Matt Damon returns in the title role of Jason Bourne in the action franchise’s third film based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. Also returning from the second film is director Paul Greengrass (United 93) whose handheld “shaky-cam” style some find riveting, others nauseating.

Ostensibly, the purpose of this style – in keeping with the aim of the franchise – is to lend a certain realism to the spy genre, which became bloated with the later Bond films. Apparently, in Greengrass’ reality, everyone has an inner ear problem.

No one can deny that the handheld camera does add a certain frantic immediacy to a scene, but when you begin to wonder if the guy filming the dialogue scene is drunk, well, that may point to some questionable directing. Perhaps the shakiness is easily stomached on the small screen.

Despite Greengrass’ stylistic indulgences, the film is very entertaining with one fight and/or chase scene after another. Joining Damon are Albert Finney, Joan Allen and David Strathairn, who elevates the typical role of bland government guy just by ordering from a menu.

Extras: deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary by Greengrass.

Grade: A-

The Bourne Ultimatum is currently available.