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Saturday, August 18, 2007

GREENLIGHT Reviews #162: The Bourne Ultimatum (with "Five Graves to Cairo" and "Cries and Whispers")

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Ann and Les say that of all the action movies released this year, The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) is the best yet. It’s filled with picturesque escapes and chases all over the world. Matt Damon plays it very intensely and they were equally captivated and intrigued by his character – which is really saying something since he barely had anything to say. Ann thinks the real stars of the film are the director Paul Greengrass , the cinematographer Oliver Wood , and the editor Christopher Rouse . They put this film together beautifully and at a breathtaking though still manageable pace. And the performance of David Straithaim is right on too. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another spy film though decidedly one more obscure called Five Graves to Cairo (1978.) It stars everybody’s favorite Franchot Tone (that is, if you’ve ever heard of him.) This is Billy Wilder movie also featured Ann Baxter and Eric von Stroheim and it tells an intriguing and complicated tale of an English soldier surviving in a small North African city after Rommel decimated his army. He unwittingly ends up playing the role of a German spy and he might be turned in by Ann Baxter’s character who thinks she can help her imprisoned brother by doing so. Ann goes for another kind of intrigue when she recommends an Ingmar Bergman film about the inner lives of anguished women, played by two of his favorites Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thullin, called Cries and Whispers (1954.)

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