“I know how you’re feeling. You lost two men in Berlin and you want it to mean something, but nothing Bourne gives you will bring your men back. Nothing in those files makes their sacrifice worthwhile. You have to let go. We’re professionals, when an operation goes bad, we tie it off. ” – Ward Abbott
Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (19 Mar 2005, Feb 2010 and 26 Jul 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Continues from where the previous film leaves off where Jason Bourne tries to live a normal life despite not truly knowing who he is.
My Take on it – This is the weakest of the original Bourne trilogy, but is still essential to view in order to understand everything about the (cinematic version) of the main character.
Matt Damon is once again great in this role and is really the perfect choice as (the younger version of) Jason Bourne.
This film relies too heavily on sentiment and revenge and veers too far from the original idea of a lost identity.
They do a wonderful job with the action scenes and just like in the rest of the films of the series the level of action keeps rising from film to film.
Te story itself slightly dips below expectations which is a shame because the original storyline that should have been followed worked much better.
Despite that, I still really enjoyed the way that they expanded the circle of information that we know about the character and his connections with the secret CIA Program.
Bottom Line – The weakest of the trilogy because it relies too heavily on sentiment and revenge instead of the quest for an identity. The action scenes are great here (as with all of the films in the series) yet the story itself slightly dips below the level that it should. Damon is fine here in the lead but something truly seems a bit lacking in the storyline here. Still enjoyed how they expand the circle of information about the character and his connections to the government. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Unlike the James Bond franchise, all the devices that Bourne uses are real and can be purchased by the average citizen. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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Disagree with you on the quality of this one vs. the original. I found Ultimatum every bit the thrill ride that Identity was. The storyline for Bourne needs to evolve and move forward – it can’t stay focused on his rediscovering who he is. This is more about what he is and why and I loved that he begins to put the pieces together culminating in remembering some of what he’d done and to whom – and going to offer a mea culpa to one of his victims children. Also – that car chase through the tunnel was nothing short of spectacular. Each of the Bourne films sports at least one incredible hand to hand combat scene and one fantastic full scale chase – whether on foot, or motorbike or car – just breath-taking. Give credit to Damon, the writing, Greengrass’s direction and a top notch stunt coordinator.
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