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."
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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