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The Bourne Ultimatum
Review written on: August 12th, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum Review

The Bourne series comes to a close, with the release of The Bourne Ultimatum As I’m not familar with the book series on Jason Bourne, I can’t say for sure if this is the end of the series, or not. Based on the ending of the movie, I’d say they left it open for another movie.

Our hero Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back for another two hours of punching people in the face, driving fast, eluding the police, and being smarter than everyone in the CIA, NSA, and every other agency in the United States (and every other country that the movie has scenes in). It’s a fun movie, that’s for sure. Watching Matt Damon punch someone in the face with a book, entertaining. Seeing high speed car chases that end with explosions and gunfire? Awesome.

I’ll be the first to tell you, I’ve never been impressed with the Bourne franchise. Even after watching The Bourne Identity, and The Bourne Surpremacy last night, I still think there’s a lot to be desired from the franchise. Sure, the fight scenes are cool, the car chases are exciting, and the story is well told. I just never felt connected to the films, as much as I enjoy Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and as a badass overall. After watching the first two Bourne movies last night, we ended our night watching The Transporter, which was a lot of fun (having never seen it before). Did I like it more because I enjoy Jason Statham more than Matt Damon? No, I don’t think so. I just enjoyed the action more. The Transporter doesn’t try to fool you with some confusing plot line about “who is he?”, or “where’s he from?” It’s just a movie about beating people up, saving the day, and making the bad guys dead. Simple.

While one can argue the that Bourne films are a “thinking man’s action movie”, I disagree. I think the entire series is one long drawn out, over-thunk, over-done action movie. I’d be perfectly okay with them telling me that Jason Bourne’s a secret spy, and he has to kill people for the government. And I’d gladly watch it for two hours, every few years when they release one. I don’t need you to tell me that there’s backstory, and explain it all, and try to make me solve the mystery for myself. I’m not that invested in the series.

While I could easily pass on the series itself, Ultimatum (of which there really isn’t one in the flick), is a fun, fly by the seat of your pants, action packed ass-kicking action movie. Gun fire, car chases, face punching, ass kicking, explosion having, rooftop jumping. It’s all there. Do you need to pay attention to the actual story line? No, go refill your soda during the important times. Just come back and watch the action scenes, they’re worth the price of admission.

Some of the action is a bit off the wall. Though I’ll hand it to the stunt team, they don’t try to make you believe anything that’s down right impossible, as they do in movies like Live Free or Die Hard (the car into the helicopter bit), or The Transporter (landing the car on the moving truck). The Bourne Ultimatum, is well done, action wise. The stunts are executed well, and you can hardly tell that Matt Damon uses a stunt double, except for a few scenes.

I enjoyed the movie, taking it for what it was. I didn’t get invested. I didn’t try to solve the riddles of who Jason Bourne really is. I just liked watching action scene after action scene of in your face ass-kicking. Bottom line: if you liked the first two movies, you’ll love this one. If I had to pick one of the movies to watch again, it’d be this one. The first two movies are just filler movies to make money to finance the third. This one’s the best of the series.

 

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