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THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (2007)

Director: Paul Greengrass

Screenplay: Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi
(The Jason Bourne character was created by novelist Robert Ludlum)

Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Scott Glen, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine...

MPAA Classification: PG-13 (violence & intense action)
Running Length: Color, approx 116 minutes

Genre: Espionage, Thriller, Action-adventure

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Jason Bourne is back. And he's still pissed off. Will the CIA never learn?

One of my favorite quips that never made it to the screen (but can be viewed on the DVD extras) is when Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) responds to CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen (David Strathairn) when he orders that Bourne be found and taken out. "No. See. That's where people keep making a mistake. 'A' -- he's very good at staying alive and 'B' -- trying to kill him and failing just pisses him off."

The trilogy concludes with Bourne once again being prodded into running for his life while at the same time, trying to uncover who he really is. Not just his real name, but who he was before he became an assassin. Not an easy task when the CIA is just as determined to stop him from finding out anything that might be embarrassing to the organization (like how and why they were training assassins in the first place).

It's nearly non-stop action from beginning to end.

Although THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM picks up minutes after THE BOURNE SUPREMACY ended, new viewers will not be at a loss as to what is happening and why. You can start with this movie and work your way back through first two. No problem.

Filmed on stunning worldwide locations, the feel of the movie is enhanced by the director's choice of keeping the audience with Bourne, in the streets, in the markets. When in Paris, we aren't at the Eiffel Tower while Bourne is struggling to stay alive somewhere below on the mean streets. We are in the train with him, on the motorbike. If Bourne is there, we are there.

For many, this trilogy is enough Bourne. He has come full circle, as they say. However, there is rumor of a fourth Bourne movie being considered if and when a good script can be written.


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