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BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
When London's The Guardian runs a story about his real identity being secret, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) believes that security journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Consadine) must have a source who could finally lead him to discover who he really is before he became a professional assassin for the CIA. He makes contact with Ross, but the ever vigilant, technically empowered spy Agency picks up the scent; under orders from the head of the special 'dirty' branch, Noah Vosen (David Strathairn) a team is sent to kill them. This sets off a chase from London through Paris, Madrid, Tangier and New York as Bourne tries to evade his old employer, save his collaborator Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and make contact with a CIA bureau chief Neal Daniels (Colin Stinton) who knows the truth of his beginnings as an agent. But Daniels is killed before Bourne can get the information, and Vosen puts the heat on to have the evidence destroyed and Bourne terminated before he can discover and possibly divulge details of Blackbriar, the top secret operation that spawned him as its first killing machine.

Review by Louise Keller:
There are more right hand turns than city blocks in the CBD in this exhilarating final chapter of the Bourne trilogy, when a host of different characters become targets and Jason Bourne finds himself with unexpected allies. There's a constant feeling of motion in this highly paced, riveting thriller whose action traverses seven countries, and in which Bourne sets out to unlock the final secrets to his forgotten identity. Action drives the narrative with massive stunts involving cars, motorcycles and a stunning chase sequence over the rooftops of Tangier in Morocco. Gripping from the outset, The Bourne Ultimatum is a thrilling conclusion filled with twists, surprises and a magnetic central performance from Matt Damon, who effortlessly marries his killer instinct with a tangible sense of decency.

The story picks up precisely where the last film finishes and director Paul Greengrass once again instigates the frenetic jerky hand-held camera style previously used in The Bourne Supremacy, which positively reinforces the transient mood, although excessively at times. Immediacy can easily develop into confusion when the camera moves so violently that it is hard to determine precisely what is happening. But that small reservation aside, the thrills and excitement are considerable as Bourne follows the trail leading to the top secret Blackbriar project. Meanwhile, the colluding members of the CIA, now headed by David Strathairn's Noah Vosen, are connecting the dots, by impressive use of tracking, bugging and camera devices, following Bourne's every move. Bourne's sixth sense alerts him to the imminent danger and spying eyes, and there's tension mounting when he plants a phone into the pocket of Paddy Considine's investigative journalist Simon Moss in the midst of the overcrowded Waterloo Station, also making him a target.

The return of CIA operatives Joan Allen and Julia Stiles is cleverly integrated with flashbacks, shown as blurry memories. Our emotions are put through the ringer as Bourne uses everything at hand to escape from his foes as well as getting his hands dirty to find out what he needs to know. It's a multi-layered, multi-national thriller that delivers on every count, including raising issues of morality, which are at the heart of the film.

DVD special features include New York chase scene documentary with Matt Damon, secrets behind the rooftop pursuit revealed and a five-part mini movie on the cities visited by Bourne.

Published December 26, 2007



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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE: DVD (M)
(US, 2007)

CAST: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glen, Paddy Considine, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Joey Ansah, Colin Stinton

PRODUCER: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Paul Sandberg

DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass

SCRIPT: Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns (novel; by Robert Ludlum)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Oliver Wood

EDITOR: Christopher Rouse

MUSIC: John Powell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Peter Wenham

RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 30, 2007

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: New York chase scene documentary with Matt Damon; The secrets behind the rooftop pursuit revealed; Your ticket around the world - five part mini movie on the cities Bourne visits

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

DVD RELEASE: December 31, 2007

UPCOMING EVENT
RIVERSIDE SCREEN PREMIERES
A program of premiere screenings of new movies prior to their commercial release on 6 consecutive Tuesdays, starts February 17, 2015 at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, Sydney.

Curated & presented by Andrew L. Urban, discussion to follow with special guests. Briefing notes provided.







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