2007: #8 The Bourne Ultimatum

Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, and George Nolfi, Based on the novel The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen
Distributor: Universal
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 8/3/2007
Date seen: 8/3/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $442,730,920
# of Oscar nominations: 3 (Editing, Sound, Sound Editing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 6 (Fight, Chase, and Sound)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Set Piece, Editing, and Action Film)

It’s often hard to place an action film in the same league as many of the films that find their way onto top ten lists.  However, action films rarely work as well as The Bourne Ultimatum, the final installment of the Bourne series.  It was easy to take the first two Bourne films for granted, but it became evident that this was one of the rare film series that got better as it went forward.  Ultimatum had the best fight, best car chase, and best cat and mouse chase of the entire Bourn series.  Following the great United 93, Paul Greengrass’ handheld style had been stewed to perfection, and it made Ultimatum that much better than Supremacy.   Jason Bourne is the action hero for the 21st century, and after the disasters that were Live Free and Die Hard and Rambo, I’m beginning to think I’m ready to abandon the old school of action cinema.

Full Review

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