All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne (Damon) is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. Now, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to uncover the truth behind his mysterious past – all the while trying to out-maneuver a new generation of highly-trained assassins as well as the relentless CIA operatives who will stop at nothing to prevent him from learning his true identity.
The Bourne Ultimatum is a non-stop thriller, even more-so than the previous two films. This time around all the spy tricks and gadgets, the car chases, and impressive fight scenes will leave you with a dazed expression on your face if you can keep up at all. The action is relentless and fast-paced without being predictable and provides for some of the best action scenes of the year.
Joined by Albert Finney, David Strathan, and Scott Glenn, Bourne finally pierces the secret of his past and uncovers how he came to be where he is today. Matt Damon gives a stellar performance in a role that realistically could not survive outside the film. Roger Ebert put it best in his review, “No real person would be able to survive what happens to him in this movie, for the obvious reason that they would have been killed very early in “The Bourne Identity” (2002) and never have survived to make “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004). That Matt Damon can make this character more convincing than the Road Runner is a tribute to his talent and dedication.” This pretty much hits it right on the nail. While this film is visually entertaining, it can’t be appreciated for much more than the action and acting that it provides. The plot is riveted with holes that the avid movie-goer will find themselves sinking into as they mutter,”Here we go again…” as Bourne finds himself in yet another car chase that is simply unimaginable by the average person.
Like James Bond, Bourne continues his role as a swift and decisive operative, and if you are a Bond fan, you would without a doubt be a Bourne fan as well. Though this film is the last of the trilogy, it makes an acceptable film on its own, which may discourage some fans of the previous two films. But with that being said, if you are a fan of the previous Bourne movies, then this is probably a DVD you should check out.
Review by Emma Loggins