But don't forgive them... their hackery is a downgrading of the action genre. Looking back on the action flicks of '07 we should forgive Spider Man 3 and 300 their errs, and now elevate Transformers and Ghost Rider to full-fledged quality films.... for we have seen the trash that is The Bourne Ultimatum.
Tony Gilroy's regurgitated script is a disaster in itself. Relatable human dialogue is sidestepped for inanities such as these:
Pam Landy: You do not have the authority to kill her.
Noah Vosen: Oh yes I do! And you had better get on board!
Pam Landy: Noah, she's one of us! You start down this path, where does it end?!?
Noah Vosen: ....It ends when we've won.
Pam Landy: This isn't what I signed up for. (pause) What they did to you. (pause) Blackbriar. (pregnant pause) This isn't us.
Bourne: Then do something about it. Everything you need is in there...everything.
Pam Landy: David. Why don't you come in with me? It'll be better if we do this together.
Bourne: No. This is where it started for me.... This is where it ends!
But, amazingly, the critics ate this up!!!! Is it because Gilroy (the latest addition to the Gaghan/Haggis/Arriaga pseudo-intellectual & mucho-ineffectual troop) dropped in some topical C.I.A. leakage, chatter of "experimental interrogation", and NSA phrase dropping? Have our cultural gatekeepers and bullsh*t watchdogs become this gullible?!?!
I supposed that's what ultimately has stirred up so much bile in me. The Bourne Ultimatum is so textbook bad, so emotionally vacant, so poorly acted and it not only gets a pass, but is lauded as one of the year's best films! Agenda driven film criticism has taken over and it's drowning our film culture in a very shallow pool of ideas.
Death to Paul Greengrass. Long live Michael Bay.