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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

  • Critic Score
    94%
  • Audience Score
    91%

common sense

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

5 stars

"Jason Bourne" concludes his journey in this thrill-a-minute ride, trying to find the answers that have even been hidden behind the answers in the previous films. We get much more in depth with Treadstone and an all new project that will reveal his birth name. Matt Damon and the rest of the cast of "The Bourne Supremacy" all return, with a nice additions to the cast. This action has been improved upon, the story is much more detailed, and the smooth intense chase sequences will have you on the edge of your seat. This part of the series has come to an end, and does it ever do it with style. "The Bourne Ultimatum" is not just the best in the series, but it is highly memorable as a brilliant stand alone action thriller.

- fb733768972, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

5 stars

"Jason Bourne" concludes his journey in this thrill-a-minute ride, trying to find the answers that have even been hidden behind the answers in the previous films. We get much more in depth with Treadstone and an all new project that will reveal his birth name. Matt Damon and the rest of the cast of "The Bourne Supremacy" all return, with a nice additions to the cast. This action has been improved upon, the story is much more detailed, and the smooth intense chase sequences will have you on the edge of your seat. This part of the series has come to an end, and does it ever do it with style. "The Bourne Ultimatum" is not just the best in the series, but it is highly memorable as a brilliant stand alone action thriller.

- fb733768972, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

4 stars

Compared to all the Bourne entries, Ultimatum is by far, the most exciting and tightly executed of them all. There seems to be non-stop action but it is simply because of the tight and strong editing, direction, and camerawork by Paul Greengrass. The action never seems to let go but it isn't what many imagine the "action" to be. Ultimatum is a super smart, exhilarating, and entertaining action movie that sets the bar for spy thrillers. This is a must see. One of the greatest action movies of all time.

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012