Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in In the Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Ultimatum proves that Hollywood films don’t have to be mindless to be fun. Read on:
Jason Bourne indeed comes home in The Bourne Ultimatum and, boy, what a homecoming. The Paul Greengrass-directed sequel is a slam-bang conclusion to one of the most unique and adult action franchises ever produced by a major studio, and leaves the audience hoping that series star Matt Damon will reconsider his statement that this is the final Bourne film.
Ultimatum is the most relentlessly-paced entry in the frenetic series, starting off in mid-action just weeks after The Bourne Supremacy left off. An injured Jason Bourne, a.k.a. David Webb (Damon), escapes from Russia and is making his way through Europe when he reads an article about himself in Britian’s The Guardian newspaper.
Seeking out the article’s author, reporter Simon Ross (Paddy Considine), Bourne knows Ross’ source had to be a high-ranking CIA official. He wants to meet Ross’ source not to kill him, but to find out more about his true identity and who made him what he is today.
Ross’ article threatens to expose the super-secret Blackbriar operation, a clandestine ops group within the CIA that makes the previous films’ Treadstone group look like the Watergate burglars. The CIA, obviously, doesn’t want the bloody truth about what Blackbriar is doing exposed so they send a team to snatch Ross. The reporter’s surprise savior turns out to be Bourne, whom the CIA mistakenly believe is aiding Ross and wants to expose Blackbriar. This leaves Blackbriar boss Noah Vosen (David Strathairn) one option: kill Bourne and anyone else in order to protect the agency.
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