Movie Soundtrack

The Bourne Ultimatum

Composed by: John Powell

Produced by: Decca Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In this, the third installment of a series of movies loosely based upon the Bourne novels by Robert Ludlum, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has lost his memory and the woman he loved.  He is still on the run from the people who made him the highly trained killer he is.  In an effort to hunt down his past and thus begin a new future, Jason travels from Moscow, Paris and London to Tangiers and New York City, searching for the real Jason Bourne while ducking the numerous assassins threatening his life.  The Bourne Ultimatum is an action-packed, danger-filled movie deserving of an equally thrilling soundtrack.  To achieve this goal, Universal Pictures turned to John Powell.

            John Powell is a British composer with a vast history in a variety of musical genre.  Since moving to the United States in 1997, Powell has been called upon to create soundtracks for numerous action films, such as Face/Off, The Italian Job, and X-Men: The Last Stand.  Having created the soundtracks for the first two movies in this series, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, John Powell was a natural choice to compose the soundtrack for The Bourne Ultimatum.

            The soundtrack begins with the track Six Weeks Ago, in which string instruments are used to create an underlying tone of sadness that gives way to a racy action/adventure sound as the violinists pick up the pace.  The track ends ominously leading into the second track Tangiers, an exotic and exciting track with an underlying sense of danger.  This is followed by Thinking of Marie, a piece that perfectly demonstrates Bourne’s feeling of loss and despair at his lover Marie’s death.  Most of the tracks that comprise The Bourne Ultimatum Soundtrack are fast-paced, giving the listener a sense of action and urgency as Jason Bourne struggles to evade his attackers while uncovering the mysteries of his past.  The final track, Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Ultimatum) is a newer version of the end-title song used in the first two Bourne installments.  Performed by the artist, Moby, Extreme Ways finds new life in a somewhat different mix.

            Overall, The Bourne Ultimatum Soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to the movie it was scored for.  John Powell did an excellent job in composing a soundtrack that was equally as exciting and adventurous as the movie itself.  Each track tells a portion of the story and perfectly illustrates the emotions of Jason Bourne as he travels through the adventure that is The Bourne Ultimatum.



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