I think the contest of 'which Bourne movie is best' is over. Ultimatum is flat-out amazing. The chase sequence and fight in Tangiers may have been the best action scene of the whole trilogy, and that's saying something.
OK, spoilers ahoy, so be warned.
So many little references for fans of the whole series. Julia Stiles essentially morphing into Franka Potente midway through the movie. The closing scene from Supremacy happening three-quarters of the way through the film and actually becoming a plot point. Extreme Ways, which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite songs.
While I was getting my haircut this morning, I thought of Jason Bourne. A curious thing about him: For a man who spent three years on the run with the CIA trying to kill him at every turn, he manages to keep his buzzcut nice and trim. You'd think he'd get all shaggy and scraggly, but no. Bourne prioritizes keeping his look clean and neat. Maybe he has Flowbees hidden in his many safe deposit boxes all across Europe.
My initial reaction is that this is easily the best Bourne movie. And I LOVE the other two. I can't wait to own it. It puts all the other part 3's of this summer to shame. It kills them with a book punch to the throat and a washrag. It owns summer 07 and whoever reads this needs to go see it.
I liked the first one, but the second one gave me a headache since the director doesn't know what a steadycam is. After seeing this, it seems that the entire film was filmed with handheld cameras because there wasn't one single still moment in the film.
This works great for the action scenes, but for things like people sitting and talking in an office, you really need to stop and let the actors do the job and not shake the camera like they're on a boat or something. It's kinda tacky and shows that the director needs to go back to school.
I actually did enjoy this, the chase scenes were better then I've seen in a while. That scene where he jumps of the top of a building and crashes through the window of another building was pretty fucking cool because they had another stuntman doing the same jump right behind him with a camera. I don't think that's been done before.
To me it's better that there is no sequel, because it felt like they ended on such a huge high note here. Any sequel seriously runs the risk of ruining that high note.
I mean think about it, how many franchises can you name that has like a third movie or trilogy ender that is this strong? I can't think of too many. Ultimatum was definitely one of the best.
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The movie starting before the end of Supremacy and continuing up until the phone call scene from the very end of Supremacy was BRILLIANT writing. Worthy of an Oscar right there. But of course the Academy will ignore it with their snobbery.
Like 2004, Bourne is totally owning the end of the summer once again. While Rush Hour 3, yet another sequel and third movie released this year, pretty much turned out to be the trash we thought it would be.
How many third movies were there this summer exactly?
1. Spider-man 3 2. Shrek The Third 3. Pirates of The Carribbean: At World's End 4. Ocean's 13 5. The Bourne Ultimatum 6. Rush Hour 3
Did I miss any? And damn, not only that but in the first couple of months of the summer you had a sequel getting released just about every week.
I thought it was terrible that 24 won Best Drama Series. A couple of years ago? Sure. But this season--and much of the previous one--was very poorly written. Too many huge gaping plotholes and not enough grounding in relationships and real emotions.