STARRING: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Tom Gallop, Corey Johnson, Daniel Brühl, Joey Ansah, Colin Stinton Albert Finney and Joan Allen
EARNED (Worldwide): $442.8m
AWARDS: 3 Oscars (Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing) and 2 BAFTAs (Best Editing and Best Sound)
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Several weeks after the events of The Bourne Supremacy, Jason Bourne is once again brought out of hiding as newspaper journalist in London is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, a program succeeding Treadstone. Bourne tries to unravel the information about Blackbriar and ultimately discover when David Webb became Jason Bourne.
The third instalment in the Bourne franchise gave us the finishing touches to Jason Bourne’s arc for what will end up being the better part of a decade (until Greengrass/Damon’s yet untitled Bourne film comes out), Ultimatum gives us a rollercoaster in action and emotion as Bourne is having more flashbacks and it appears to be the origins of how he became the assassin and left the life of David Webb behind and it appears that Operation Blackbriar is the key to learning about himself. Problem being is that CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen will have none of this as he believes Bourne is out to hurt them while Pam Landy returns to be brought back into the fold and she’s trying to find out why Bourne is back being a target once again. The pace is consistent as we’re treated to a well constructed sequence in Waterloo Station with Bourne directing journalist Simon Ross through a crowd to avoid hostile agents, to two car chases that are just as traditionally metal crunching as the previous car chases in the series to some well executed hand-to-hand combat moments. The shaky cam I think is better handled here than it was in Supremacy though there in a few of the smaller conversational moments the use of it does feel unnecessary . Matt Damon has essentially given us an iconic character in modern cinema in a role that he seems to have ease slipping back into, a man that even though he doesn’t recall his past, he’s always one step ahead of those that made him. Joan Allen is a welcome return as Pamela Landy and David Strathairn is the foil this time for Bourne as Noah Vosen and it is always nice to see Albert Finney appear to add gravitas to proceedings though it’s very short lived. Bourne Ultimatum will always be my favourite instalment and I’ll forever have a stupid grin on my face once Moby’s ‘Extreme Ways’ plays, as per usual, at films end.
FAVOURITE SCENE: The chase and eventual fight sequence in Tangier between Bourne and Desh.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Jason Bourne: Where are you now?
Noah Vosen: I’m sitting in my office.
Jason Bourne: I doubt that.
Noah Vosen: Why would you doubt that?
Jason Bourne: If you were in your office right now we’d be having this conversation face-to-face.’
DID YOU KNOW?: In the Tangier chase scene Nicky and Desh are seen pushing past the citizens. These are not extras; Tangier was too crowded and the flow of the people was hard to control, hence the two actors are genuinely pushing through the crowd.