Paul Greengrass got the nod to follow through on The Bourne Supremacy with the final installment of Robert Ludlum's Bourne trilogy (discounting the Eric Van Lustbader books The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Betrayal). The Bourne Ultimatum is breakneck intoxicating and intense. If you manage to catch your breath in the one hundred and eleven minutes of Bourne's search for himself then it is only because Bourne has paused long enough to formulate a different approach to the problems he is facing.
Matt Damon is a gifted actor who oddly enough doesn't seem to have garnered the critical recognition that his roles should have earned him (Courage Under Fire, Good Will Hunting, Rounders, Saving Private Ryan, Dogma, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and knowing most critics the role of Jason Bourne won't cause any sudden outpouring about Damon's thespian skills. This performance and the consistency of the Bourne character through the three movies sets a new standard for intensity and believability. Damon as Bourne is relentless in his pursuit of his identity and those who created him.
This time out Jason Bourne is up against a full court press by the C.I.A. to terminate him with extreme prejudice. No one is attempting to bring him in this time around once a British newspaper reporter runs three columns profiling Bourne and the Treadstone project. The C.I.A. believes Bourne is the leak and want to plug that leak permanently.
Bourne of course sees the articles as being a lead to who he really is and a way to discover who is responsible for what he has become. The set up is simple really – two elemental force coming into conflict and only one can survive. The smart money would be on Bourne.
The Bourne Ultimatum is the perfect denouement to the Bourne trilogy and an absolute must see.