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Title: The Bourne Ultimatum
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Will the third installment of the Jason Bourne series get us any closer to the truth of who he really is? In The Bourne Ultimatum we find more of the same questions and fewer surprises. But for fans of the series this one is as action packed and high strung as ever. I had a desire when I saw the Bourne Identity for this character to become the new Bond. It was and is a great concept. Where James Bond is old, slow and kind of greasy, Bourne is young, quick and deeper than any Bond past or present. Granted the two don’t need to be compared but I wanted to do it, so I did.
It will help if you have seen the first two Bourne films but if you have not this one gives you the facts fast and furious in the first few moments. I was a little worried because it seemed to start slow and bind up with flashbacks. I had no reason to fret because this soon took off and didn’t stop for 100 minutes or so. Bourne (Matt Damon) is still trying to find the truth of his existence while the government tries to keep him from uncovering secrets. So nothing new in this one. Bourne is still running and outwitting the entire CIA staff. Hard to believe? Sure. But we have bought less plausible things from Hollywood. Cars turning into robots and a guy with a web that shoots out of his wrists to name a couple.
I will say the one annoying thing about this film was the decision to save money on the budget and go with the cameras without the internal stabilizer. The faster the action on screen the shakier the camera work. I understand their artistic thought on this but it was beyond distracting and made the action have less of an impact. We love the fact that Bourne can kill anyone with a normal household object (remember the rolled up paper in the last film) so let us see it more clearly. You almost wonder if the camera work and clipped editing was to cover up for bad stunt work. I guess we will never know.
Bottom line, if you liked the first two films you will love this one even more. If you even remotely disliked the first two you will hate this one with a passion. Its lack of anything original will undoubtedly put off many viewers. It is rated PG-13 for violence and non stop action. There are plenty of fight scenes and car chases and gun battles but without the gore and blood splatters of most action films. The language is mild and barring a few expletives and some liberties with the creator of the universe, safe for all. In fact, there isn’t much dialogue period. Most scenes involve Bourne running through the streets of foreign lands with the CIA on his trail. I still have to give it 3.5 out of 5 assets. I have always liked the Bourne character and look forward to more of the story. Just be sure you know before you go. I’m Matt Mungle
The Mungle (matt@mungleshow.com)(08/01/07)
“Matt is a member of the North Texas Film Critics Association (NTFCA) and hosts the weekly syndicated Indie Rock Radio Show Spin 180. Plus with his wife Cindy they do a weekly radio feature, The Mungles on Movies. For additional reviews and interview clips visit the website www.mungleshow.com”

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