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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

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Paul Greengrass

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Tony Gilroy (screenplay), Scott Z. Burns (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles ... Nicky Parsons
David Strathairn ... Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn ... Ezra Kramer
Paddy Considine ... Simon Ross
Edgar Ramírez ... Paz (as Edgar Ramirez)
Albert Finney ... Dr. Albert Hirsch
Joan Allen ... Pam Landy
Tom Gallop ... Tom Cronin
Corey Johnson ... Wills
Daniel Brühl ... Martin Kreutz
Joey Ansah ... Desh
Colin Stinton ... Neal Daniels
Dan Fredenburgh ... Jimmy
Lucy Liemann ... Lucy
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Storyline

Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar--an upgrade to Project Treadstone--in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross and realizes instantly they're being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company's best efforts in trying to eradicate him. Written by Corey Hatch

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This Summer Jason Bourne Comes Home See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence and intense sequences of action | See all certifications »

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English | French | Arabic | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bourne: El ultimátum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,283,690, 5 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$227,471,070, 29 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$442,824,138, 29 November 2007
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

While filming in Tangiers, the crew had to close down the busiest square in the city for several hours while shooting. In the bonus material, you can see a crowd of slightly irritated looking locals who had no warning that the closure would take place. See more »

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While trying to save Nicki in Tangiers, Bourne is shown jumping from the balcony of one building through an adjacent window of another while that window closed. Not only does Bourne not cover his eyes and face (which would have been shredded by the impact) he doesn't clench his fists or pull in his arms which would have been severely injured and lacerated by the shattering glass.

Additionally, Bourne did not launch himself with enough momentum to have broken the window. At best he would have been hung up in the window's damaged frame and had to extract himself from the wreckage. See more »

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Russian dispatch officer: Suspect from tunnel auto chase, heading east from Kievsky Train Station.
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Follows The Bourne Identity (2002) See more »

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Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum)
Written, Produced and Performed by Moby
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Edge of the seat stuff
17 August 2007 | by snow0rSee all my reviews

Jason Bourne sits in a dusty room in with blood on his hands, trying to make sense of what he's just done. Meanwhile, a CIA chief in NYC outlines the agency's response to what's just happened on screen. An American flag stands proudly on the centre of his desk in the foreground of the shot, but as he speaks, it slips out of focus as his plan veers into morally dubious territory, as if it doesn't want to be associated with the course of action the government man decides is necessary in the interests of national security.

This shot effectively captures the mood of the film. As well as portraying Bourne's quest to find out how he became Jason Bourne, Ultimatum is also an examination of the human costs of the measures taken to protect us in the interests of stability and security.

It is also probably the best film you'll see in the cinema this year.

It's just so intense. Bourne says to Simon Ross (Considine) "This isn't some newspaper story, this is real" and in the audience you almost believe him. The camera shakes, but remains steady enough for you to see everything and feel like you're there with Bourne as he tries to elude his pursuers, and the performances are so good that these guys seem as though they are the characters they're portraying, instead of just being actors performing well-written roles. The action scenes are so brutally fast-paced and well choreographed that they seem instinctive instead of planned to the minutest movement; the stunt-work is nothing short of amazing.

The pacing is just incredible. It keeps driving forward towards its conclusion, but not so fast that it leaves you struggling to piece together the plot; the script delivers the information you need as quickly and clearly as possible before moving on to the next tense action set-piece. While they're often simple (the Waterloo sequence is essentially just a man on a phone being watched by a man on a phone) they're charged with such dramatic intensity that you can't take your eyes off them. The film is just so focused on powering forwards that you can't help being swept along by it.

With its intense action set-pieces, brilliantly paced storyline, and intelligent examination of the decisions made in the name of national security, the Bourne series is one that accurately captures the ambiguities of our age. Ultimatum is its peak.


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