Today, Ann (my mother-in-law) watched Will for a couple of hours so that Malin and I could go see a movie. It was our way of celebrating Malin’s birthday (she turned 29 yesterday).

Malin knew what movie she wanted to see weeks ago: The Bourne Ultimatum.

The movie was very good. It did an awesome job of picking up exactly where the last movie left off. It even beautifully incorporated the previous movie’s final scene – which looked to be some sort of resolution until you see the events in the context of this film.

It maintained the fantastic action pace of the previous two (complete with thrilling car chases and Houdini-like escapes from the antagonists) while still showing an excellent plot that does a great job of slowly revealing the pieces. In the end, just like in the previous movie, all the pieces fall into place perfectly. There was one thing Malin and I were expecting from the last scene that wasn’t delivered – but I’m afraid I can’t divulge that info without potentially spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it (send me an e-mail if you want to discuss).

I also like the soundtrack to the movies more and more. The musical themes presented in the first two are kept in the third installment. They do a great job of conveying the tension and drive of the characters while at the same time adding some mystique and interest to the whole experience.

If you’ve seen and enjoyed the first two Bourne films, the third is not likely to disappoint.

While leaving the theater, Malin had a great idea for movie marketing: why not co-release the DVD and the film, but only make the DVD available to those that see it in the theater for the first few months? If the movie is good, then many people will be willing to buy the DVD because they’re still “high” on the movie. Malin and I would have definitely been willing to purchase the DVD on the spot as we exited the theater. Since the DVD was not thusly available, we will be acquiring it whenever it is finally released.