Taylor Carlson COM 101 Paul Helford The Bourne Retrospection Grade: A The Bourne Ultimatum is the third installment of the series where Jason Bourne, a secret operative agent for the government, loses his memory in the line of duty and struggles to recall his disturbing past. As he finally regains his memory he backtracks to find out how it all started while trying to prove his innocence for murders he did not commit and running from the same government who made him who he is. The Bourne Ultimatum capitalizes the action/adventure genre with incredible acting, directing, camera work and special effects to help produce the seemingly effortless style, skill and soul this film emanates. Director Paul Greengrass relies on the talent and capabilities of actor Matt Damon as well as his production team to create such an unparalleled realistic adventure. Screenwriters Tony Gilroy, Scott Z Burns and George Nolfi created this continuation of Robert Ludlum’s novels The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy from scratch and could not do any better than Robert Ludlum himself. They traversed the stereotypically gaudy language used often in other action films, such as the Die Hard series, or more recently Vantage Point, to produce a truly complex psychological work with plenty of plot twists and cliff hangers to keep you occupied for possibly the rest of your life, or at least until the next sequel presents itself. Realistic adventure may be a bit of a stretch, nonetheless one would like to think that Jason Bourne could really survive every obstacle he as been faced with. As far as anyone is concerned he definitely did because he is back and for some reason we do not care about anything happening to anyone else but him. Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. The stoic, yet personable, character that Damon brings to life could not be portrayed by any other actor. The reason Damon is Bourne is because of his wide range of physical, mental and emotional capabilities as an actor. “If I don't care what Jason Bourne's real name is, and believe me, I sincerely do not, then I enjoy the movies simply for what they are: skillful exercises in high-tech effects and stunt work, stringing together one preposterous chase after another, in a collection of world cities with Jason apparently piling up frequent-flier miles between them,” Roger Ebert claimed (Rogerebert.com). Actress Julia Stiles, as Nicky Parsons, a CIA field operative who coordinates logistics for agents, has been in all three Bourne installments but finally gets her well earned recognition when she mysteriously joins Bourne’s side of the team while leaving us with cryptic and possibly foreshadowing messages throughout. I like this analysis of the acting. Paul Greengrass’ previous accomplishments, which include United 93 and The Bourne Supremacy, fall hard in comparison to The Bourne Ultimatum. He keeps the phrase “never a dull moment” close to his heart while pulsating moments by moments of running, jumping, speeding, crashing and shooting in equal balance with intellectual interaction between characters so you know what is going on, without ever really knowing what is going to happen next. “Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two films, digs out all the provocation in the script, co-written by Tony Gilroy, to plumb the violence of the minds behind global terrorism. With his handheld camera, Greengrass keeps the suspense taut as Bourne trots the globe,” Peter Travers wrote (Rolling Stone Magazine). I think that if you expand other areas this might not be needed. Oliver Wood, cinematographer, creatively organized the extremely jittery action camera scenes with the slower paced scenes so audiences had no recollections of Cloverfield queasiness. Never before has a standard length film been so successful at providing all of the essential characteristics of a good action film, these characteristics include: character development, plot explanation, plot elaboration, suspense and action sequencing. “Greengrass, clearly a philosophical type, is rarely content to show a thing from a single angle if he can show it from five. He wants us right in there, thinking on our toes and putting our heads together as if the life-threatening situation were our very own. He eliminates the polite distances between the movie and the viewer and shoves us into the chaos” wrote Carina Chicano (Los Angeles Times). I would focus on this a little more I would bring out specific examples from the film. The end of the film shortly suggests that Jason Bourne might be dead; audiences are appeased to find that he is not- for which we must all be thankful for a few reasons. One, we’ve just spent the last three films and millions of dollars to watch him survive in impossible ways. Two, Jason Bourne cannot die; if he could we wouldn’t care about the films. Three, they have left just enough holes for another installment, yet still enough closure to end the series on a good note. I would not end your paper like this I think that this has so much potential to bring in a new thought right now that has not been fully developed in the paper will distract the reader and take away from your paper. I think that you did a good job over all. This paper would receive a B- right now.
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