Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

About The Production
Over the past five years, audiences have eagerly followed Bourne's perilous journey. When The Bourne Identity was released in 2002, moviegoers were enthralled by the film's independent vision that put a distinct postmillennial spin on the action-spy genre. "What surprised people was how fresh the movie was,” comments producer Frank Marshall. "It wasn't the action movie they expected. I think they expected a film that wasn't as brave as the choices that were made—in the telling of the story, the way it was shot and how good Matt Damon was.”

To direct the second in the series, The Bourne Supremacy, the producers turned to Paul Greengrass, a British filmmaker who had garnered critical and audience raves for his documentary and feature films—such as the internationally acclaimed Bloody Sunday and Omagh. Though he was transitioning into big-budget filmmaking, Greengrass would retain his signature handheld cameras and style of lightning-quick edits while continuing the series' storyline of one man against a clandestine government program. The Bourne Supremacy won a litany of raves from critics, with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone effusing, "If you've forgotten the kick you get from watching a globe-trotting, butt-kicking, whiplash-paced action movie done with humor, style and smarts, take a ride with The Bourne Supremacy.”

Greengrass' career exploded with the thriller and his follow-up work as writer/director of 2006's United 93. The unflinching drama told the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched in dawning horror as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001. Greengrass' efforts and the film would both be put on countless top-10 lists, and earn the director his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Director.

Now, Greengrass brings the rogue hero back to find answers about who and what Bourne is—and who made him that way—in The Bourne Ultimatum. This need for closure is what made Greengrass want to return to the series. "Bourne is a real man in a real world in pursuit of a mythic quest,” he reflects. "What's wonderful is that it's an oppositional story. Is he a killer, or was he made to be a killer? There is an underlying feeling that Bourne is one of us, and he's running away from ‘them.' He's trying to get the answers, and he doesn't trust them. They're all bad, and the system's corrupted. To convey that with a sense of excitement in a very contemporary landscape is great fun.”

A Bourne sequel would not be complete without Oscar® winner Matt Damon returning in the title role to join Greengrass. The actor was pleased with the director's desire to helm the third in the series. "Paul is one of the great directors working today,” says Damon. "He's a real storyteller whose style is perfect for these movies, because it's not theatrical. He's got a way of shooting that has a very honest feel to it.”

Damon again brings to the third production the quiet intensity and quest for truth he first infused into Bourne several years ago. "Matt's unfailingly accurate,” returns Greengrass. "There's something about him that makes audiences know he is a good guy. He's a wonderful player of parts where the character is actually very dark. There's a yearning in that character to be good that speaks to people, particularly young people. Matt and I have the same instincts for Bourne, the film and the franchise.”

Producer Marshall states that Damon offers the same qualities of the protagonist from Robert Ludlum's classic spy novels. "Matt embodies exactly what Mr. Ludlum would have wanted in the character. For example, he doesn't look like an assassin, even though he's a trained one; he is contemporary and able to slip invisibly into the world. That'

Next Production Note Section

TOP

Home | Theaters | Video | TV

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.
Contact CinemaReview.com

2014 8,  All Rights Reserved.

Google

Find:  HELP!

Google