'Bourne' Is a Bullet of a Movie

'Easily the best action thriller of the year,' raves USA Today
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2007 8:51 AM CDT
Actor Matt Damon poses as he arrives at the premiere of "The Bourne Ultimatum" at the Harkins Theater, Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – America's favorite amnesiac CIA agent, Jason Bourne, is caught up again in fast-paced and far-flung action in the thinking-man's thriller threequel The Bourne Ultimatum, which critics gave high marks for both psychological acuity and adrenaline. The New York Post calls Ultimatum a "potent PowerBar of a movie—all protein and no fat."

The LA Times gives Matt Damon a lot of the credit for making Ultimatum irresistible, calling his Bourne "the humblest and most relatable existentialist government-made killing machine ever devised." The New Yorker, among others, notes that Damon looks like a bullet, and acts like a bullet—"ricocheting off walls, windows, cars, and fences"—in a movie that moves like a bullet.