||The Bourne Ultimatum
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Trevor St. John
Man On The Move: Jason Bourne: From Berlin to Tangier, see how the film’s exotic locations influenced the filmmaking!
Rooftop Pursuit: Discover how state-of-the art technology was used to film the incredible Tangier rooftop scene!
Planning The Punches: Matt Damon reveals his complicated fight training.
Driving School: Join Matt Damon behind the wheel as he trains for the New York car chase scene!
New York Chase: Get an insider's view on how the chase sequences were filmed!
Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: Spanish, French
Run Time: 116 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Matt Damon returns as highly trained assassin Jason Bourne, who is on the hunt for the agents who stole his memory and true identity. With a new generation of skilled CIA operatives tracking his every move, Bourne is in a non-stop race around the globe as he finally learns the truth behind his mysterious past.
What started out as a great action film in "Bourne Identity," ended up becoming a franchise, which is now on its third film and feels the need to give the audiences an explanation of who Jason Bourne is. Now that most of the main characters from the first two films are dead, "Bourne Ultimatum" introduces us to a whole other set of personalities, who want nothing more than to see Jason be captured or killed.
Continuing from the second film, Bourne is on a mission to find out why his he was tracked all the way to India, where his girlfriend ended up taking a bullet that was meant for him. This mission, takes him all over the world (France, Morocco, New York) in search of the man that was there from the beginning. Along the way, he is followed and attacked by a government organization, whose job is to take matters into their own hands when it comes to assassinating threats. And Jason is the biggest threat they got.
The film is intense from the very first shot and does a great job of keeping the audience on track, even with the many new faces and storylines. We are treated to beautiful locations and an incredible car chase scene. But in the middle of all this, we are asked to believe that our government is evil and would ignore human rights by establishing an organization with a license to kill. And kill they do. The reason to terminate Bourne is not fully explained and the entire background story between Bourne and Nicky is completely ignored. I also felt that the rooftop scene was a bit much and made it hard to keep track of, let alone hard to imagine that the characters would be able to figure out what's what. In the usual Bourne style, any scene that seems dull and unimaginative, usually ends with a bang. And the rooftop scene does exactly that.
The DVD comes with several great featurettes. There is "Man on the Move," which shows Matt Damon and crew filming in Paris, London, Madrid and other locations. The one interesting thing is to see how the snow is created, which in reality is paper. Another featurette is "Rooftop Pursuit," which goes into great detail about how the Tangiers rooftop chase scene was created. While Damon did plenty of jumps on his own, he saved the window leap for a stuntman. In "Planning the Punches," we get to see how the big fight scene was planned and executed. In "Driving School," Damon and the stunt crew show us what it took to film the amazing car chases in the movie. In "New York Chase," we see how the parking garage scene was done and why it is important to buckle up when Damon is driving. Finally, the DVD comes with an audio commentary by director Paul Greengrass.
I believe the first Bourne film was the best. And even though "Bourne Ultimatum" decided to complicate the story a bit, it is still a fun ride and is definitely a must buy.