THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM & Tonal Shifts

This week, it’s the third in the Bourne franchise, and Paul Greengrass is back in the saddle for the 2007 film. Sam is distracted by a roomful of boxes, but Rob keeps things on track with discussions of shifts in narrative tone, how this is a very different movie from the first one, and why the ending could have been edited better.

This Week’s Watching
MONEYBALL (2015): Bennett Miller, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
STRANGER THINGS (2016): Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Winona Ryder

Recommendations
THE WORLD’S END (2013): Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
SUCKER PUNCH (2011): Zack Snyder, Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens
DAREDEVIL (2015–): Drew Goddard, Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio
FACE/OFF (1997): John Woo, John Travolta, Nicholas Cage

Footnotes
This book has a great chapter on ULTIMATUM, and connections with Alfred Hitchcock: . It makes a great point about Greengrass’s use of CCTV at the start of the film, which we entirely failed to mention. Rob muses on whether it’s time to retire the ‘American officialdom = The Bad Guys’ trope; this site has a list of films where Americans really are the enemy: . Finally, this interview has Zack Snyder talking about the ending of BvS.