The Bourne Ultimatum

Published May 20, 2011

The Bourne Ultimatum

Film info

  • Title The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Director Paul Greengrass
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery
  • Tagline Remember everything, forgive nothing

The final instalment of Paul Greengrass's action trilogy, based on the novels by Robert Ludlum. The tension is ratcheted up even further as Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) races to uncover the dark mysteries of his past while a government agent is hot on his trail following a shootout in Moscow. Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Paddy Considine co-star.

Background Info

We watched the first two films in relatively quick succession - Identity and Supremacy - and then our run was halted. The third film was not available in HD or to rent. We waited but in the end we had to give in, else forget what all the other films were about.

I hope you’re happy Mr Jobs.

Live Blog

Time Comment
00:00:12 - I hope this is less confusing than the last one.
00:04:14 - Yay, the blonde lady is still in it.
****00:07:10 - There is some wobbly camerawork going on here.
00:10:33 - Bugging the phone networks. I might try saying Black Briar tomorrow and see what happens.
00:11:01 - Ooh, The Guardian!
**00:14:11 **- I’d be annoyed at product placement except this is one of our newspapers!
**00:16:21 - If ever there was a film for highlighting how you can be tracked.
** **00:21:18 - How can they find him? He’s just another guy in a black jacket. Black clothes FTW!
** **00:22:55 - Honestly, if Jason Bourne told me what to do, I’d do it.
** **00:28:10 **- Trouble with chase scenes like that is I don’t know if Bourne was chasing the guy or vice versa.
**00:28:56 - An actual search engine in a film! Hallelujah.
****00:31:29 **- “Decisions made in realtime are never perfect. Don’t second guess an operation from an armchair.”
**00:34:08 **- Note for future: turning your phone off can make you a suspect too.
**00:37:17 - Another weapon out of household instruments coming up. Toaster as a fuse Mark II.
****00:37:51 - Is that a gun with a camera built in?
**00:38:58 - “Get a backup team in there.” Boss already knows they are dead.
00:39:49 - Nicky’s back!
00:43:21 - He’s so CLEVER I’m gonna die.**
00:45:42 - Daniels has gone rogue. Rogue!
** 00:48:21 - Does she love him? Cuteness.
00:50:11 - She looks just like the other woman so he could fall in love with her back.
00:51:41 - Mr C pulls a face and says: “They’re using Vista!”
00:54:43 - Nicky has gone rogue too!**
** 01:00:55 - She needs to change her hair now. No more stripes.**
** 01:07:50 - How much glass can there be to break?**
** 01:18:44 - Surely the CIA have blacked out windows.
01:19:56 - David Webb isn’t as good a name as Bourne.**
**01:27:19 - “Uh, sir, he drove off the roof.”
01:30:09 - I know he’s practically a robot but he must have epic whiplash by now.
01:31:39 - He is limping again though.**
**01:41:05 - Sleep depravation does do weird things to people.
01:46:16 - Great ending. Mr C fell for it.**


I really loved this one. After the second film was a bit confusing and letdown, this one brought it right back. It was clear who the main players were, and it was more of a strategic battle than a race across twenty countries in Europe.

Loved that we finally got to see more of Bourne/Webb and his emotions, although IMDB trivia tells me he doesn’t smile once in this film, except for a single flashback shot. I wonder if the ending couldn’t have been left ambiguous, but either way, no one would believe the worst had happened.

Just as good, if not better than, the first.

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 / 5

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