MOVIE REVIEW – ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’

Review by J.T. Johnson

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2007
DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Oliver Wood
WRITERS: Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi
MUSIC: John Powell

Jason Bourne is back and now he continues his quest to find out the origins of how he became a covert government agent and bring down those who made him what he is. Matt Damon returns as the super spy along with Joan Allen and Julia Stiles in what is, by far, the best film in the Bourne trilogy. Also joining them is David Strathairn as the Deputy Director of the CIA who is trying to bring Bourne down.

Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy”, returns as the director of the third entry in the Bourne series and does a remarkable job like he did with the second film. Greengrass’ biggest accomplishment is that he makes this film work with the other two films and truly makes it a trilogy.

The look and style is similar to the first two films. The audience is instantly brought back into Bourne’s world with ease. Damon, Stiles and Allen return and give great performances once again.

Damon’s Bourne has finally accepted that running is no longer the solution and he decides to take on his former masters with a vengeance. Allen is back as the woman who was tracking Bourne down in the second film and this time she is trying everything in her power to help Bourne remember who he is while also helping him take down those responsible.

The biggest newcomer to the series is Strathairn. This time, he plays the central villain who is giving Bourne a hard time. He is on par with Chris Cooper from the first film and he may even be a better baddie than Cooper. Strathairn is great at playing a man who seems determined to get Bourne while keeping the audience guessing as to why his character is so determined.

The only problem that I could see with the film is that it picks up directly after “The Bourne Supremacy” and those who have not seen that film will need to watch it before coming into this movie. Greengrass and the cast of the Bourne movies have done an exceptional job at finishing off the “Bourne Trilogy” and have secured this series as one of the best spy franchises ever to hit the big screen.

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