The Ultimate Bourne Collection defies the convention for how these things are supposed to work. The theory runs that a trilogyand rsquo;s best film is the first, and itand rsquo;s a case of diminishing returns from that point onwards. The Bourne movies? They just keep getting better and better.
Things kick off well with The Bourne Identity, which introduces Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. When we meet him, heand rsquo;s no idea who he is, but he quickly learns that heand rsquo;s in possession of some quite extraordinary, and lethal, skills. The film is slap bang on the money for the first two thirds, before a slightly muddled last act. Yet it still gets the franchise off to a good start.
The directorial reigns passed over from Doug Liman (of Swingers and now Mr and Mrs Smith fame to Paul Greengrass (United 93, Bloody Sunday for The Bourne Supremacy, and it proved to be a wise choice. Supremacy is a faster, more intense film, that this time sees Jason Bourne framed for murder, and gradually closing in on the secrets of his part. Itand rsquo;s pulsating stuff.
The icing on the proverbial cake though is the superb The Bourne Ultimatum, arguably one of the finest blockbuster movies of the past decade or two. Effectively a two-hour chase movie, itand rsquo;s a staggering achievement that returning director Greengrass manages to keep the momentum going right the way through. Damon, by this point, utterly owns the role, and itand rsquo;s a film that demands to be re-watched time and time again.
As youand rsquo;d hope and expect, high definition is both kind and effective where the Bourne films are concerned, with the fast action looking quite superb in 1080p. Backed up by a vibrant, brilliant surround sound mix, all three of the films benefit from the upgrade, and ultimately leave you salivating for the much-rumoured fourth installment. A terrific trilogy. --Simon Brew