All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly-trained killers. Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. Now, in the new chapter of this espionage series, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris, Madrid and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to find the real Jason Bourne -- all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of cops, federal officers and Interpol agents with him in their crosshairs.
Let's just say it now: Paul Greengrass should direct every action thriller. The world of movies would be better for it...His masterful direction of The Bourne Ultimatum (* * * * out of four) makes this third installment unequivocally the summer's best "threequel." It also is easily the best action thriller of the year...Directed and edited with virtuosity, it offers two hours of non-stop excitement with not only one but two of the most breathtaking, heart-racing vehicle chase sequences ever. Sure, it's a franchise, but it's one of the rare smart ones. And though it's a genre film, it transcends the limitations and expectations associated with espionage dramas, emerging as the quintessential contemporary spy saga...Damon is at his best, having grown further into the role. He is just as convincing as a nimble spy who guides a journalist past a labyrinthine set of stumbling blocks as he is at fending off a rival assassin...Forget those impressive chases you saw in Matrix 3 or Casino Royale--Greengrass' dazzling, adrenaline-surging pursuits rise above the rest. He has made two of the best recent films, his last being the captivating United 93. Wherever he takes his handheld camera next, audiences would be wise to follow.
...I enjoy the [Bourne] movies simply for what they are: skillful exercises in high-tech effects and stunt work, stringing together one preposterous chase after another, in a collection of world cities with Jason apparently piling up frequent-flier miles between them..."Ultimatum" is a tribute to Bourne's determination, his driving skills, his intelligence in out-thinking his masters and especially his good luck. 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. It's not often you find a character you care about even if you don't believe he could exist...The director, masterminding formidable effects and stunt teams, is Paul Greengrass ("United 93," "Bourne Supremacy"), and he not only creates (or seems to create) amazingly long takes but does it without calling attention to them. Whether they actually are unbroken stretches of film or are spliced together by invisible wipes, what counts is that they present such mind-blowing action that I forgot to keep track.
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Dana Stevens, Slate
Feels fresher, leaner, and faster than any action movie in years.
James Dyer, Empire
...the most accomplished thriller since, well, Supremacy. This is the payoff Bourne fans have been waiting for...
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Mr. Greengrass knows how to do his job, and there's no one in Hollywood right now who does action better...
Nathan Lee, The Village Voice
This is, simply put, some of the most accomplished filmmaking being done anywhere for any purpose.
Pete Hammond, Maxim
The best action picture in decades!
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
A great action movie, exhilarating and neatly crafted, the kind of picture that will still look good 20 or 30 years from now.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
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