July 22nd, 2007

paul greengrass deauville

Ultimatum reviews

  • Quotes from very positive early reviews of Bourne Ultimatum by Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere (excerpt):

    I can't decide which adjectives or catch phrases to use in this review of Paul Greengrass 's The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal, 8.3). I'm really kinda stuck. Pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat, bobsled, warp-speed, heart-in-your-throat...how many hundreds of times have I read those terms? It's gotten so they don't mean very much. But this final Bourne flick does, I feel, "mean" something. That is, apart from the fact that all I could say for the first five or ten minutes after coming out of last night's screening was "whoa" and "wow."

    The Bourne Ultimatum is, naturally, one steriod orgasm action blast after another, but that's expected. What else could it be with those two super-Bourne's before it? So let's try and quantify. I think it's an action movie milestone in two ways. One, by pushing the velocity-junkie aesthetic to new super-pleasurable extremes. And two, by being so good at this go-fast game that you don't care that those hallowed dramatic substances -- character brushstrokes, echoes, deep-down emotion, dialogue that addresses something besides story points. -- are all but absent. You just don't care. You're in adrenaline heaven.

  • ...and Kris Tapley at In Contention:

    “The Bourne Ultimatum” is the most riveting, most creative, most stimulating film of what has already proven itself to be a thoroughly engaging series of films. Spinning author Robert Ludlum’s spy novel trilogy away from its Cold War settings and into a modernized realm, the adaptations – writer Tony Gilroy the common denominator at every step – have been nothing short of sizzling in their willingness to stray, while remaining true to the essence of the novels and their captivating central character. With this, the final film based directly upon the work Ludlum fashioned, director Paul Greengrass has managed to provide one of those rare movie delights: a franchise that bested itself with each subsequent installment.

  • Ben talks about giving Matt a present to repay him... but it's in Italian. Can anybody translate the relevant parts of this interview?

    Anche il suo amico Matt Damon ha da poco avuto una bambina. Gli ha dato qualche consiglio?
    "A modo mio. Una volta sono piombato a casa sua e ho appoggiato un pacco sul tavolo. Gli ho detto: questo è divertente e molto utile. Provalo".

    Cos'era?
    "Un porte-enfant con gli animaletti colorati. È stato un modo per sdebitarmi".

    Di cosa?
    "Da ragazzo ero convinto di aver già capito tutto della vita. Preferivo buttarmi anziché ammettere che non avevo la minima idea di quello a cui andavo incontro. E se qualcuno provava a darmi dei consigli rispondevo: me la cavo da solo, grazie. Matt era l'unico in grado di farmi ragionare. Mi ha perfino aiutato a smettere di fumare".

  • From a Don Cheadle interview at the OC Register:

    Cheadle, who was nominated for an Oscar for his 2004 performance in "Hotel Rwanda," has been in his share of big-budget popcorn movies, most notably the three "Ocean's" movies, in which he played a clever, fast-talking British safecracker. But those were ensemble movies, and individual members don't get full credit in the greater scheme of things.

    But he did learn something from working with that particular group of actors.

    "Matt (Damon) is a great example of something that could happen to me," he said. "No one in Hollywood thought of Matt as an action star. But along comes 'The Bourne Identity.' It's flying mostly under the radar, so Matt gets his chance. It goes on to make a lot of money, so Matt gets to do 'Bourne' a second time, and now a third time. I don't know if he'll get to be an action hero in some other kind of a movie, but at least he got this chance.

    "That's what I'm hoping for – my 'Bourne Identity.' I wouldn't mind being an action star for a change."

  • The opening paragraphs from the Empire article on Ultimatum.

    David Strathairn – former circus clown, doyen of US indie cinema and Oscar nominated actor – doesn’t do blockbusters. In fact, the closest he’s come in his distinguished career was a supporting role in Sneakers and Curtis Hanson’s The River Wild and LA Confidential.

    So, when he signed on for Paul Greengrass’ trilogy-capping big-hitting The Bourne Ultimatum, as shady CIA bigwig Noah Vosen, he did so for three reasons: 1) the lure of the highly respected Greengrass; 2) he wanted to see how an 'ocean liner' worked in practice; and 3) he was told that his part would be over quickly – a couple of shots on location in New York, the rest on soundstages in Pinewood Studios. Piece. Of. Cake.

    Famous. Last. Words.

    "I was told it would take three to five weeks, with a little bit around the corner, back in November," Straithairn says, safe in his New York home and able now to laugh at the memory. For that "little bit around the corner" has turned into a series of callbacks and reshoots, as the Bourne Ultimatum shoot edges close to day 150.

    "I’m not done yet," he adds wearily. "I think there’s still some stuff to be shot." We’re talking, by the way, in the middle of June. The movie’s out in the US on August 3.