‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 167


#126 / 365 – ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ – 115 mins
IMDb Challenge #77 / 250 – Ranked #167 – Via DVD Collection

When Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) contacts the British reporter of The Guardian Simon Ross (Paddy Considine)that he is researching Operation Blackbriar that superseded the Treadstone Project to find out a clue to lead to his true and dark identity, he is chased though Moscow, Paris, Madrid, London and Tangier by CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), who wants to eliminate him.

It has often been said, rarely in a trilogy does each movie improve on its predecessor however in this case they really saved the very best until last. There’s no time to analyse the plot as Paul Greengrass propels you straight into the film and then continues to take you on this high-octane ride throughout.

The films standout sequence which is dazzling executed, occurs when Bourne directs Simon Ross through a crowd of pursuing agents in Waterloo station, couple this with some blistering choreography fight scenes in which Bourne displays an array of hand-to-hand combat skills that even Bruce Lee would drool over. Then before you can say I’ve got memory back, comes the cherry on top car chase, where Bourne knows how stylishly wreck an Audi. The Bourne Ultimatum brings arguably one of the best trilogies off all time to a fitting climax making it a tour-de-force to be reckoned with – move over Bond this is real spy stuff.


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