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The Bourne Ultimatum

action & adventure, drama

Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon returns as the trained assassin Jason Bourne in the third explosive installment of this smash hit espionage thriller series.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Excellent, smart spy thriller for mature teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Bourne Ultimatum features wall-to-wall action, much of it violent, causing repeated, bloody injuries to Bourne. The film includes car chases and crashes, explosions, fights, falls from great heights, smashes through windows, and murders (hand-to-hand, by gunfire), as well as images of dead bodies. The plot involves high tech surveillance and a dastardly, secret CIA program, and the hero comes to distrust his (U.S.) government (that said, Senate hearings at film's end lead to arrests of "rogue agents"). Language includes "s--t," "damn," and "hell."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Bourne's sense of betrayal: How does he come to see himself as a tool, created and used by the CIA, and how does his moral sense lead him to challenge his "employers"?
  • Why might it be significant that Bourne is helped by the two women agents, who both question their boss' efforts to cover up the secret program?
  • How does Bourne's amnesia make him different from most other, very self-secure action heroes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It allows itself to be a lot more fun than the Supremacy, but it lacks a truly powerful villain that would allow Jason Bourne to truly break free. Aside from that it's really entertaining and more like the first one in terms of style, but doesn't quite get there 100%. This has a lot of great realistic action and solidifies the series as an important part of American Cinema. Matt Damon is a perfect hero, both troubled and genuinely good. It manages to be smart, good looking and entertaining all in one.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010

4 stars

Pamela Landy: This is Jason Bourne, the toughest target that you have ever tracked. He is really good at staying alive, and trying to kill him and failing just pisses him off. Matt Damon returns to kicking ass in what could be the last entry in the Bourne series. If it is, this really is one of the great action series of recent times. Not only does this film fit right into the series, it defies the standard trend of most third parts of film series and is completely solid, and in my opinion, the best of the three. But the film certainly benefits from how well the previous films set this one up. This film starts literally right where part of Supremacy left off in Moscow, as Bourne, still shot and beaten from an intense car chase, stumbles into a basement and begins to have more flashes of his past. Combined with the desire to avenge the death of his former lover Marie's and to rid himself of further trouble, Bourne once again begins to go after the truth and everyone behind it. The basic outline is simple, but the film does a great job at bringing Bourne's arc full circle. Late in the film there is a line from the first film that comes up again, and you can really understand what is meant by it at this point. Its certainly a benefit to this film series to look at how the character of Bourne has evolved to the point he is at now; an adaptable machine in terms of how he can handle any situation, burdened by harsh realities that he is regretfully still a part of. Despite being a fairly smart film, it is a summer action flick first, and in that aspect this film definitely succeeds. The movie makes use of all kinds of action again, filling the Bourne formula properly. Stealth, foot chases, motorbike chases, rooftop chases, brutal hand to hand combat, and another great car chase to go along with the Bourne series. Agent: Uh sir, he just drove off the roof! Noah Vosen: What! Agent: He dove off the roof sir. Director Paul Greengrass once again employs his shaky camera work to make you feel as if you are in the action. It certainly pushes to a limit in terms of keeping things comprehensible for an audience, but to everyone that can keep it straight, they can certainly appreciate the work that's been done to create an intense experience. Among the cast, Julia Stiles and Joan Allen return to this film, playing their respective roles quite well. Joining them are David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney, and Paddy Considine, who all blend right into the atmosphere. Despite the simple story, its a credit to Tony Gilroy's scripting and these performances that enhance small roles into well drawn out characters for what is needed of them. Damon continues to shine as Bourne. He underplays this character, not making him emotionless, but not turning him into an 80s action hero either. He may have a case of the "invincibles," but he is a super spy in an action movie. Damon does a great job at getting across the idea that he is a guy who doesn't want this life, and although he'll use his skills to get what he wants, he is remorseful over the pain he has caused. I have few quibbles aside from Bourne's invincibility. The overall tone has certainly evolved. I would say this is the darkest entry in the series, with some brutal fights, and only one light line of dialog to break some tension, while the rest of the time everything stays pretty morose. A lot of the fun in the original came from Damon's chemistry with Franke Potente, which is lost this time around. It's an element that has certainly grown on me, as the series has evolved into a different experience for Bourne. Finally, throughout the series, the score has been provided by John Powell. The series has developed a signature theme (as well as an end credit song by Moby) and while it may never reach the levels of other classic movie themes, it is certainly recognizable, and the music present in this film is still very good. Overall, this is a kick ass summer action flick, with a good story to bring closure to the Bourne series. And while another entry is certainly possible, leaving it here would certainly be ending the series on a high. Jason Bourne: Do you even know why you're supposed to kill me? Look at us. Look at what they make you give.

- DrZeek, Thursday, March 11, 2010