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"THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM"
(2007) (Matt Damon, David Strathairn) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Heavy Extreme Heavy Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None Extreme None Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Minor None Mild Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Thriller: A former covert operative tries to find the source of his troubled past and get revenge for the death of his girlfriend, all while dealing with government agents and assassins who want to kill him.
PLOT:
Following the death of his girlfriend and having previously been framed for the murder of two U.S. agents, former covert government operative Jason Bourne (MATT DAMON) is still troubled and frustrated by his nebulous past and the fact that the agency he once worked for now wants him dead. Having learned that British newspaper reporter Simon Ross (PADDY CONSIDINE) has met with an insider informant about Operation Black Briar -- a top-secret program that wouldn't look good if news of it was made public -- Jason wants to find him.

But he's not alone, for CIA director Ezra Kramer (SCOTT GLENN) wants all of that as well as Bourne quelled, meaning deputy director Noah Vosen (DAVID STRATHAIRN) must pull out all stops, including sending the likes of assassins Paz (EDGAR RAMIREZ) and Desh (JOEY ANSAH) to do the job. That doesn't sit well with deputy director Pamela Landy (JOAN ALLEN) who clashes with Vosen over that decision, which eventually also includes putting out a hit order on CIA employee Nicky Parsons (JULIA STILES) when she assist Jason.

Constantly on the run and always needing to be one step ahead of his superiors and their goons, Jason tries to uncover the final piece to the puzzle about who he really is, a quest that will increasingly put him in danger as he sets out to find the man responsible, Dr. Albert Hirsch (ALBERT FINNEY).

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the first two films, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For violence and intense sequences of action.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MATT DAMON plays an amnesic undercover agent for the U.S. government who wants revenge on those who killed his girlfriend and programmed him to be a highly efficient killer. He must constantly stay one step ahead of his superiors and the goons they've ordered to kill him, resulting in him battling with and killing some of them.
  • DAVID STRATHAIRN plays the CIA official who sees Jason and others as expendable threats to his operation, and thus orders hits on them. He clashes with Pamela, and uses some profanity.
  • JOAN ALLEN plays his subordinate who doesn't agree with his way of doing business, and wants to bring in Jason alive. She briefly uses profanity.
  • JULIA STILES plays a CIA agent who tries to help Jason, and thus risks both her career and life in doing so.
  • PADDY CONSIDINE plays a British newspaper reporter who's unaware of the severity of his story exposing a top-secret U.S. government operation. He briefly uses some profanity.
  • ALBERT FINNEY plays the behavior modification specialist who programmed Jason in the past, but most contend with his creation coming back after him.
  • SCOTT GLENN plays the CIA director who wants whatever it takes to keep the covert operation working, including the murders of their own people.
  • EDGAR RAMIREZ and JOEY ANSAH play government operatives assigned to kill others, including Jason.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this action flick that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 3 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are uttered, and a couple is briefly seen making out in a flashback.

    Violence consists of several murders, some scenes of behavioral modification based torture, as well as several intense fights with all sorts of brutal blows delivered to bodies, etc. Some of that has bloody results, and those scenes and various moments of peril might be intense or unsettling for some viewers. All of the fighting and other stunts (some of them potentially quite dangerous) might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.

    Varying degrees of bad attitudes are present, a miscellaneous character is informed that his sister is dead, and a character has a beer in front of her.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, a tremendous amount of handheld camerawork occurs throughout the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Nicky has a beer in front of her.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Jason has blood on his hand, as well as a hole in his shirt. We then see Jason inserting a needle into his finger, while there's a bloody smear on a door.
  • We see a pool of blood on the floor next to a man who's just been shot in the head.
  • Jason is a little bloody following a nearby explosion.
  • Both Jason and the operative he fights are somewhat bloody, including Jason's knuckles that are seen later.
  • An operative is very bloody following a car crash, while Jason has some blood on him as well.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Vosen orders the hits on Jason, Simon, and Nicky, seeing them as expendable threats to his operation (all from Kramer's order).
  • Hirsch and those responsible for programming Jason in the past are portrayed as having bad attitudes, but we then learn that Jason volunteered for that top-secret conditioning.
  • At various points in the film, Jason steals various vehicles (motor scooter, motorcycle, and car) to chase after or elude others.
  • Kramer says that if Operation Black Briar goes south, they'll wrap it around Pamela's neck and let her take the fall.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • Jason tries to get a man to wait before leaving a room in a train station, aware that something isn't right. The man panics, however, and rushes out, only to have an assassin shoot him in the head, killing him (seen from a distance). We then see the POV of the sniper scope searching for Jason, but the latter manages to avoid that. He then turns the tables and chases after the assassin.
  • When Nicky shows up, Jason holds his gun on her. She then lies to Vosen on the phone, hoping she'll buy his story so that Jason won't shoot her.
  • We see an operative preparing a bomb to use on an agent. Jason tries to track down the operative's location and uses Nicky to do so, but her involvement results in Vosen putting out a hit order on her as well. Jason sees the operative leave a bag alongside a parked car as the agent's car approaches, so Jason stops the latter, but another hidden bomb then goes off. The explosion hits the agent's car and kills him, while it blasts Jason aside and injures him.
  • Police chase after Jason who's chasing after an operative who's now after Nicky with an order to kill her. During this, Jason grabs and throws an aerosol type can into a fire, causing a diversionary explosion. He then briefly fights some cops, delivering various quick and hard blows before fleeing. As the operative closes in on Nicky who finds herself seemingly trapped in a narrow alley before making her way into a building, Jason runs from one rooftop to the next, with the police in hot pursuit up there. During this, Jason jumps from one roof down through a window (over an open alley), crashing through the glass.
  • Jason fights an operative, with both delivering brutal blows to each other, as well as crashing and smashing into various parts of the room and hitting the other with various things. During this long and very brutal fight, Nicky tries to help by grabbing and pulling on the operative's face, but he hits and knocks her aside. The fight ends when Jason strangles the operative, seemingly killing him.
  • Pamela hurriedly tries to fax secret and sensitive documents, all as we know Vosen is coming for her.
  • Jason holds a gun on Hirsch, including right to his head, but doesn't shot him.
  • An operative aims his gun at Jason but doesn't shoot. When others show up, Jason takes off running and jumps from the top of a 10-story building, just as Vosen shoots at him. Jason hits the river down below quite hard and is seen just floating there (making us think he's dead), but he then comes to and swims off.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Rifles/Explosives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Oh sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "What the hell /is going on/was that/are you doing/is this/just happened?" "When the hell did he get another phone?" "Who the hell is he?" and "Get the hell out of there."
  • All of the action, stunts, and fighting (some of it potentially dangerous) might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • Jason jumps from a moving train to elude others.
  • Jason and Nicky drive and swerve through traffic to get somewhere in a hurry.
  • We see some miscellaneous graffiti.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of action-oriented and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 3 "s" words, 10 hells, 2 damns, 3 uses each of "G-damn" and "Jesus," 2 of "For Christ's sakes," and 1 use each of "Christ," "Jesus Christ," "My God," "Oh Christ" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a flashback to Jason and his girlfriend making out.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Jason visits his girlfriend's brother to inform him that she's dead.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Secret workings of the U.S. Government.
  • The comment that decisions made in a hurry are never perfect (Vosen's justification for having a person killed in a crowded train station).
  • The comment that things look different depending on where one is sitting.
  • Behavioral modification.
  • Amnesia.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see a flashback to men grabbing Jason and putting a hood over his head.
  • Two police officers confront Jason, who has his back turned to them. They slowly approach, but he suddenly strikes and takes out one, while holding his gun on the other.
  • We see another flashback to the grabbing and hooding of Jason.
  • We see a flashback to a scene from the last film where a vehicle crashes into a body of water and Jason tries to rescue and save his fatally wounded girlfriend.
  • Operatives hold guns on people on a bus, inject one with something, and then drag his body down the street.
  • Jason encounters and kicks a man in a stairwell, knocking him out.
  • Knowing operatives are after both of them, Jason tries to guide Simon through a crowded train station by cell phone directions. Jason then jabs one operative with something, taking him out, and then fights many goons, hitting all of them many times (with brutal blows, and avoiding the handguns they carry) before using a handgun to strike the last one across the face, knocking him out.
  • Jason tries to get a man to wait before leaving a room in a train station, aware that something isn't right. The man panics, however, and rushes out, only to have an assassin shoot him in the head, killing him (seen from a distance).
  • We see another version of the flashback to Jason being grabbed, hooded, and this time his head dunked into water.
  • Goons show up where Jason is located and slowly enter the flat with their guns drawn. Seeing movement of light under a door, they shoot through the door and adjacent wall, but then realize they've been fooled. Jason then attacks both, delivering brutal blows, taking out one while having a slightly longer fight with the other.
  • We see an operative preparing a bomb to use on an agent. Jason tries to track down the operative's location and uses Nicky to do so, but her involvement results in Vosen putting out a hit order on her as well. Jason sees the operative leave a bag alongside a parked car as the agent's car approaches, so Jason stops the latter, but another hidden bomb then goes off. The explosion hits the agent's car and kills him, while it blasts Jason aside and injures him.
  • Police chase after Jason who's chasing after an operative who's now after Nicky with an order to kill her. During this, Jason grabs and throws an aerosol type can into a fire, causing a diversionary explosion. He then briefly fights some cops, delivering various quick and hard blows before fleeing. Later, Jason jumps from one roof down through a window (over an open alley), crashing through the glass.
  • Jason fights an operative, with both delivering brutal blows to each other, as well as crashing and smashing into various parts of the room and hitting the other with various things. During this long and very brutal fight, Nicky tries to help by grabbing and pulling on the operative's face, but he hits and knocks her aside. The fight ends when Jason strangles the operative, seemingly killing him.
  • An agent shoots into a locked glass door to get in.
  • Jason breaks a car window to steal the vehicle to get away from goons after him. As he backs up, he runs into one goon and various parked cars, and then continues away from a pursuing car whose occupant fires several shots into his windshield. Jason then ends up driving off the top of the 2-story building and crashes backwards into several parked vehicles below.
  • There's a gun battle in a parking garage between an operative and local cops, with Jason stealing one of the latter's cars to escape. A car chase then ensues, and many vehicles are hit, while the operative shoots at Jason in the cop car. Jason escapes and then quickly backs up into a stopped vehicle.
  • The chase continues, with Jason and an operative's cars side by side and bashing into each other. The operative ends up ramming Jason's car up onto a Jersey wall and pushes it along, with both smashing into other vehicles at high speed. Jason aims his gun at the bloody operative, but doesn't shoot him.
  • Jason holds a gun on Hirsch, including right to his head, but doesn't shoot him.
  • There's a flashback to Jason shooting a hooded and bound figure sitting in a corner of a room (as part of his final training in the past).
  • Jason flees from agents, and jumps through and thus breaks a closed window.
  • An operative aims his gun at Jason but doesn't shoot. When others show up, Jason takes off running and jumps from the top of a 10-story building, just as Vosen shoots at him. Jason hits the river down below quite hard and is seen just floating there (making us think he's dead), but he then comes to and swims off.



  • Reviewed July 26, 2007 / Posted August 3, 2007

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