The Bourne Ultimatum (12A)

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Aug 13 2007

Confused, mistrustful and trying to keep a lid on the knee-jerk violence to which he is predisposed, Jason Bourne is a troubled secret agent for troubled times. This third part of the most satisfying action franchise of the decade finds Bourne (Matt Damon) still on the run, gradually remembering how US security forces reshaped him as a super-assassin while trying to avoid their continued efforts to neutralise him. Drawn into the open by a UK newspaper exposé, he’s tacitly aided by CIA insiders Pamela Landy (Joan Allen, looking stern in turtle-necks) and Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) while David Strathairn and Albert Finney take on ruthless bastard duties.

Paul Greengrass, director of ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and ‘United 93’, remains ahead of the field in delivering gristly, handheld, relatively credible action reliant on whatever’s to hand rather than hi-tech gadgetry. (If you thought Bourne was bad-ass with a magazine, just see what he can do with a hardback…) The plot roves across the globe but the standout set piece takes place in our own Waterloo Station, making an exhilarating rat-run of a packed concourse that will have you peering uneasily at CCTV cameras and advertising hoardings on your next commute.

While the crunchy fights and unflagging pace ensure this delivers as genre spectacle – a car chase deservedly got a round of applause at the screening I attended – the muddy ethics also make for a pleasing contrast with standard-issue wham-bammery. The CIA’s instant, lethal access to any spot on the globe and tactics like rendition and ‘experimental interrogation’ provoke anxiety here, not pride, and Bourne’s own killings are followed not by a quip but a flush of shame.

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12A

UK release:

Fri Aug 17, 2007

Duration:

115 mins

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eliesha

OMG!!!!! i cant believe that this was the last movie!!! it was absolutly fantastic!! matt damon plays jason bourne so well its not funny, he is like, the best actor i know

eliesha

OMG!!!!! i cant believe that this was the last movie!!! it was absolutly fantastic!! matt damon plays jason bourne so well its not funny, he is like, the best actor i know

Sam

A brilliant ending. It doesn't disappoint anyone who likes the Bourne films and have seen the others. I recommend this film and love it.

Sam

A brilliant ending. It doesn't disappoint anyone who likes the Bourne films and have seen the others. I recommend this film and love it.

Jayson

Having read all of Ludlum's Bourne books, this is the first one that made even a little sense, according to the plot of the story it was supposed to be taken from, but I was left a little dizzy with all the usual car chases and escapes to understand what the whole thing was all about. But, like I say, this is the best of the series, but there was so much more to the stories than car chases its too bad they couldn't have used some of the original story to tie the chase scenes together.

Eddo

Whoever thinks this film is anything less than a total achievement is full of S*^T. Get over yourselves... ot rocked.

Eddo

Whoever thinks this film is anything less than a total achievement is full of S*^T. Get over yourselves... ot rocked.

Nick

The pace was breathtaking,great camera shots.Waterloo Station fantastic action.Big brother hey! One thing though,never has any luggage when he travels no money,always has the same clothes neat and tidy,how does he do it.Overall brilliant,cinema cheered when he out foxed the CIA,bring it on Matt,would love No. 4 not sure where it could go. it

Nick

The pace was breathtaking,great camera shots.Waterloo Station fantastic action.Big brother hey! One thing though,never has any luggage when he travels no money,always has the same clothes neat and tidy,how does he do it.Overall brilliant,cinema cheered when he out foxed the CIA,bring it on Matt,would love No. 4 not sure where it could go. it

kate

it was an amazing film, probably the best i've seen all year! i love all three of the films and this one was by far the best! i could watch it all day! loved it!!!!!

kate

it was an amazing film, probably the best i've seen all year! i love all three of the films and this one was by far the best! i could watch it all day! loved it!!!!!

caty

a terrible film the worst in my life i even fell asleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ramez

Brilliant movie & a great end to the triology, definitely a must see!! Keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time....

Ramez

Brilliant movie & a great end to the triology, definitely a must see!! Keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time....

Charlotte

AWESOME!As good as the other 2 but better.Love the fast action shots and shaky camera-realism to the fast pace of the situations at the time and therefore warranted.Loved the chase scene in Morocco.Loved the fighting.Love testosterone!BOURNE is better than BOND by far far far.Go see-you will not be disappointed.HOPE THERE'S A FOURTH.

Charlotte

AWESOME!As good as the other 2 but better.Love the fast action shots and shaky camera-realism to the fast pace of the situations at the time and therefore warranted.Loved the chase scene in Morocco.Loved the fighting.Love testosterone!BOURNE is better than BOND by far far far.Go see-you will not be disappointed.HOPE THERE'S A FOURTH.

Becci

BEST FILM i'VE EVER SEEN. I was almost crying when I walked out knowing that this is the last one... the end of it is plain amazing. Matt Damon is a superb actor and plays Bourne perfectly!

Becci

BEST FILM i'VE EVER SEEN. I was almost crying when I walked out knowing that this is the last one... the end of it is plain amazing. Matt Damon is a superb actor and plays Bourne perfectly!

Ruby

I absolutley LOVE the Bourne series, Jason Bourne is the best. This film was amazing and i walked out the cinema with my heart pounding! Doesn't fail one tiny bit to impress. And i also reckon Bourne's the most intelligent guy on the planet.

Ruby

I absolutley LOVE the Bourne series, Jason Bourne is the best. This film was amazing and i walked out the cinema with my heart pounding! Doesn't fail one tiny bit to impress. And i also reckon Bourne's the most intelligent guy on the planet.

cas

Best film I've seen in a long time. Best of the trilogy with great action...definitly a must see!

cas

Best film I've seen in a long time. Best of the trilogy with great action...definitly a must see!

Alex

Great film! best out of the three! Bond really needs to give up! 6 stars!

Alex

Great film! best out of the three! Bond really needs to give up! 6 stars!

Marie

Great film. Thorughly enjoyed the ride. Matt Damon is a great actor. Read comments about the camera action but was not a problem. Keep alert as the film does go fast and furious. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Leslie

James Bond needs to think again, the bourne trilogy takes the spy genre to a completely new level. Quite simply these are spy movies worthy of the 21st century...which so far no other spy movie can match for sheer thrills per second. Hope there's a fourth

Leslie

James Bond needs to think again, the bourne trilogy takes the spy genre to a completely new level. Quite simply these are spy movies worthy of the 21st century...which so far no other spy movie can match for sheer thrills per second. Hope there's a fourth

josey

move over bond your days have ended, bourne totally brilliant even better than the first two films.

josey

move over bond your days have ended, bourne totally brilliant even better than the first two films.

James Layton

Well acripted and acted, as with the first two. Totally let down by the massive over-use of handheld camera and very very fast cuts designed to pick up the pace and keep the adrenalin running in a '24' style. Unfortunately it's so over-used that it has you staring at the floor wishing you'd brought your seasickness pills. Real shame. Ruined what was otherwise a great film for me.

Roxanne

Fantastic film, great pace although a little too fast at times with a few shaky camera shots, had me sat on the edge of my seat. So good i'm taking my boyfriend to watch it, so I can see it again. A must see film

Roxanne

Fantastic film, great pace although a little too fast at times with a few shaky camera shots, had me sat on the edge of my seat. So good i'm taking my boyfriend to watch it, so I can see it again. A must see film

Jaffa

Just Brilliant - an excellent ending to a great film trilogy. GO SEE IT NOW

Jaffa

Just Brilliant - an excellent ending to a great film trilogy. GO SEE IT NOW

sally

The first Bourne film I have seen. Great acting and script, shame about the filming techniques. The attempt to use short shots and not-so-steady-cam work to give a feeling of an action packed fast paced movie completely ruined the experience. Take your travel sickness pills before you go.

Carol Davis-Wilkie

Oops.. a repeat post... forgot to add the stars last time... Absolutely the best of the Bourne films.. which I loved too... but this one just is so jam-packed full of action!! As I speak, I am looking forward to my FOURTH cinema viewing of it tonight!!! It is really *that* good... I'm a 43 year old professional who rarely does repeat cinema views, but I just had to see it again!! Enjoy!! ... You won't be disappointed!!!

Carol Davis-Wilkie

Oops.. a repeat post... forgot to add the stars last time... Absolutely the best of the Bourne films.. which I loved too... but this one just is so jam-packed full of action!! As I speak, I am looking forward to my FOURTH cinema viewing of it tonight!!! It is really *that* good... I'm a 43 year old professional who rarely does repeat cinema views, but I just had to see it again!! Enjoy!! ... You won't be disappointed!!!

Leona Luk

Gosh, this is so good, there's not all that much more I can say. Damon completely fills the skin of Jason Bourne, and it is a pleasure to watch him in this role. That being said, it's also agony to see Bourne killing people he does not want to kill, and to remember things that are painful to him. I think everyone will see value in this trilogy, with this one probably the best of the bunch. Fantastic stuff here.

Leona Luk

Gosh, this is so good, there's not all that much more I can say. Damon completely fills the skin of Jason Bourne, and it is a pleasure to watch him in this role. That being said, it's also agony to see Bourne killing people he does not want to kill, and to remember things that are painful to him. I think everyone will see value in this trilogy, with this one probably the best of the bunch. Fantastic stuff here.

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