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Ryan Plays Spy vs Spy Against Jason Bourne

Published August 10, 2007 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Universal Pictures.
The Bourne Ultimatum Poster The Bourne Ultimatum
I know I'm a week late with my review of The Bourne Ultimatum and I don't want to give any excuses, but I got some anyway.

First off, I am currently doing the 12-hour day to not only work on CanMag but launch three, yes, three other web projects. Huge burden that causes my mind to race into the wee hours of the night. I'm losing sleep and not feeling well!

Second, I have never been a Bourne superfan like some of you out there. I like the franchise, and have found the previous to installments to not only be good, but solid contributions to the spy genre. They weren't enough, however, to get me to watch them more than once or twice.

But then we have The Bourne Ultimatum, a film that reminds moviegoers everywhere what both action and spy films can be -- and it succeeds on every level.

Ryan Reviews The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum has got everything. Okay, okay, it doesn't have the sex, but we instead get a very cool plot twist in the story when it comes to the next female interest. Who is it? I'm not saying, but can understand the pleasure those of you who had read the book got when they broke this secret. Very well done.

But what isn't very well done in this film? Everything is great. I must agree with Fred, however, that Paul Greengrass does get a bit shaky with the camera during episodes of utter calm. Then again, I'm only pointing this minor issue out as it is my only real complaint of the film.

Unlike the past two installments, I plan on watching The Bourne Ultimatum repeatedly. Hell, I plan to throw on the entire trilogy the second this film arrives to DVD.

The Bourne Ultimatum starts off pretty damn near where Supremacy left off. Bourne is still on the run and he must figure out why the CIA is still having him hunted like a prize to be had on a wall. Bourne's memory still comes in flashes, but at least this time his memory is trying to remind of him of his origins and how he came into being. Since the film is the conclusion to a trilogy, we obviously find all that information out before the time the credits roll.

The film has got everything. Foot chases, bike chases, car chases, close-contact fighting, spy equipment, cell phones, spy vs. spy, plus an entire government agency using all the technology available to hunt across the globe. Though one would wonder how any film can maintain proper pacing with so much action and story to get through, the pacing here is flawless. Bourne and his accomplices are always in danger, but the camera gives time for every character; even those that only somewhat matter. The hunt is on and, by my last count, it was Bourne against many. Fortunately Bourne has the upper hand as he is the master of all kickassery.

Damon, who has definitely evolved as Bourne over the entire trilogy, should get a standing 'o' for this film. When you look at him you don't see any of his past characters. He is not the charming, not exactly confident, con artist we know from the Ocean's films. He completely morphs into Jason Bourne, an agent worthy of being feared by the CIA.

With Bourne coming in as one of the last of this summer's action blockbusters, I will give it credit for being the only film to place me on the edge of my seat. This film is the quintessential spy movie, and, for all our sakes, I can only hope that t-r-i-l-o-g-y does not spell the end of this franchise.
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