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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Dir Paul Greengrass. Hull CineWorld

Amnesiac CIA Agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) dodges new, superior assassins as he searches for his unknown past while a government agent tries to track him down……..

This is another of this year’s Must See action adventure films, and provided you just roll with the ludicrous plot (and why not, it’s the cinema after all?) and unlikely situations where our hero just marches into CIA buildings, un noted and raids the Chief’s safe, despite being The Most Wanted Agent of All Time, you will, like me have a great time.

The third Bourne film certainly lives up to it’s billing;

“There’s no doubt about it: the Bourne franchise delivers more entertainment-bangs for your buck than anything else comparable. And it’s an action movie with an IQ.”

Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian.

For once PB and I are in agreement.

This film can be viewed on it’s own, as it’s fairly obvious what’s been going on.

Jason Bourne is a crack CIA Field Agent who is highly trained in everything from running surveillance operations, to tracking and “terminating” the enemy with nothing to help but his wits. The trouble is, he can’t remember WHY or how he developed all these amazing skills.

This film is about how Bourne works it all out, discovering himself and his past in the process.

British director Paul Greengrass and his trademark wobbly camera, in your face style is present and correct, making the suspense even taughter delivering a blistering pace allied to superb chase and action sequences, and in addition Greengrass typically makes some salient points about how the Americans conduct the so called War on Terror, although there is nothing so obvious as Arab Bad Guys.

Instead a Guardian journalist (Paddy Consadine) is tracked and the Operations room give the nod, Jean Charles de Menezes style, for the “target to be dropped” right in the middle of a busy Waterloo Station.

Matt Damon’s brilliant acting skills as exemplified in The Departed and surely to be Oscar nominated Good Shepard are never required, but he certainly does the job of this tortured super Agent wonderfully well.

The film was a 12A but I found some of the violence would have made a 15 rating more appropriate and I would love to be a fly on the wall when the Censor and producers of such films get together, as there is no way this would be acceptable pre watershed on TV. Whilst I accept they are different media I imagine there must be some consensus of what’s acceptable?

Great fun and an evening thoroughly well spent.

 

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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2 thoughts on “The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Dir Paul Greengrass. Hull CineWorld

  1. I did consider it to be borderline 15 but an acceptable 12a, until he strangled someone to death quite graphically – and that’s coming from someone who is very lenient when it comes to censorship. 

    Posted by Richard | August 23, 2007, 10:47 pm
  2. right, why is it that as an immigrant, living in the uk for 7 years, with indefinate leave to remain in this country ,cant i be given my citizenship because of points on my license given to me in a court of law .
    does this mean that the average british national cannot get a passport if THEY have points on they are license….which , incidentally , are accompanied by a fine…..oh yeah , and if they are the maximum points, u do go to court, to get a ban or ask for a reprieve based on the fact that u need your license for reasons of eg.self employment, kids, etc….
     
    what does having points on your license have to do with citizenship…especially it u have never got any fine sue to killing anyone, driving wqhilst disqualified, etc….. just driving always at 37 or below….
    what gives?????????? COME ON BRITISH PEOPLE, DONT LET INNOCENTS SUFFER.
    I WANT TO BE A BRITISH CITIZEN , AND I SPEAK ENGLISH , HAVE MY OWN BUSINESS. HAVE BEEN HERE 7 YEARS, HAVE 3 CHILDREN ,AM A SINGLE PARENT.,  DONT LIVE ON THE DOLE, PAY MY TAXES TOO…….PAID 468 gb£ TO BECOME A CITIZEN , DID THE LIFE IN THE UK TEST TWICE, PASSED TWICE, WHAT MORE CAN I SAY ????
    OH, YEAH , WHEN MY CITIZENSHIP WAS REFUSED, ALL I GOT BACK WAS gb£68.O0 HA HA. JOKERS THE HOME OFFICE I TELL YOU !
    ALL I HAD BAD WAS POINTS ON MY LICENSE………
    COME ON ……..
    PLEEESEEEEE….BLOG THIS ! ..

    Posted by Sal | October 14, 2007, 4:51 pm

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