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The Bourne Ultimatum
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Programmed, Co-Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
David Butterworth
Jake Parker
Gary K. Thomas

Co-Programmed and Co-Arranged by:
John Ashton Thomas
James McKee Smith
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Decca/Universal
(July 31st, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed the dynamic balance between orchestra and synthesizer in The Bourne Supremacy and especially appreciate the string ostinato for the chase sequences (and the varied percussion that drives it).

Avoid it... if you expect this third entry to take the trilogy of music in any clear direction, especially with only muddied and fragmented performances of the title theme on undermixed bassoon and overly melodramatic strings.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #433
WRITTEN 8/1/07
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The Bourne Ultimatum: (John Powell) Not much of the original storylines remain from the Robert Ludlum trilogy of novels about Jason Bourne, but the success of the Bourne film franchise thus far opens the door for further exploration of fresh scripts in even more sequels. The title character is still looking to uncover his past in The Bourne Ultimatum, with new governmental villains chasing him, and some former villains now aiding him. It could be argued that the franchise has disintegrated into a reliance on the tactic of immediately following one flashy chase with another, using director Paul Greengrass' jumpy camera techniques to artificially inflate audiences' blood pressures. Composer John Powell is one of the consistent crew members in the trilogy, utilizing a choppy and often frantic string and synthesizer approach to accompany the wildly gyrating camera angles. His score for the introductory film in 2002 was a wretched mess of electronic sampling gone terribly awry, but his more orchestrally dynamic development in the 2004 sequel produced a far more listenable effort. There was speculation at the time of The Bourne Supremacy that Powell was exploring a more sophisticated orchestral and synthetic balance, as well as better thematic development, as the title character came closer to revealing the nature of his identity. The musical formula for The Bourne Ultimatum would much the same as the previous film, though with alterations to the score's instrumental and thematic use that would seemingly negate the progress made in that Powell score. The ensemble stays largely the same, with strings and synthesizer leading varied brass, percussion, and a solo bassoon. The percussion section, however, is given a noticeable boost in diversity, presumably for the wide variety of locations in the film, leading to several cues of impressively authentic rhythms that avoid the pitfalls of the drum pad sound so familiar to these films. Thematically, however, Powell never provides significantly enjoyable development of the primary theme for Bourne in this entry, choosing instead to present the theme in understated fragments. The string ostinato "chase theme" receives its due amount of air time, though its use will be extremely familiar.

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What happens to the Opening?
Marcato - February 11, 2009, at 3:16 p.m.
1 comment  (1202 views)
Bourne Soundtracks
Edd - May 28, 2008, at 3:52 a.m.
1 comment  (2617 views)
Song at the end   Expand >>
Saleha - October 22, 2007, at 1:54 a.m.
2 comments  (2994 views)
Newest: September 30, 2008, at 2:44 a.m.by Marcato
"Tangiers" is by far the best track.   Expand >>
E.T. - September 7, 2007, at 1:24 a.m.
2 comments  (2324 views)
Newest: March 30, 2009, at 2:54 p.m.by Mark Malmstøm
Bourne Ultimatum
Chris Jojo - August 28, 2007, at 5:49 a.m.
1 comment  (1880 views)
A good soundtrack
Kratos - August 26, 2007, at 5:57 p.m.
1 comment  (1717 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:59
• 1. Six Weeks Ago (4:31)
• 2. Tangiers (7:40)
• 3. Thinking of Marie (3:51)
• 4. Assets and Targets (7:18)
• 5. Faces Without Names (3:31)
• 6. Waterloo (10:38)
• 7. Coming Home (3:19)
• 8. Man Verses Man (5:45)
• 9. Jason is Reborn (4:04)
• 10. Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum) - performed by Moby (4:22)

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