Along with the list (in the right sidebar) of movies I’ve watched and books I’ve read I want to try to provide at least a brief review of my impressions rather than just a thumbs-up or -down.  Over the Christmas break we watched two movies, each the third in their series:  Bourne Ultimatum and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Bourne Ultimatum

Bourne UltimatumBourne was as action-packed as ever.  Bourne films are somewhat unique among techno-action films because they have a nice mix of slick technology (on the “bad guys'” side) balanced against Bourne, who uses simple intelligence and everyday objects to outsmart his ennemies.

This third instalment in the Bourne series uses some of the same shaky camera action that made the second movie nearly unwatchable (I got sick to my stomach in that one) but not too much this time.

Fans of the Bourne movies should definitely watch this one.  If you haven’t watched the first two I think I’d recommend you see those first, though in theory this one could stand alone.  Fans of the books already know the first movie was only loosely related to the book, and this third, like the second, is not even remotely like any of the Bourne books besides the main character’s name.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

At World's EndConfusing!  Whew!  I still don’t know what happened.  Maybe because I was confused all the way through the second movie too.  Fun action, fun costumes, but all in all I’ve been rather disappointed with the second two Pirates movies.  And considering Pirates is supposedly a family-oriented Disney movie marketed at children I was appalled at the mass hangings they dwelled on in the opening scene.

I’m hovering between a “no thumb” rating or a “thumbs-down” on this one.