The Bourne Ultimatum

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The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.

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Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to solve the mystery of his past while being hunted by members of the very organization he was hired into as director Paul Greengrass brings author Robert Ludlum's popular character back to the big screen for his third feature outing. David Strathairn, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, and Paddy Considine co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Matt Damon
as Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles
as Nicky Parsons
David Strathairn
as Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn
as Ezra Kramer
Paddy Considine
as Simon Ross
Albert Finney
as Dr. Albert Hirsch
Joan Allen
as Pamela Landy
Tom Gallop
as Tom Cronin
Daniel Brühl
as Martin Kreutz
Colin Stinton
as Neal Daniels
Bryan Reents
as Technician
Arkie Reece
as Technician
John Roberson
as Technician
Russ Huards
as Technician
Mark Bazeley
as Betancourt
Sinead O'Keeffe
as Chamberlain
Sinead OKeefe
as Chamberlain
Chucky Venice
as Agent Hammond
Scott Adkins
as Agent Kiley
Branko Tomovic
as Russian Policeman
Laurentiu Possa
as Russian Policeman
Trevor St. John
as Tactical Team Leader
Albert Jones
as Tactical Team Agent
Jeffrey Lee Gibson
as Vosen's Driver
Uriel Emil
as Morgue Attendant
Omar Hernandez
as NYPD Officer
William H. Burns
as NYPD Officer
Michael Wildman
as CRI Agent
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  • Aug 26, 2016
    Without a doubt, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' is the finest entry the Bourne Trilogy, not just for it's grand scale, non-stop thrilling action, inciting and compelling plotting or the handling of the character. Ultimatum touches upon the character's ethics, how does he embrace a life free of being a pawn or a killer? can he ever go back to being that way? The conflict doesn't just lie with him wanting the know the answers, but for the people also once connected to him as well as those reluctantly helping him or going after him at almost every turn. In a way this is the biggest character motivation for the character, even while the past still haunts him, the CIA is hot on his trails and will hardly stop at anything in their sights or tracks. Luckily enough, Bourne's skills and abilities really do pay off, as he's able to pull off daring tactics avoiding authorities at every move as well as running and facing danger when necessary. The action more than makes up for a non-stop thrill ride that keep viewers at the edge of their seats with the sharp use of Paul Greengrass's handheld camera use puts us right up close to the action. The character's performances are also incredibly well done, really paying off what this series has to offer. Last but not least, the plotting is so incredibly sharp and quick witted, it really does require viewers knowledge of previous films in order to grasp the journey the character has faced as an ultimate assassin on the run from authority.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2016
    All three of the original films work extremely well as one cohesive watch, as I've found out after watching them back to back to back, but 'Ultimatum' is the biggest and most explosive of the series. Paul Greengrass returned to direct the conclusion of the originally planned trilogy, as does Matt Damon in the title role. Greengrass added a much more human aspect to Bourne in 'Supremacy' all while adding just the right amount of action. I feel like there was a bit more of an imbalance in 'Ultimatum'. Certainly, the car chases and the breathtaking rooftop chase are great, but there are a few too many leaps of faith the audience has to take in terms of logic. Especially considering how grounded the first two films are. Even with the logic issues, The Bourne Ultimatum may be the most entertaining and heart stopping film of the entire series, with one thrilling scene after another. The aforementioned rooftop sequence in Tangier is one thing, but one of the opening scenes takes place in a London terminal, and it may be my favorite scene of the film altogether. It's usually not the high octane chases or visceral gun battles that get me, but the scenes in which Bourne is using his slick wit and experience to one-up those against him. Among the cast returning is Joan Allen as Pamela Landy. Although you can make the case her story ended with Bourne in 'Supremacy', the direction they take her arc in helping Bourne tear through his past made sense here. Opposing Landy is Deputy Director Noah Vosen, played by David Straithairn. Straithairn is very good at playing characters that get under your skin with frustrating decisions and Vosen is exactly that. So although I preferred Chris Cooper and Brian Cox in those roles, Straithairn is a solid counterpart to Damon. It's all the more impressive considering the very little screen time, if any, that the antagonists end up having with Bourne. Though it is now 2016 and there's a new Jason Bourne film coming out, watching The Bourne Ultimatum made me realize that there really never needed to be another entry in the series. The film comes full circle and Bourne's search for answers got to the point I hoped for. The end really feels like the end, so I sure hope the new film reinvents itself and doesn't retread the same story beats because Ultimatum certainly does. 'Ultimatum' has its detractors and I can see a few of the complaints being warranted, but there's no denying the epic scope and thrill ride the film takes you on. It's the most cinematic of the bunch and the characters don't really take a backseat to action. I only hope there aren't as many leaps of logic next time around. +Scope +Rooftop and terminal sequence +Feels like the end +Landy & Bourne -Leaps of faith in logic 9.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    The Bourne trilogy goes out with a bang in this consistently moving action flick. Matt Damon delivers his best Jason Bourne performance yet as he continues to fight his inner demons while finding out the ugly truth about his life as a spy. The supporting cast, especially Strathairn and Stiles, really brings it this time around. As usual, the action and stunt work is superb. One factor that really elevated this movie above its predecessors is the shot editing. Greengrass understands how to create adrenaline through the camera, and nearly every scene feels like an adventure. All-in-all, one couldn't ask for a better way to end a franchise (for now).
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2015
    The best one of the original trilogy it's non stop thrills and twists and amazing gripping story only gets better with every scene, Matt Damon was great again, Maybe in my opinion there could of been more action but that's just me but apart from that it's a very intelligent gripping film and should not be missed.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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