Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on the characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.


What We Thought: 

Jason Bourne is a perfectly fine film that fans will enjoy. It’s slow at first, but it is saved by the ending.

Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne, former super agent still trying to unravel his past. This film is a continued storyline from The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner has no connection and we should totally forget about that film altogether.

Julia Stiles also returns as Nicky, Bourne’s unofficial assistant. The latest film adds Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel.

I like the Bourne franchise. Because of that, I have some issues with this new film. The first 3 films were based on books by Robert Ludlum. This film has no original source material (that I know of) so it feels more like a rehashed version of the second and third films. There are story angles and scenes that feel identical to previous films. A major character dies quickly. Tommy Lee Jones is pretty much replacing Brian Cox’s character or even Joan Allen or Chris Cooper. Vikander is a mix of early Stiles with Joan Allen. And Vincent Cassel is Clive Owen or Karl Urban.

Bourne travels around Europe and ends up in London. Then when more of the truth comes out, he finds himself in the States again this time in Las Vegas. We’ve seen all that before so I was disappointed that there wasn’t anything new after a 9 year hiatus.

I will say that once it got to Las Vegas the film got really good. Vegas forward saved the film from being mediocre to a decent Bourne flick. There’s some good action and a great car chase. The franchise is known for its chase scenes.

It’s funny, Matt Damon looked like he got back into ridiculous shape to play the character yet for most of it, he doesn’t do much fighting. There’s a few fighting sequences, but nothing crazy like the first films. There’s no jumping through windows or punching guys with books or anything like that. The character, like Damon, has aged, but he still plays Bourne well.

For a film we’ve waited almost a decade for, Jason Bourne should be better. There’s nothing exactly wrong with it besides being heavily influenced by the two films Paul Greengrass directed, but I guess I’m disappointed overall. I’ve seen the original trilogy many, many times and I was looking forward to this. The Las Vegas scenes helped a lot, but I still wanted more. I do expect a follow-up film, but sooner rather than later.


Cast & Crew: 

  • Matt Damon
  • Julia Stiles
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Alicia Vikander
  • Vincent Cassel

Recommended If You Like:

  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum¬†

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