“You listen very carefully to what I’m about to tell you… I remember… I remember everything,” those are the words of the infamous Jason Bourne, the slick CIA assassin who was first formed in the mind of author Robert Ludlum for his book series. Well, I am here to tell you I remember everything too…and I mean everything. Director Paul Greengrass, (Bourne Supremacy), comes back to work with Matt Damon, who plays Jason Bourne, as if you didn’t know, for another round of non-stop action, keeps you on the edge of your seat, type of movie. Greengrass and Damon have another work in the mix they will be working on called, Imperial Life In The Emerald City, which is scheduled for a 2009 release. Also, back for another piece of the pie is the director/screenwriter, Tony Gilroy. Now, Mr. Gilroy is responsible for adapting all three Bourne movies from the best-selling novels by Robert Ludlum to the big-screen. Yeah, I think it’s needless to say he got paid a nice chunk of change, and sure enough he deserves it.
Now, where shall we begin? The story of Bourne Ultimatum picks up from right around the end of the second movie, Bourne Supremacy, with Jason Bourne limping about Moscow trying to out-maneuever the authorities as usual. Well, Jason comes across this newspaper article that contains a lot of confidential information about him. He decides he is going to hunt down the reporter who wrote the article and therefore hunt down the reporter’s source. However, what Bourne doesn’t know is the CIA is doing the exact same thing. When Bourne finally reaches the reporter, he and the CIA have a run in and so the real hunt begins. This will not stop Jason Bourne from what he wants to obtain more than anything though, his memory and the secrets about his life.
“This is Jason Bourne. The toughest target you have ever tracked.” Well, that’s according to Pamela Landy, played by Joan Allen, who returns to us from, Bourne Supremacy, and delivers yet another stellar performance proving she has what it takes to run with the big dogs. (Returning to us also from, Bourne Supremacy, is Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, whose character throws yet another twist into this riddle we have going on.) What Landy says is true though. Jason Bourne is the epitomy of what it means to be suave. He is much like James Bond back in the days when he was played by Sean Connery. Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. Just as much as Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones or Johnny Depp is Captain Jack Sparrow. Sorry, Jack, it’s just good business. Matt Damon has mastered the role of Jason Bourne and has left you with nothing to envy. I’m an actor and I have to say there were some scenes in this movie that made me want to be right up there with Bourne fighting by his side. Unlike most of the A-list actors we have right now out in Hollywood, Matt Damon is the most confident I think. He said in an interview that he knows all actors have their rough patches throughout their careers where they won’t be that busy but he knew he would always have Jason Bourne to look forward to nomatter what. Man, I love type casting!
This installement of the Bourne series was filmed at many different locations such as Germany, England, France, Morocco, Spain, Latvia, New York City, and Washington the District of Columbia. All I can say is, “Wow.” I haven’t seen a movie that has been shot in so many locations since Mission Impossible III was done with Tom Cruise, which was completely stupid if I may add. What a disappoinment. However, back to Bourne. The cinematography in this movie was great…for the most part. I noticed here and there throughout the film it looked as if the camera operator were riding a train while he was filming the movie. The camera was bouncing up and down. It was weird. It didn’t distract me from watching the movie though and it surely didn’t make me think anything less of it. I only wish that I could have been a part of it. However, I was working on National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets at the time when they were shooting the DC scenes so unfortunately, I lucked out. The plotline was absolutley fantastic as well. There was one point where I was in dire need of using the restroom but I contained myself until the end of the movie that way I didn’t miss a single thing. The fighting, the acting, the directing, the plotline, I loved it. Definitely worth the 5 stars it was deemed with. Definitely the best PG-13 movie I have ever seen. Bourne Ultimatum without a doubt puts the icing on the cake for the Bourne series.
Is this the end of Jason Bourne as we know it? Who knows? Being the first three movies have done so well there is talk amongst the grapevine that the franchise may be opened up for a couple of more movies. Afterall, Ludlum did give up on Bourne after Ultimatum, but someone else took Bourne in and nutured him, Eric Van Lustbader who wrote two more books. Look out James Bond, I think you may have finally met your match. Jason Bourne…