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We've had a miserable collection of blockbusters this summer, and here is the first big movie that doesn't disappoint. But to say only that would be to damn The Bourne Ultimatum with faint praise.
That excellent British director Paul Greengrass, whose last film was the exceptional United 93, surpasses even his work on the second in the series, The Bourne Supremacy.
He fashions some truly thrilling sequences, and film students for decades to come will be studying Ultimatum - especially Christopher Rouse's masterly editing Ã¢â‚¬â€for its expertise in raising tension and suspense.
Some of the extremely complex action set-pieces Ã¢â‚¬â€ notably the hunting down of a hapless Guardian journalist (Paddy Considine) by CIA assassins in a crowded Waterloo station and, later on, their pursuit of rogue spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) through the teeming streets and across the rooftops of Tangier - are among the best ever.