So I finally got around to seeing The Bourne Ultimatum during my vacation last week. Yes, I know it had been out almost a whole month, but when I saw its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy, during its opening week in 2004, I had to contend with a completely unruly horde of theatergoers, including a mother of three who was eating pungent leftover stew out of a styrofoam container, and who spent half the movie giving money to her kids so they could play videogames in the lobby. (Yes, said children kept running into and out of the theater — usually during Supremacy’s most exciting scenes. Booo!) I vowed this time around I’d see Bourne in (relative) silence, even if I had to spend three weeks avoiding spoilers to do it.
Anyhow, like everyone else I’ve spoken to, I absolutely loved Ultimatum — was there a more thrilling flick all summer? — but for me, nothing topped the amazing fight sequence between Matt Damon’s Bourne (pictured, left) and Joey Ansah’s operative Desh (right). The sheer brutality and breakneck choreography of the scene left me gasping — from the first broken bathroom tile to Desh’s final, expiring breath. A quick Google search yielded an amusing interview with Ansah about the toll that the scene took on his body (click here to watch it), but I’m in full agreement: No matter how battered the two actors wound up, the results made it all worth while.
Would you agree the Bourne-Desh showdown was Ultimatum’s best moment? Or did some other scene strike your fancy? Just don’t tell me you didn’t like the movie — or that you ate Sunday night leftovers while you watched it.