If Alfred Hitchcock were alive and well and directing action films, I bet they'd look a whole lot like Paul Greengrass' superlative spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum. I find it hard to express how welcome a movie like this feels right now, coming as it is like a big meaty dinner after three straight months of sugar-laden desserts. Those who enjoyed the first two chapters (Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity and Greengrass' The Bourne Supremacy) will undoubtedly have a ball with this third and final entry and here's why: Forget that it's a sequel and ignore the fact that the film has next to no connection to its Robert Ludlum source material -- The Bourne Ultimatum still stands as one of the most invigorating action movies I've seen in years. Not only did it propel me out of the theater on a tasty little 'movie buzz' ... it may have re-ignited my passion for the whole damn genre.

Looking for proof that you don't need $95 million dollars worth of digital trickery to create a kinetic spectacle that will have moviegoers cheering? Here it is. How novel it is to come across an action film that delivers thrills and intensity through use of character and story over eye-candy and hollow noise ... but here it is. Simple enough to follow but just circuitous enough to sink your teeth into, bolstered by a stellar lead performance from Matt Damon, stuffed with powerfully gripping action bits that are deliciously complex and actually feel germane to the story...
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