In the first installment, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) lost his memory and punched a lot of Europeans in the face. Next, the foolish U.S. government chased him, and many a hitman were embarrassed by Bourne's deft self-defense moves. And now, after losing a girlfriend and somehow escaping the bad guys, Bourne's back, and this time he's giving the big boys an ultimatum: Give me answers or die.
It appears Damon's gotten a little heavier since completing the second film in the trilogy, but he was also recently named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," so it's easy to overlook. The only time it's obvious is when comparing spliced flashback clips from part one—where his frame is a little sleeker—with recently filmed backstory pieces. Other than the 10-pound discrepancy, everything else is on point.
I was warned prior to watching the movie that the filming is bouncy—potentially causing nausea. I will now pass along a cautionary note: This one's quite literally a roller coaster. Viewers follow Bourne as he flies around rooftops, bursts through windows and engages in hand-to-hand combat in close quarters. Ultimatum is a lot like the first two, which hopefully you've already seen for two reasons. One, the third movie frequently references past events. And two, the ending is perfectly tied back to the trilogy's very beginning.
The stunts are stunning, the action is frenetic, and the acting is fantastic. Kudos go to Damon and director Paul Greengrass (who also directed Supremacy) for giving back the action genre its good name.