The Bourne Ultimatum Review

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“I went to the cinema last night expecting another...”

Written on: 28/08/2007 by matt of bicester (16 reviews written)

Good Points
Fast-paced story and action
Personal touch to the story
Wrapped up the main plot of the three films

Bad Points
Hinted at a new subplot and then failed to develop it.
Ridiculous camera shake

General Comments
I went to the cinema last night expecting another high-paced and high quality action flick and wasn't disappointed. The action sequences were extraordinary and the storyline never let up, bounding along at a phenomenal pace. It never failed to bring out the pain and torment that Bourne is going through, and this aspect of the character is excellently played by Damon. He has also developed into a very believable action actor.

The director successfully maintains tension throughout the film, as well as maintaining the high quality of the previous two films. It is very unusual for a trilogy to remain at the same high standard throughout. When they're available, I will be buying all three films on DVD, and I expect they will be watchable as a single extra-long film. The Bourne Ultimatum even picks up directly from the aftermath of the climactic car chase scene in the Bourne Supremacy.

OK, now for the slight downsides (and I can only think of two). During action sequences (fights, chases etc.) the camera is constantly on the move. It's good for creating a feeling of movement but it is very distracting and makes it difficult to follow what's going on at times. It was a feature that annoyed me about the second film and unfortunately it hasn't improved.

The second down-point was that, halfway through, a former CIA worker (Nicky) implies to Bourne that they had some sort of connection before his amnesia. This is an interesting plot twist that I expected they would follow through and resolve towards the end of the film but it was never mentioned again! Very frustrating, particularly as this was billed as the final film in the franchise. It just seemed a pointless addition to the script.

Don't let these couple of points put you off, though, it's still a fantastic film and well worth the ticket price.

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