Sunday, August 05, 2007

Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

I was able to pop in to a theater this weekend to check out The Bourne Ultimatum. Simply put, it is everything we have come to expect from this cool franchise that makes James Bond seem very, very old. A fast paced, interesting, hold-on-to-your-seat thriller in a real-world setting with fascinating twists and methods.... So generally speaking, I give the Bourne Ultimatum a strong thumbs up for sheer entertainment. I do have a few areas of criticism:
* In too many scenes the camera was so tight in on the action that the effects began to lose impact. I certainly enjoy that shaky, hand-held extreme-close-up style of camera work sporadically throughout the film, but it backfires when an overdose is delivered, almost triggering a migraine for the average viewer (maybe it's my age).
* I could do without the preachy doses of political correctness where the general message is that our guys are just as bad as the terrorists, and that our methods are morally equivalent to the terrorists. Fortunately, the PC was countered from time to time with comments like "we saved 5,000 Londoners using this tactic last month." That did help counter some of the PC crap and put things in the proper perspective, but I hope that the creators of this fascinating, complex character will try to avoid preachy messages in the future Bourne adventures, or at least balance the politics out a bit more.

But once again, the Bourne Ultimatum is fun and well worth the ticket price. Go see it if you have a chance.

1 comment:

  1. Saw it today,and I was certainly on the edge of my seat in various scenes. Particularly that scene where the 'asset' from Tangiers (I think it was) went after the Nicky Palmer character, and Bourne is chasing that guy while the assasin is chasing her. The big fight scene that Bourne and the assasin had, was fist biting stuff. Thrilling scene. In many ways, this movie rescued the triology after a rather medicore second movie (The Bourne Supremacy) which was nescessary to bridge the gap, but seemed to fail in areas. Btw, I agree that the shaky cameras were a bit over the top at times. With the novels, it all stops with The Bourne Ultimatum. But no doubt hollywoood will do their best to buy rights to make more. I hope they don't. As much as I love the Bourne movies, we don't want to squeeze the juice out of it totally. Bourne Ultimatum was a fantastic finale.


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