Monday, 20 August 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

One of the best films of the summer!

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but let me assure you this is one of the best spy films I have seen (I just don’t have a lot of time to write a review).

The film tells a comprehensive story in the final chapter of Bourne finding out the details to his elusive past. It is extremely well paced, never slowing, constantly moving the plot and the characters forward, cramming in enough edge of your seat sequences to keep you absorbed in the story and well acted by all the cast.

The highlight for me was the London tube station sequence, it must be at least 15 minutes long and it pulls you in from the get go and builds up so much tension you forget to breath.

All the other action sequence contains a similar vibe, including a roof top chase, which leads to a full on brawl in an apartment block.

The only down point was the shaky cam (especially at the beginning), I don’t think the director has ever heard of a tri-pod or a steady cam as every single shot seems to be hand held. Even the scenes where people are just talking the camera is moving all over the place, it’s a little disconcerting at first. It is most noticeable at the beginning, but after the first 20 minutes it seems to die down a bit, or either I just got use to it.

Even though this is the last in the series, the ending didn’t feel entirely conclusive, so even though there aren’t any more books to draw the story from there could easily be another sequel. Not that I’d be complaining though, bring it on.

In a word – Brilliant!


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