THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (Cert 12, 110 mins, Universal Pictures (UK), Action/Thriller/Drama, also available to buy DVD £19.99/HD DVD £24.99/The Ultimate Bourne Collection DVD box set £29.99/The Ultimate Bourne Collection HD DVD box set £49.99)
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Joey Ansah, Scott Glenn.
SECRET agent Jason Bourne (Damon) learns the truth about his past in this adrenaline-charged third film, which continues the story from The Bourne Supremacy.
Fleeing the Russian capital, Bourne continues to search for answers about his identity, while back in New York, CIA agents Noah Vosen (Strathairn) and Pamela Landy (Allen) employ every piece of technical wizardry to hunt down their rogue operative.
Bourne’s first stop is London and a rendezvous with Guardian journalist Simon Ross (Considine), who has unwittingly uncovered details of a top-secret operation called Blackbriar, the forerunner to Treadstone.
Unfortunately, various assassins including Desh (Ansah) and Paz (Ramirez) have been dispatched to track Bourne, with explicit orders to kill on sight. Following the trail of carefully hidden evidence, and a chance encounter with intelligence expert Nicky Parsons (Stiles), Bourne unearths more secrets, edging him ever closer to the shocking truth.
The Bourne Ultimatum narrowly surpasses the first two films for jaw-dropping action and suspense, moving seamlessly from a brilliantly orchestrated game of CCTV cat and mouse in Waterloo train station to a dizzying rooftop pursuit across Morocco.
Director Paul Greengrass, back at the helm after The Bourne Supremacy, masterminds every shot with flair, relying on handheld cameras to get as close as possible to the characters.
Damon answers all of the physical and emotional demands with brooding intensity. Stiles offers strong support and Strathairn is mesmerising as the task force chief willing to except any amount of collateral damage to conceal his guilt.
The Ultimate Bourne Collection, comprising The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, is also available.
DVD Extras: Driving School featurette, New York Chase featurette, Planning The Punches featurette, Roof Top Pursuit featurette, Man On The Move featurette, deleted scenes.
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (Cert PG, 83 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Family/Comedy, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £28.99)
Featuring the voices of: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Albert Brooks, Tress MacNeille.
IN THE first feature-length outing for Springfield’s favourite animated clan, Homer (voiced by Castellaneta) adopts a pet pig, which generates an unsightly amount of manure. The lazy patriarch fills a makeshift silo with the stinking mess and when the metal store begins to overflow, he dumps the putrid matter in Lake Springfield, transforming the beauty spot into toxic hell.
President Schwarzenegger (Shearer) quarantines the town and Homer’s friends turn on him and his family: dutiful wife Marge (Kavner), son Bart (Cartwright), and daughters Lisa (Smith) and Maggie. Next-door neighbour Ned (Shearer) helps the Simpsons to escape from the baying masses.
Alas, the d’oh-zy father cannot escape the consequences of his reckless actions and he must change the slovenly habits of a lifetime to save Springfield.
The Simpsons Movie screams out, unheard, for imagination, cramming a dozen or so 24 carat gags into 83 minutes of limp social and political satire.
Each family member has a flimsy dramatic arc. Homer and Marge put their marriage under the microscope, Bart debates whether his father loves him and Maggie utters her first word (during the end credits). Meanwhile, eco-friendly Lisa develops a crush on Irish boy Colin (MacNeille), whose father is ‘definitely not Bono’.
Half-hearted sideswipes at Al Gore (Lisa presents a lecture entitled An Irritating Truth), Alaska and Disney (Bart wears a black bra to look like mouse ears and chuckles ‘I’m the mascot of an evil corporation!’) fail to draw blood.
DVD Extras: Director, writers and actors commentaries, five deleted scenes, alternative ending, Homer’s Monologue On The Tonight Show.