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Parents' Guide to

The Bourne Ultimatum

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Excellent, smart spy thriller for mature teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2007 115 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 15+


That basically sums it all up. It was perfect, The violence was more than the previous and just a bit more brutal with choking,stabbing,shooting,etc... This is without a doubt the best film you will ever watch. But then again the violence is constant and outragous with many scenes where people are brutally killed but then again that is what made the bourne films all so good. But bourne isn't that great of a role model here. He is more driven to bring the fight to them instead of just staying out. But still then again we are watching an action movie so if you say to brutal the go watch something not so violent. But back to the the point this movie made you feel like you were there. It is easily the best of the series but if you have younger audiences you might want to have them watch the bourne identity instead, this one being a bit to violent
age 18+

Violent and still contains a lot of profanity and too many uses of Our Lord's name in vain and blasphemies.

This Movie is really well made it is very violent. including a choking scene with a towel. Unfortunately it has great Disappointments: I has way too many profanities, some blasphemies which 1 is more than enough and way way and to many uses of Our Lord's name in vain.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (48 ):

The film's action is stunning (fast, visceral, stylized), and the consequences deadly. When he learns that a London Guardian reporter, Ross (Paddy Considine), has stumbled onto Blackbriar, Bourne makes contact, then directs his every step by cell phone, negotiating a crowded Waterloo Station and avoiding a CIA sniper. Given his deep sense of loss concerning Marie (killed in the last film), it's not surprising that Bourne shares a distrust of the CIA with two women, specialist Pam Landy (Joan Allen) and an agent, Nicky (Julia Stiles), who both helped to track Bourne in the previous films and now question Vosen's extreme measures. Nicky's understanding of Bourne may be the most poignant, as she watches him resolve a brilliantly edited chase scene in Tangier with an amazing fight against yet another "asset."

Bourne's quest leads him to ugly truths, about himself and the behavior-modifying experiment that created him. As his memory returns, he has flashbacks of his training, including torture. The film goes on to show that Bourne once believed he was doing the right thing, that he would "save American lives" by giving himself "to the program." When he finally finds himself, he sees he must determine his own motivations, not believe in someone else's.

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