The government's most wanted amnesiac super-spy returns in this thrilling third installment in the Jason Bourne franchise. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM picks up where the THE BOURNE SUPREMACY left off, with Bourne once again racing around the globe, desperate to uncover the secrets of his identity. Having just lost his girlfriend and only companion, his search for answers is now fuelled by much more than his own self-preservation. The film kicks off with Bourne tracking down a British journalist (Paddy Considine) who he believes has valuable information about his past. He quickly discovers that the government conspiracy runs far deeper than he realized, and so begins a riveting, action-packed game of cat and mouse with the CIA. Bourne plows through the bad guys like a mini-tornado, and after some breathtaking fight sequences and several nail-biting car chases, he closes in on the truth in a climactic stand-off on the streets (and rooftops) of New York City.
Joan Allen and David Strathairn are excellent as two battling CIA directors, and Julia Styles pops up for a small but important turn as Bourne's former government contact. Matt Damon continues to give Bourne the perfect mix of tough guy determination and sad-eyed desperation, and despite his physics-defying fists, he never comes off as the invincible super hero. Rather, the appeal of Bourne remains in his humanness--he feels pain, bloodies his knuckles, and mourns the loss of his lover. It's this emotional and physical vulnerability that keeps you on the edge of the seat, holding your breath for him. Well, that and the totally awesome fight scenes, of course.
4 stars out of 4 -- "[E]asily the best action thriller of the year....Directed and edited with virtuosity, it offers two hours of non-stop excitement..." (USA Today)
"THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM is a spectacular windup toy of a thriller -- a contraption made by an artist." -- Grade: A- (Entertainment Weekly)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM is a wow of an action movie....The movie is thunderously exciting, but what makes it resonate is the wrenching story we read on Damon's face." (Rolling Stone)
"[A] fantastically kinetic, propulsive film....Mr. Greengrass and his superb team do all their dazzling with technique." (New York Times)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Pummelling action, smart scripting and larnyx-crushing martial arts. Injecting the spy thriller with class, this threequel cements a formidable legacy." (Total Film)
5 stars out of 5 -- "Greengrass has surpassed himself with a compelling, immersive thriller that's as exciting an experience as cinema can provide." (Empire)
"[The film] completes a trilogy of the most exciting espionage thrillers ever made in Hollywood....With relentless thrills and tension...smartly directed..." (Sight and Sound)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Greengrass brings his obsession with nervy, paranoid hand-held cameras and razor flurries of split-second editing back for ULTIMATUM..." (Uncut)
"Greengrass' camera may scurry and dart like a rabbit trapped in a mall, but he keeps the tone grounded, the effects in-camera and the acting low-key and real." (Los Angeles Times)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] satisfying final installment to the hard-edged action trilogy....A movie that is raw, urgent, urban and smart..." (Ultimate DVD)
"ULTIMATUM is a tribute to Bourne's determination, his driving skills, his intelligence in out-thinking his masters and especially his good luck." (Chicago Sun-Times)