Few films combine a dense and tingling atmosphere with the headlong pacing and adventure of The Bourne Ultimatum. The director, Paul Greengrass, takes the minimalist story line and snaps it like a whip. Then he revels in the shock waves that concuss the denizens of a packed London subway station or a Tangier marketplace.
The set-up couldn't be more elemental. Bourne (Matt Damon), determined to confront the secret CIA Treadstone programmers who made him a killer, stumbles on an even more lethal program called Blackbriar.
The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal Pictures) Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Joan Allen. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Rated PG-13. Time 111 minutes.