Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Movie Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

For the 3rd straight time, the Bourne franchise brought a nauseating ride on the shakey cam train. Why the director chooses to do this is beyond me, and it brings a truly great movie down to average status. Not only are the fights shakey in this one, but the director seems so obsessed with the hurl inducing effect that he even gives it to us on standard fare like sitting at a table talking.

In this episode, we catch up with Bourne digging further into Treadstone accompanied by some of the usual suspects along with a few new faces. Pamela Landy returns to inject some sanity into the chase, and Nicky Parsons manages to get tangled up in the story as usual. Ezra Kramer and Noah Vosen assume the mantle as Bourne's foils, and a new crop of agents work under their direction in this new pursuit.

Except for the shakey cam, this is a great movie, far better than the 2nd movie and equal to the first. Through a clever series of events, the movie manages to make you believe every character is fair game when the bullets are flying. It even throws some surprise twists and turns and ultimately brings the franchise to a satisfying conclusion. My only caution is that you should sit as far from the screen as possible.



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