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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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?
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.
The whole trilogy is essential viewing, and this keeps the pace where it needed to be for the breathless plunge into the grand finale. Greengrass's direction brings a new kind of tautness and proficiency to Liman's brilliant starter.