The Bourne Ultimatum
By Herve St-Louis
August 4, 2007 - 09:02
Studios: Universal Pictures
Writer(s): Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Produced by: Doug Liman, Jeffrey M. Weiner , Henry Morrison
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 minutes
Release Date: August 3rd, 2007 (wide)
Rating: PG13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Sequel
I could not say that I noticed the handheld cameras that characterized the first two films, but I can say that the production values and cinematography in this film were much more attuned to Hollywood standards, than the first two films. It felt like blockbuster, even if it wasn’t really one.
I wasn’t a fan of the car chase, after having spoiled by Live Free or Die Hard’s take. There was less display of Bourne’s tactical and efficient martial arts skills with closer shots which gave but an impression of what was happening on the screen.
One issue I had is that with the many shots and close ups, it was difficult to imagine how Bourne could mentally visualize all of these details in his mind and choreographs the best moves to avoid being shot on camera or instruct others to keep out of harm’s way.
Keeping part of the soundtrack from previous films in this trilogy is good, as it helped establish some continuity.
As for the plot, it was like the first sequel, less intimate than the first film, but well thought off nonetheless. I might even add that this is the type of spy thriller that I like to watch, and find it more captivating than either James Bond or Mission Impossible. Here we have a spy who is not a caricature with greater than life equipment and weapons. It’s all about Bourne using his brains and resources to outfox his opponents.
Although a good thriller, it didn’t have any pauses, allowing viewers’ mind to wander off, asking themselves what could possibly happen next. That one of the key moment of the film, where Bourne infiltrates the CIA offices, was spoiled in the trailers, wasn’t good for the film and gave away a good punch line.
The structure of the film was oddly similar to the previous two. It incorporated the failed female in distress aspect from the first, and the “I’m one step in front of you” from the second. It also borrowed nothing but the name of the novel it was inspired by as the plot was totally different from the novel. Although The Bourne Ultimatum was satisfying, it seemed very short and curt, just like Jason Bourne.
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