August 19th, 2007


The Bourne Ultimatum

God, I love action movies. I love the cliches and the style. And the mass silliness required. The Bourne Ultimatum kicks off with a good start, by way of dramatic music, and a teletyped location chattered onto the screen. It drops a little, because the masses of armed officers are police, chasing Bourne (bad movie; don't you know that this should be the prologue, with bad guys being efficient, for the only time in the movie? The protagonist doesn't turn up until later. Tsk.) But then we're in the CIA with shifty men in suits, and we're back on track...

This is the third in the Matt Damon vehicles based on the Ludlum novels, none of which I recall reading (doesn't mean I haven't, though). Bourne's looking for clues as to how he became who he is, and naturally people keep dying just before he gets the full story, but not before he gets the next clue.

There's some nice fight sequences which are largely made incomprehensible by faux-documentary camera work, and the car chase (tick) suffers the same fate. There are some very silly security issues concerning a supposedly secret CIA office, and there's a stunningly small amount of acting visible on-screen; neither Damon nor female lead Julia Stiles move their faces, apart from one smile from Stiles in the epilogue. And there's a shifty CIA suit who looks disturbingly like Chris Langham. The movie suffers from lack of coherence concerning Stiles' character's relationship to Bourne, but it's entertaining nonsense all the same. The most enjoyable parts of the film are when the script writers can be bothered to show Bourne being, y'know, good at his job (see the opening sequences in Waterloo Station), rather than just skipping over him doing it at all and going directly to the results (the aforementioned security issues), and the ending leaves a lot to be desired. But I liked it anyway.

What just happened to the world?

Trundling through the flist, I've just come across this post in Making LightMaking Light, people!  - and tripped face-first over a speedbump in the form of the phrase, "the forces of moderation led by Condoleezza Rice".
Rice? Moderate?

Isn't that like thinking, "we're in free-fall, but we may as well let go of the anvil?"
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