The Bourne Ultimatum Review

“Kill The Cameraman.”

November 7th, 2011

Just like in 'Supremacy' I was hoping that Bourne or someone would kill the cameraman just so they could replace him with a tripod or a stack of books. Trying to watch this made me mutter obscenities in disbelief that this fight scene camerawork is applied to simple scenes of exposition dialogue. This is incomparable to Blair Witch or Cloverfield where the shakey camerawork fits in the context of the story being told plus they showed restraint here and there. The people behind the camera here are some of the highest paid visual storytellers in the world and this is what they give us. No restraint, no control, no craft. All this aside, what about the important things, like story, character, acting, etc.? Not very impressive that this is the third time the CIA has failed to eliminate a single person. Finding out more of his past was not satisfying but at least it wasn't a twist ending that turned the whole story upside down. I've had enough of that crap. In contrast to the visual madness, the actors insist that flat deadpan delivery of dialogue makes it seem more real. They must have gone to M. Night Shyamalan's Academy of Deadpan. The action was distracting enough to upset the rest of the movie's nauseating visual style.

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