Film: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) is the third movie in The Bourne Series.

Picking up where Supremacy left off, Bourne is on another mad chase - this time, it's to pick apart all of the loose ends about his identity and life, as he sets out to track down the source of the Government Conspiracy that made him into a weapon and caused all the trouble in the first place. This leads him through a series of individuals with the information he needs, and he picks up an unexpected ally in the computer specialist who had been in the background of the previous films. Cleverly retcons the second movie's final scene and thus takes place contemporaneously with part of Supremacy.

This film provides examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Question: Bourne asks Paz "Do you even know why you're supposed to kill me?"
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: During the movie, we get glimpses of the induction process Treadstone (and presumably Blackbriar) agents undergo. Specifically, Jason is told to murder a man, sitting in a room with a bag over his head, and every time he refused Jason had a bag put on his head and he was severely punished, vis--vis solitary confinement and waterboarding among other methods, until he finally broke and killed him. To twist the knife further it seems that Jason, who volunteered, initially seemed to think the test was to not kill the man, given how soldier-like he took the orders.
  • Book Ends:
    • The Bourne Ultimatum ends with Jason Bourne being shot in the back, falling into water, and being lost and presumed dead by his pursuers. This directly mirrors the events preceding the first film, where we first see Bourne being rescued from the ocean, having been shot in the back and left for dead by Wombosi and his men.
    • Also, Ultimatum ends with Landy closing off the events of the film in a government committee, in a nigh identical fashion to how it's done in the first.
  • Burner Phones: We see Jason Bourne buy a prepaid cell phone, which he then smuggles into the pocket of a journalist with whom he wants to communicate. While the agents observing Bourne and the journalist are perfectly prepared beforehand to surveil the journalist's own phone, this new phone comes completely out of the blue from their perspective, and thus it takes them a while until they are able to track it down and to eavesdrop.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: While Bourne is reading the newspaper in the train, an article on the side mentions the Treadstone agent Jarda who was killed in the previous movie. His decidedly non-German name is explained by him being a Czech national who lived in Munich.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: Bourne's bait-and-switch ploy to get the information on the Blackbriar project.
  • Karma Houdini: The asset who kills Simon Ross. He escapes, but returns in New York to kill Bourne. Jason beats him and has him at gunpoint, but decided not to shoot.
  • Live-Action Escort Mission: Bourne guiding Ross through Waterloo Station.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Paz just before the end of the movie. He has Bourne at gunpoint, distraught about Jason's decision to spare him earlier. Jason's Call Back to what The Professor told him back in the first film ("Look at us. Look at what they make you give.") leads to Paz lowering his gun and letting Bourne go.
  • Mythology Gag: One of the "terminated" victims' files from Vosen's safe has a picture of Richard Chamberlain, who played Jason Bourne in the 1988 adaptation of The Bourne Identity.
  • Never Found the Body:
    • At the very end of the film. This is how Nicky knows that Bourne is still alive.
    • Subverted earlier in the movie. Bourne is able to kill Desh before he can kill him or Nicky, and tells Nicky to report that they are dead. Vosen then sends men to find their bodies and confirm it.
  • Oh Crap!: Vosen has two moments: when he realizes that Bourne's in his office, and that Landy has faxed away all of the Blackbriar files.
    • He has one earlier when Bourne gets himself caught on-camera helping Simon Ross:
    Vosen: Jesus Christ. That's Jason Bourne.
  • Product Placement: Among others are Norton Antivirus, Guardian newspaper, Motorola and Nokia phones, Mercedes and Volkswagen cars.
  • Soft Water: at the end of the film, Bourne survives falling from a 10 story building into water after possibly being shot. He was shown floating lifelessly for a few seconds, however, indicating he was stunned.
  • Super Window Jump: The very end of the movie - in a variation, Bourne jumps off the roof.
  • The End of the Beginning: At the end of Ultimatum, Jason Bourne is no more, and David Webb has more or less taken his place.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: When Nicky Parsons sees Desh coming to assassinate her, she immediately grabs her phone and disassembles it while making her escape into a crowded market street, throwing the separate pieces onto the ground as a trail for Jason, who is about a minute behind them, to follow.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Unlike his predecessors, Noah Vosen comes across as one of these.
    It ends when we've won.
  • The Worf Effect: Desh manages to outwit and nearly kill Bourne without a fight.