Jason Bourne is back. Matt Damon returns to the blockbuster Bourne Identity
film series with The Bourne Ultimatum
, the third in the successful trilogy of films based on the novels by Robert Ludlum. Ultimatum
begins with amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne (Damon) escaping Moscow after the events of The Bourne Supremacy
, but new memories are triggered, leading him on a globe-trotting chase to discover the truth behind his missing memories. Dogging him are operatives from his former US-government employers, led by CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), attempting to silence Bourne before he can reveal their corrupt wrongdoings. With a number of assassins tracking him, Bourne travels from Paris to London, Madrid, Morocco, and finally back home, to New York City, where the truth of his origin will finally be revealed.
The Bourne Ultimatum opened on August 3rd, 2007 in North America, and grossed $69.2 million during its opening weekend, a record for August. The film went on to outgross its predecessors, and was very well received by critics, with many claiming it to be the best of the trilogy. Director Paul Greengrass (United 93) mines his documentary filmmaking roots to give Ultimatum an edgy, kinetic feel, using plenty of handheld camera to bring the audience into Bourne's tense and paranoid world. With its no-nonsense approach, as well as its cast of accomplished actors (Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Julia Stiles), The Bourne Ultimatum is a rarity for Hollywood fare. It's a big-budget studio picture that employs actors and not stars, and a commercial thriller of uncommon intelligence and integrity. Still, when it comes to action, the film delivers, the highlights being a rooftop chase in Tangiers, and a white-knuckle car chase set in downtown New York City that outdoes the thrilling Moscow chase from The Bourne Supremacy.