BOURNE ULTIMATUM: Non-stop Action
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? This third instalment of the Bourne franchise jumps right into the action from the opening scene, picking up from where "The Bourne Supremacy" left off. From then on, there is no let-up in the pace as we follow Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in his quest to uncover his real identity. If you are prone to sweaty hands when you are tensed, make sure you bring along extra hankies.
The "Bourne" series has a built-in sympathy factor for the protagonist - particularly in his bid for survival and in the loss of his German girlfriend (Franka Potente) in the second movie. Here, it comes into play again when we find the CIA top brass crying out for blood - Bourne's and anyone who comes into contact with him. So, as CIA director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn) and division chief Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), try to cover up a potentially embarrassing experiment, they opt for the easy way out: terminate on sight.
Next, we find Bourne in Madrid, Spain, and Tangier, Morocco, where he meets up with old flame Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and tries to intercept another contact. Here, the action takes place precariously over the rooftops of tenement houses and narrow streets.
As expected, Bourne always goes 'full circle', returning to New York for the 'final encounter' with his old CIA colleague, Pam Landy (Joan Allen), and 'new' enemies. Here again, Greengrass does his sleight-of-hand tricks, making Bourne appear and disappear mysteriously in high-security buildings and offices. Yes, the "Bourne" espionage series works in the same 'gung-ho' way as the Bond outings - only that the action in "Bourne" is grittier and dirtier than Bond. However, the latter is also catching up in this department, as we have seen in last year's "Casino Royale".