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Director : Paul Greengrass
Year Of Release : 2007
Principal Cast : Matt Damon, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Julie Stiles, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Albert Finney, Edgar Ramirez, Tom Gallop, Daniel Bruhl, Joey Ansah, Colin Stinton.
Approx Running Time : 116 Minutes
Synopsis: Jason Bourne continues to track his past through the CIA, as operation Black Briar comes to a head and the Agency tries desperately to cover its tracks.
What we think : Ripping conclusion to the Bourne trilogy (prior to Legacy’s release with a new leading man) sees a lot of the mystery and subterfuge of Jason’s finally revealed, as he tracks down those who “created” the assassin he became. An instant classic of the genre, Paul Greengrass’ direction here is again first class, although were you not a fan of his patented shaky-cam style in Supremacy, you’ll leave this one equally disappointed. Action-packed, labyrinthine, visceral: The Bourne Ultimatum is a terrific film in its own right, and a worthy conclusion to a trilogy of exceptional storytelling.
Jason’s final blow-out?
So, you come to the third film of an established franchise, and typically you’d be grinding the gears of familiarity and delivering a story with merely a passing resemblance to, or derivation of, that which has come before. Not so with Ultimatum, the third and concluding chapter (so far) in Matt Damon’s essaying of Jason Bourne, the amnesiac CIA operative trying to uncover his true identity while being pursued by those wanting to keep him quiet. The Bourne Ultimatum might well be called The Bourne Supremacy 2.1, because the film picks up immediately (and I do mean immediately) after the end of Supremacy’s low-key conclusion, where Bourne apologizes to a young woman for the death of her parents by his hand; Tony Gilroy’s script (and I must stipulate that he wasn’t the sole writer here, with Scott Burns and George Nolfi brought in to massage the detail into shape, a fact not lost on Gilroy after the fact) tries to tie up all the loose ends and story beats established in the previous two films, and it’s worth noting that after watching all three films in rapid succession, it’s easy to spot links and symbiosis between all three, giving all three films a sense of completion. Ultimatum is essentially Jason Bourne’s epiphany, his finding peace with himself and trying to find repentance for what he perceives as transgressions, having murdered all those people in the name of the CIA. Does it work, though? Without Franka Potente as his emotional center, or even without an enemy he can face down, is Bourne’s final journey something of a let-down? Or is it (as I hoped) a solid, worthwhile conclusion to a well-thought-out saga that delivers the resolution audiences will find appealing?