In the third installment of the popular Jason Bourne film series, loosely based on the novels by Robert Ludlum, Bourne narrowly survives an assassination attempt, despite going into hiding, which forces him to his former life as an assassin.
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Best Bourne movie for sure. The tone and pace of the story is awesome and the acting is ace. While Damon is the centre piece here the supporting cast is as good as he is. I especially liked Urban's take on the russion baddie, full of charisma and menace. And the action set pieces are among the best in the genre.
I am in the extreme minority, but I think this is actually my favorite one. Love the opening sequences and the way that the Brian Cox character plays out. Greengrass and Wood work marvelously together.
Greengrass took the reins on the second entry in the series and certainly put story first, however just not as consistently exciting as the first entry. Supporting players well cast especially Joan Allen and Julia Stiles. Fight sequence between Damon and Csokas was one of the best choreographed sequences to come along in ages. Well shot by dp Wood but Greengrass' stamp was all over this one coming off 'United 93".
Not the ingenious, drum-tight, actioner-of-the-decade that "Ultimatum" is, but damn, no one makes a thriller like Greengrass. Clever, restrained and emotive without being overblown. Damon's monologue near the end to the young girl about truth is powerful stuff.
Plot hoops and oversimplifications galore. Bourne is apparently a crafty superspy: he can spot someone random on the street and knows their after him, get himself into bad situations because escape is just a karate chop away, etc.. We are told he's clever often, but instead of a script showing his smarts, he mainly uses his brawn, while his knowledge is just superhuman. What in the mother fucking bullshit is that?
With Greengrass at the helm, we gained a kinetic energy and a no bullshit approach that really benefits the fight sequences. Add some emotional stakes and voila-- one of the best action films of the new millennium. We also gained Joan Allen, which became the perfect vehicle for why women should be in charge of. Her ability to read the situation and act accordingly is always held back by a man's hubris and greed.
Everybody seems to have different opinions on which of the series is the best/worst. I personally found this to be the weakest of the three, and thought the story was a little less cohesive than the others.
Still, this is a superior action film.