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The Bourne Ultimatum
DIRECTED BY PAUL GREENGRASS
RELEASED: 2007

Why's it so good? The conclusion of the Bourne trilogy is a snare-drum-tight thriller that at last gives some closure to Matt Damon's amnesiac assassin as he embarks on a breakneck world tour. The biggest hit of the trilogy, it also established Paul Greengrass as arguably the premier thriller director currently plying his trade.

The Bourne Ultimatum The Bourne Ultimatum
How does it stack up to the original? This is a different beast from Liman's Identity, so let's compare it to its predecessor, Supremacy. And there it suffers slightly: Bourne's quest doesn't really differ that much in any of the = films. At the end of this movie he achieves some sort of closure, but nothing that really seems worth the hell he's put himself through. But this is a beautifully-made thriller, with the Waterloo sequence arguably the best sequence in the entire trilogy. We don't go into WH Smiths there now without looking over our shoulders at least three times.

Glaring error: The attempt to hint at a romantic past between Nicky (Julia Stiles) and Bourne doesn't sit well, particularly considering the interaction between the characters in the previous films.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 62 MONTHS


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