'The Bourne Ultimatum' Synopsis

"The first two films were very good at being powered by questions. 'Who am I? 'Who killed my girl?' And the answers that he gets in the first two movies are satisfying, but not complete. This third film has got to be about answers. By the end of this film, you've got to understand how Jason Bourne became Jason Bourne.
-- Director Paul Greengrass

In 2002's The Bourne Identity, he tried to discover who he was. In 2004's The Bourne Supremacy, he exacted revenge for what was done to him. Now, he is coming home and has only these words for his pursuers: "I remember everything."

MATT DAMON returns as trained assassin Jason Bourne for the latest showdown in The Bourne Ultimatum. In the follow-up to The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy -- the smash hits that have earned more than $500 million at the global box office and sold almost 20 million copies in North America alone since their debut in home entertainment -- Academy Award-nominated PAUL GREENGRASS (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) again directs a breathtaking espionage thriller that allows moviegoers to crisscross the globe and follow one man as he stays a step ahead of his would-be assassins.

In the world of action choreography, chase sequences and intricate plot switchbacks, the Bourne series has set a new standard for an entire genre. With an innovative story structure that rewards fans who have followed the series and thrills those new to it, The Bourne Ultimatum explodes with twists and surprises. Capitalizing on the increasing stature of Damon and a cast of award-winning supporting talent in The Bourne Ultimatum, internationally lauded filmmaker Greengrass understands that audiences demand intelligent espionage stories complete with heart-wrenching emotion and mind-boggling action.

We find Bourne living as a man without a country or a past. Subjected to brutal training he doesn't remember by people he can't identify, Bourne was turned into a sophisticated human weapon -- the toughest target the CIA has ever tracked. Since he was discovered floating in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy several years ago, he has been on a desperate quest to learn who he is and discover who taught him how to kill.

After his lover, Marie, died from an assassin's bullet, however, all Bourne wanted was revenge. Once he found it, what he craved was to forever disappear and forget the life stolen from him. But a front-page story in a London newspaper that speculates about his existence ends that hope, and he finds himself once again a target.

Treadstone, the top-secret black-ops program that created this super-assassin, is now defunct. It has been re-imagined as the joint Department of Defense program Blackbriar, with a new generation of trained killers -- hidden from domestic or foreign oversight -- at the government's disposal. To them, Bourne is a $30-million malfunctioning threat who must be taken out, once and for all. To him, they are the only link to a life he has tried in vain to forget.

Bourne has reached the end of the line. This time, he will not stop at his former masters' empty promises or even with the killing of those who relentlessly pursue him. With nothing left to lose, he will use each nuance of his training and every finely honed instinct they taught him to come after his creators and finish it all.

His quest will take him from Moscow, Paris and Madrid to London and Tangier -- evading, outsmarting and outmaneuvering Blackbriar operatives, federal agents and local police every step of the way -- in a desperate quest to find answers to questions that haunt him. And Bourne's journey will ultimately lead him to where it all began and where it must come to an end: the streets of New York City.

Joining Damon are returning cast members JULIA STILES (The Omen, the Bourne series) as conflicted agent Nicky Parsons and three-time Oscar nominee JOAN ALLEN (The Upside of Anger, The Bourne Supremacy) as CIA internal investigator Pamela Landy. Newcomers to the series include DAVID STRATHAIRN (Good Night, and Good Luck., Fracture) as Noah Vosen, head of the black-ops program Blackbriar; SCOTT GLENN (The Silence of the Lambs, Training Day) as Ezra Kramer, the CIA's director; PADDY CONSIDINE (Hot Fuzz, In America) as Simon Ross, a British newsman ready to break the Blackbriar story; EDGAR RAMIREZ (Domino, El Don) as Paz, the deadly operative who is hot on Bourne's trail; and five-time Academy Award nominee ALBERT FINNEY (Erin Brockovich, Big Fish) as Dr. Albert Hirsch.

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