Soundtrack Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Composer: John Powell
Running Time: 55 min.
Released: 2007



Scoring for the third and final installment of the hit espionage trilogy, John Powell capitalizes on the tension he created for the previous film’s soundtrack, The Bourne Supremacy. Deft blending of electronics and traditional orchestra has always been one Powell’s trademarks, and it’s easily recognizable in his music for The Bourne Ultimatum. There isn’t much in the way of new themes, but the manner in which old ones are reworked is a fascinating study in and of itself.

Six Weeks Ago serves as the opening cue, and explodes into orchestral magnificence around the one minute mark. Tangiers features an engaging array of drums, flutes, strings and horns, and tension reaches a peak in Assets and Targets, a dynamic bit of action music that coincides with one of the most exciting scenes in the movie. Man Versus Man renders a superb sense of impending confrontation, while Jason Reborn is fittingly dramatic as the closing piece. The album also features an updated version of Moby’s Extreme Ways: it’s not as good as the original, but it’s still fun to listen to.

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