The Bourne Ultimatum: An Amazing End To An Amazing Trilogy
by Ken Evans
August 3, 2007
Walking out of The Bourne Ultimatum I was torn between extreme joy and extreme sadness. Joy that I can now without hesitation add Jason Bourne to my list of all time greatest action heroes, while at the same time feeling sadness that this will most likely be the last time we see Bourne tearing it up on screen. Then I get angrier as the more I try to come up with reasons for a sequel, the more I realize that a sequel could wreck everything that we have come to know and love about Bourne.
What I love about the Bourne series is that it is different from all the other action movies that I have seen. Now don't get me wrong, I love John McClane and John Rambo, but they are basically the same hero with different occupations. Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) is entirely different. He isn't chasing down a villain who is set on world domination. Nor is he trying to save some hostages that just happen to include his wife and/or daughter. He is just a guy trying to find out who he really is and people keep getting in his way.
Over the course of the three films I have watched as Bourne slowly finds out more bits and pieces of his past, all the while his almost super human kick-butt skills become more and more sharp. This is why there cannot be a sequel. The Bourne Ultimatum completes the series entirely. His purpose is over, he finds out who he is and why he is the way he is. If they make a sequel it would turn out to be just like every other action movie, and it would wreck what sets Bourne apart from all the rest. Sadly, very sadly it must end with this third installment.
Still Ultimatum is by far my favorite of the three Bourne films. I really enjoyed the first two but I thought that each one got better as the series went along. This makes sense as Bourne also was remembering more and getting stronger and faster from film to film. I'm glad they chose Paul Greengrass to direct this third installment. Although I haven't seen any of his work before The Bourne Supremacy, I think he learned exactly who Bourne is and was able to bring the familiarity he had with the character to this film. He did a great job with Supremacy and I think through also making United 93 he has grown into an exceptional director.
I hate to talk about scenes from movies in a review, BUT, there is this one scene in a train station that was so tense that I couldn't breathe until it was over. It was awesome and unlike anything I had seen before. If you haven't seen the first two Bourne movies, do not see The Bourne Ultimatum! However, if you have seen them then leave work early and see the newest Bourne as fast as you can! Take your girlfriend or wife, as my own wife absolutely loves this series - it's worth it!