The Bourne Ultimatum
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Well, it has not been one of my better months, as I am recovering from surgery and being dumped. The only movies I have felt like watching have been ones where seemingly happy couples get stabbed in the head (subsequently, I have once again been exploring the darkest recesses of Netflix horror). Anyway, I thought I could siphon off some of my ill will by working myself up into a good rant about yet another Hollywood action sequel. Unfortunately, this was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Damn.
This is the third Bourne film in the series. I haven't seen any of the other Bourne movies, but I imagined it would be like Bond films, which is a series that guarantees confusion over convoluted evil plans no matter how much you bone up on the material. Very helpfully, several characters provided some clunky exposition right at the beginning, so I didn't feel overly lost. I suppose my plot summary is that Jason Bourne has no memory of who he is and must run around trying to discover the truth. Nothing like a hot guy with an identity crisis.
Mostly, this film consisted of chase scenes. Bourne is chased through many different cities but always evades his pursuers in increasingly ridiculous ways. This is quite fun in the beginning, but got a bit tedious at the end. Matt Damon elevates the movie, as he is a lot more talented than the standard action hero. Although it does bother me than his character never bothers with a disguise.
I'm not sure it deserves its place on this List, but you could do a lot worse, action movie wise.
Production was unable to shut down Waterloo station so "extras" can be seen pointing at the cameras.
Jason Bourne doesn't smile for the entire movie. I bet no one tells him he has resting bitch face...