THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

REVIEW BY DAVE SMITH

Sorry folks but in my opinion this film does not justify it's box office receipts. One indication that it may not be that good is the fact the film is "loosely based" on the Robert Ludlum books. This means that the only thing from Ludlum's writing is the name of the title character and a few other characters. Little script writing is required here. The director can just turn over most of the movie to the stunt men. If you can follow what's going on...you are ahead of most of the audience. But perhaps today's audiences are simply not as literate as those of the past. Today people are more tuned in to the visual aspect of things. It's too difficult to write good sharp dialogue and great plots. It's simply not necessary anymore. When people come out of the theater they don't say, "Wow! What a well written movie!" or "I can't believe the cleverness of that plot."

Yes The Bourne Ultimatum is big box office. It's action that people want and they are getting it here. But director Paul Greengrass has simply gone overboard in that respect. I'd much rather watch The Blues Brothers wreck cars than Jason Bourne. Their wrecks are funny because of the overkill. I must confess I did hear some in the audience snicker when the car chases became so outlandish they began to be funny. One of the better things about this film is the cast. David Strathairn is excellent as usual. Joan Allen and Julia Stiles are very good as is the dependable Albert Finney. Matt Damon is perfect for the part. Let's get one thing straight here. Damon is one hell of an actor. He does well in this role but he does well in every role he plays. I imagine however he must have gotten somewhat frustrated by the almost total absence of dialogue. Surely these kind of people talk more in real life. The words given to Damon to speak can't have taken up much more than two or three pages.

I realize I may be one of the few who are turned off by this movie but don't worry...money talks...and it speaks louder and stronger than anything in this movie. There WILL be another sequel.

 

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