Reviewed by: Taran Gingery
|Featuring||Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Julia Stiles (Nicky Parsons), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen), Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramírez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Tom Gallop, Corey Johnson, Daniel Brühl, See all »|
|Producer||Zakaria Alaoui, Patrick Crowley, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Donna Langley, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Henry Morrison, Colin J. O'Hara, Paul Sandberg, Andrew R. Tennenbaum, Jeffrey M. Weiner|
“This summer Jason Bourne comes home”
In “The Bourne Identity,” he lost his past. In “The Bourne Supremacy,” his present was taken away from him. Now, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is on the run again as they attempt to destroy his future. Still suffering from amnesia and in search of secrets of his past, Bourne comes out of hiding to find Simon Ross (Paddy Considine), a reporter who has written an article concerning Bourne and an elusive project known as Blackbriar.
Things don’t go as planned and Bourne realizes that the CIA is desperate to cover up any hint of Blackbriar, even if it means taking out Bourne once and for all. So, with CIA agents, led by unorthodox Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), hot on his trail, Bourne races against time, battles deadly assassins and finds unexpected allies as he comes closer and closer to uncovering the truth behind Jason Bourne.
As far as action movies goes, the Bourne series have proven to be some of the best, and even more so because they present a “killer with a conscience,” or at least one who tries to listen to it. Indeed, several times throughout “The Bourne Ultimatum,” Bourne has the chance to kill his enemies and opts to leave them living or at least knock them out. Even so, the violence is heavy, with quite a few brutal fistfights, one resulting in a man choked to death after he and Bourne beat each other with fists and blunt objects. Another character is shot in the head with bloody results and Bourne, often bloodied throughout the film, patches up a nasty wound. A prolonged car chase results in an unimaginable pile-up with a possibly large body count.
Language is moderate, with several mild curse words. As the pursuit becomes more complicated, Vosen’s favorite phrase becomes 'What the h*** is going on?' and he repeats it many times, but that’s about as bad as it gets. There is also a brief flashback of Bourne and Marie, his old girlfriend, kissing in a shower.
I will admit that I was looking forward to seeing how Jason Bourne would come to terms with his past and with his sense of morality in his killer’s personality. There are times in this film where you can see Bourne’s struggle to do what is right and to do what his instincts tell him to do. Sometimes his instincts win, other times they do not. In the end, though, the lesson he learns is that nobody made him who he was, rather that he made himself that person through his own choices. This is true of all of us. None of us are made to sin or not to sin or to do anything, it all comes from our own hearts and our own choices that we make.
I recommend “The Bourne Ultimatum” to anyone who enjoyed the first two. The filming, while shot in the same dizzying style as “Supremacy,” is still excellent. Damon is still a strong Bourne. All the new actors make an impression, but returning stars Joan Allen and Julia Stiles continue to stand out. Mysteries are explained and some are left to our imagination. Above all, Bourne continues to stand out as an action hero who wants to do good when all his instincts and situations force or tell him to do evil.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor