Bourne Ultimatum

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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine
Director: Paul Greengrass

What could possibly top an amazingly high impact mini cooper car chase in the streets of Paris, well how about a Lada versus Benz 4×4 manic car chase along the streets of Moscow! For those in the know all this was done in the last two instalments of what has turned out to be the best mix of mature thriller/ bone breaking action series to hit our big screens in a long, long time.

In this third film Bourne appropriately fills the opening frame as he struggles to elude his Russian pursuers in Moscow. Then shifting at a pace comparable to the speed at which Bourne himself would take out an opponent, the action leaps from France to Italy then to a cracking edge of your seat set piece where Bourne takes on and eludes multiple opposition operatives at Waterloo station in London. He then takes us to Morroco where he almost meets his match. His unrelenting mission eventually leads him right back to the shocking genesis of his life as Jason Bourne.

With an ending that will leave you with goose bumps the film achieves the nigh impossible feat of tying up all loose ends but still leaving just enough plausible room for Bourne to reappear and based on what I saw and what you should see I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.

Quite possibly the only third in a series of films that proves to be the best of them all! Damon gives a restrained yet desperate portrayal of a man who has nothing and is willing to die to find out just what it is that he truly was and possibly still is.

6 out of 6 stars