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Revealing mystery behind Bourne’s identity film reviews

The Bourne Ultimatum (English)

Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Paddy Considine, Scott Glenn

Thank God! We probably wouldn’t have liked to see Jason Bourne trying to connect the loose ends to discover his identity in the next sequel as well. It’s not a James Bond or a Harry Potter flick mind you. Director Paul Greengrass probably realised that, and thus decided to reveal the mystery behind Jason Bourne’s identity in this film.

Loosely based on the novels of Robert Ludlum of the same name, the character of Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, attempts to find his own identity through Greengrass’ two sequels: “The Bourne’s Identity” in 2002 and “Bourne’s Supremacy” in 2004.

In “The Bourne Ultimatum” he plays smarter. Within minutes he hops from Moscow to Paris, London to Madrid and New York. Using his expertise with computers and mobiles, he is able to lay his hands on Simon Ross, correspondent of The Guardian, who seems to know about Bourne’s real identity. How he reaches him through local roads, malls and saves him from the ‘attackers’ who don’t want Ross to meet Bourne, is spectacularly picturised through short quick cuts.

The CIA element adds to the excitement. It sounds a little unconvincing at the end as to how and why one David Webb volunteers to become Jason Bourne to “save American lives”. Towards the end the black sheep of the CIA are exposed, but before that Bourne is shot dead. But the hero never dies, you know!

The action-packed flick seems a little too lengthy, especially after the Ross episode. Sharper editing would have helped. Plots and sub plots spoil much of its speed. And yet, you don’t mind it for its energy that glues you to your seat. A deadpan Damon plays an excellent foil to Scott Glenn who plays Ezra Kramer.

Go for it to witness very smart moves that you and I cannot even think of attempting.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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