The Bourne Ultimatum

Yes, I finally saw the “Bourne Ultimatum.” And I loved it. There’s something about the Bourne movies that you just don’t get in other action films. I think it’s the fact that while the characters exist at the extremes of what human beings are capable of, they’re not supermen and superwomen. No wire work, no CGI amping up the fight scenes—just human brutality overlaid with either that signature heart-pounding piece of music or even no music at all. Don’t get me wrong; there’s a warm spot in my heart for Matrix-y bullet-time and the wire work of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” But sometimes, particularly for the spy genre, it’s really heart-stopping to see something that can feel so real. I remember my reaction when the first Bourne movie was announced. It can be summed up as, “Matt Damon, action hero?! No WAY.” And yet he works perfectly as the series’ protagonist. I never would have expected it, and yet now I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.

We also saw “The Invasion,” with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. It felt like they left a few scenes on the cutting room floor; the pace and story were a bit jumpy in a few places. Other than that, however, I definitely enjoyed it.

 

If you’re in a bookish mood, I highly recommend checking out the R.I.P. II challenge. I think I’m a little too buried in books right now to go after it myself, but it looks like a great one!

 

Edit: Just had to add my favorite patch note from the new LotRO patch:

People were really bummed in Rivendell, sometimes. Now they shouldn’t be so depressing, even the Bowyer who was always going on with ‘Oh, woe is me!’ and ‘It’s terrible, just terrible!’ — brought to you by the ‘Rivendell Is A Happy Place!(tm)’ tourism bureau.

And, my second-favorite:

No more deja vu! You should now only see Athal once. You should now only see Athal once. (ed. note. MadeOfLions, that was too easy! You should be ashamed. You should be ashamed. -Patience)

I love that Turbine adds some amusement to keep the patch notes from being impossibly dry and boring.

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5 comments on “The Bourne Ultimatum
  1. Carl V. says:

    So glad you enjoyed Bourne. It was great, wasn’t it? I agree with your thoughts, I too like the highly stylized movies, but films like this are better with their more ‘realistic’ brutality and grit.

    Glad to hear Invasion isn’t bad. It bombed at the box office this weekend and I read some stuff about in house difficulties that may have resulted in some of the poor editing in places that you mention. I really want to see it simply because of my undying devotion to Nicole Kidman! 😉

  2. heather says:

    Carl: There’s just something so heart-poundingly tense about a movie that feels that ‘real.’ I have to hand it to the folks who made the Bourne movies for keeping them so consistently high-quality; it seems like so many other series start to go downhill after an initial success like that.

    To be fair, I’m not nearly as good a judge of movies as I am of books, which is why I never review them. 😀 I tend to enjoy most of them regardless of whether they’re “good” or not. But I do think most of the negative comments I’ve heard regarding Invasion could be attributed to what did appear to me to be more an editing problem than a story problem. Also, it’s true the “message” of the movie was a bit heavy-handed, but since it was somewhat old-style SF being based on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” that’s kind of a standard feature. Thus I’m willing to see it as a stylistic thing.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I saw Bourne Ultimatum and while I enjoyed the movie-making process of the film, meaning the acting, characters, pace etc., I was not impressed with the story line itself. It had great momentum at the beginning but then just seemed to end almost anti-climatic. That’s just my opinion, I’m not a movie critic or reviewer. I enjoyed the first 2 movies better.

  4. heather says:

    Cynthia: I didn’t notice that, but I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to movies. 🙂

  5. Cynthia says:

    Me too and then all I have to do is look at Matt Damon, who cares about the story line 🙂

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