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August 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum

By Wilson Morales

The Bourne Ultimatum

Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Greengrass
Producers: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, and Paul L. Sandberg
Screenwriter: Tony Gilroy, Tom Stoppard, Scott Burns, Paul Attanasio, based on the novel by Robert Ludlum
Composer: John Powell
Cinematographer: Oliver Wood
Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert Finney


If there was one franchise that only got better by doing less, and giving the audience what they wanted to see, it’ the Bourne Franchise, as Jason Bourne. When ‘The Bourne Identity’ first came out, it was a man who lost his memory and was trying to piece together the events that led to his unexpected ability to be a killing machine and have no compassion. That was the crux of the story was about an assassin gone wild. Then, when ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ came out, it was pretty much the same story but with more action, more bloodshed, and more entertainment. In the summer when folks just want to a complex story that has substance through its acting and action, the Bourne franchise is the one to. With “The Bourne Ultimatum”, not only is it fast-paced, riveting, but it is probably the best action films to date that doesn’t involved so much special effects.

Not straying too far at all from the last film, “The Bourne Ultimatum” picks up sometime after Bourne discovered who his betrayers were and who was out to kill, yet finds himself still on the run, as the CIA, or rather the undisclosed agency has many out in the world still hunting him. When a British journalist prints a story about him and a certain operations, it arises fear within the government who need to put the writer out of commission, but Jason is out to protect him and find out what he knows about his past. Black Ops Enforcer Vosen (Strathairn) is brought in to command the search for Bourne, and reluctantly has to have CIA Internal Investigator Pamela Landy (Allen) by his side, since she knows how the last operation in tracing Bourne went. Landy is also has a soft spot for Bourne, believing he is railroaded the government that set him in motion and be the killing machine that he is. Also on hand but caught in the middle of the plot to search and kill Bourne is Nicky Parsons, the agent assigned to man Bourne is searching for. When his lead turns to a dead end yet exposes and Nicky to assassins, it’s a race against time for Bourne to use his skills to survive and come home to face the folks out to destroy him.

To say more about what happens within the film would be to give the whole film away. All you need to know is that Director Paul Greengrass is very skillful in just letting the action do most of the talking, and there’s plenty of it. The quick cut and the fight scenes are simply the most realistic ones on screen today. No special effects, just pure mano-o-mano, and Damon is just as good as the guys he is fighting against. The storyline comes to a somewhat end, but with the way box office results are these days for this franchise, life could still exist for Jason Bourne.