Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

This is a great adult action film. It is smart and engaging and actually has actors and actresses older than 40 who are not window dressing. David Straithairn, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, and Scott Glenn along with yungins Matt Damon and Julia Stiles are all terrific. The action and story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Paul Greengrass is an amazing storyteller. He takes us to the real cities Bourne goes to and shoots them in a way rarely seen in today's commercial films. They are not backdrops they are fully imagined characters in their own right. I felt like I had gotten a taste of what it would be like to be in all of them. I also found it amusing that after traveling the globe, we learn that the evil character who started the sequence leading to Bourne's run was from the uber-non-internationale barely a city Utica, NY. Go figure.

Memorable moment: The opening "chase" sequence in Waterloo Station. Wow!


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