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The Bourne Ultimatum

Former CIA assassin Jason Bourne seeks the truth about his past.

You don't have to wait around for the action in The Bourne Ultimatum, said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. From the movie's first moments, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is running and fighting his way through a Russian train station. By the time you've settled in your seat, Bourne has sprinted through London; Turin, Italy; Paris; and Madrid. As viewed through the multiple hand-held cameras of director Paul Greengrass, Bourne's momentum is yours, too. 'œYou take it in not with your brain but through your feelers—your technological third eye.' The rush of watching this summer's best action movie isn't just visceral, said Rene Rodriguez in The Miami Herald. It takes some brainpower to get a handle on Bourne's mission to discover his own back story. The movie is framed by three enormous action set pieces. The first is in London, the second in Morocco. 'œAnd in the third, set in New York City, Greengrass choreographs a car chase so spectacular, it makes the concept of car chases seem brand-new again.' Along the way, this action hero gets complicated, said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.com. Still smarting from the death of his girlfriend in The Bourne Supremacy, the ex-assassin takes each one of his kills to heart. As he uncovers the institutionalized evil within the CIA, Bourne emerges as a hero 'œwho insists on peering through the murk rather than letting it block the truth.'

Rating: PG-13

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