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Thursday 23 August 2007

'The Bourne Ultimatum' - a review

I went to see this film on Thursday afternoon. The third episode in the film adaptations of the Robert Ludlum Bourne series of espionage novels, The Bourne Ultimatum is a roller-coaster of action, blood and guts from beginning to end. Jason Bourne is still trying to find out who he is and where he came from and this film, with much [realistically] simulated bloodshed and general mayhem leads him to fulfil his quest. It's every bit as exciting as the first episode, The Bourne Conspiracy, although I'd say the determination to 'thrill' the audience with an almost non-stop series of derring-do and jerky camera effects is so over-the-top it nearly gets in the way. Without spoiling it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it, the ending leaves open the possibility of a fourth episode in due course - no doubt this will utimately depend on an assessment of its bankability and the continuing ability of lead actor, Matt Damon, to appear youthful and convincingly indestructible. I was laughing more or less throughout the movie and I found the whole thing commendably cathartic. If you like mindless escapism (as I do!) then it's worth a couple of hours of your time.

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