August 17, 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
Studio: Universal Pictures Rating: PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action.
Matt Damon returns as superspy Jason Bourne in the third chapter of the trilogy "The Bourne Ultimatum."
Bourne is a killing machine who doesn't want to hurt anyone else. He's an undercover agent tired of secrets and hiding. He's a man without a past trying desperately to figure out who he is.
Damon's complicated hero is at his best in this film. All he wants is to be left alone, but when hired killers keep popping up to take him out Bourne decides he must go back to where it all started to find the answers he needs to put an end to the violence.
However, the government which created him isn't going to give up the chase without a fight. Shady officials keep the heat on Bourne while trying to eliminate him once and for all.
Bourne has been called America's James Bond. But unlike the dapper and debonair British secret agent, Bourne is down and dirty. Both get the job done, just in very different ways. Damon has really grown into the role. He's a reluctant warrior but when pushed he can push back very hard. The supporting cast of Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn and Julia Stiles all deliver very nice performances. You either love them or hate them, depending on their characters' decisions.
Director Paul Greengrass has put his signature on this movie. His handheld camera action sequences have become a trademark. They draw you into the movie like a visual roller coaster, making you feel each twist and turn as if you were along for the ride.
Great acting, writing and directing add up to a sensational movie which satisfies on several different levels.
On my rating scale, "The Bourne Ultimatum" hits a Home Run.