their 'A game'.

The Bourne Ultimatum was a high octane actioner that takes its place proudly with the first two films. I don't think it's the best one of the lot but it's certainly a great movie. The ending also leaves it open for a sequel, I say let sleeping Bournes lie. However, The Bourne Ultimatum is more than deserving of a second (sober) screening. I'm rather looking forward to it!

3/5 Slightly Inebriated Stars!

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