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500 Five-Star: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

March 22, 2012

Apologies for the recent silence; I swanned off to Slovenia last week for a few days, and before that I was both unwell, and trying to prepare for aforementioned trip while also running around after a one year old.   As you can imagine, that doesn’t leave much time for writing, never mind actually watching films to write about, so poor old Ratpatootie has been a little bit abandoned as a result.  I’m aiming to get back on track with three posts a week from now…which is RIDICULOUS, I know, because that might mean that I actually make it into the Cs in the 500 Five-Star Films someday soon.  Truly, a preposturous suggestion, but, we shall see.

Now, moving on…


I’m ashamed to admit that until a couple of months ago, I hadn’t seen any of the Bourne films.  I wasn’t all that interested, my husband was pretty adamant that he wouldn’t like them, and so we just never bothered.  Knowing that The Bourne Ultimatum was coming up in this project, we finally relented and decided we might as well watch all three (is that cheating?  Should we have judged it as a stand alone film?  I’m not sure.  Too late now, anyway).  Guess what?  Of course we were wrong.  Up here in Newcastle, we have the perfect word to describe the Bourne films: MINT.  Just mint.  Massively enjoyable, massively exciting, massively entertaining.  And while they’re all excellent in their own way, there is no doubt that The Bourne Ultimatum is a step above.  It’s difficult to think of many films where the action is so remarkably tight, both in terms of choreography and editing; honestly, it made me wish Paul Greengrass could direct all action films, ever.  Matt Damon, already such a revelation throughout the series, is the best he’s ever been, and come the end, you are left simply with a complete sense of satisfaction.  What more could you want?  Consider me a convert: the Bourne films are bloody brilliant.


It’s mint.


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