Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jason revisits The Bourne Ultimatum

Leading up to the release of The Bourne Legacy, The Basement will take a look back at the groundbreaking franchise that made an unlikely hero out of Matt Damon and changed the way action movies were made forever.

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. 

My favourite of the Bourne films; a fast-paced and thrilling conclusion to the trilogy. I especially dig how the first three quarters of the movie play out before the end of The Bourne Supremacy. Clever, boys clever. It's that cleverness on the part of screenwriter Tony Gilroy that gives me hope The Bourne Legacy won't suck.

But back to this film, there isn't one thing in here I don't like. This is a race against time, with Bourne rushing headlong toward his return to the United States. There's more Julia Styles, which is not a bad thing, a great foot chase and an even better car chase in downtown New York. And we get to see Bourne beat the shit out of someone with a book. A BOOK! There's no end to the cool.

I also enjoyed the insight into what Treadstone agents go through in order to get accepted into The Program. And Albert Finney brings the badass as The Program's head. We've also got great supporting turns from Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn.

What more can I say? This is how you cap off a series. It's a Good. Curious to see what Gilroy and company do with The Bourne Legacy.

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