Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed
Written By: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
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Jason Bourne is back! While The Bourne Legacy was an okay (filler) movie, the franchise just wasn’t the same without Matt Damon. Jason Bourne felt like the next chapter in a new trilogy and I’m really okay with that.
A decade after Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) exposed Blackbriar and recovering from his amnesia, he has isolated himself and staying off the grid. Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) is working with a hacktivist group who hack the CIA in order to expose their black ops programs. “It’s worst than Snowden.” She finds out some important info about Bourne and decides to tell him about it. Nicky’s hacking brings the attention of Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), the head of the CIA’s cyber ops division, and CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones). Bourne is back into the fold, whether or not he likes it or not. Hot on his trail is a ex-Blackbriar assassin (Vincent Cassel), who has a personal grudge towards Bourne.
I saw Jason Bourne in theaters because I saw the majority of them in theaters, except Bourne Legacy I believe. I really liked the movie, and not sure why it got such mixed reviews. Everybody is trying to compare Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum to the new one. Those are one of the best action thrillers ever so it’s tough to compete with that. Bourne Identity wasn’t the best in the trilogy but it needed to be told. I think the same can be said for Jason Bourne, it’s just the next chapter in the story. Some say it didn’t progress the story along but I disagree. He’s back into the fold now and in an updated, modern world. Plus, he’s still taking on the CIA and the US Government so I’m sure he just continues to open that can of worms.
I particularly liked the last part of the film when they end up in Las Vegas. That crazy car chase scene was just insane. It’s always cool to see how Jason Bourne interacts with people in all the places he visits. How does he blend in and not be seen. I guess wearing a baseball cap does the trick. Not sure what critics want in a new Bourne movie. He’s always on the run, that’s the whole premise of the franchise. I don’t know if I would want him back on the CIA’s payroll and doing jobs for them. I much rather him being rogue, in hiding and on the run. If this is being panned for same old same old, then another phrase comes to mind: if it’s not broken don’t fix it.
I was sent a 4k + Blu-Ray combo but since I can’t watch stuff in 4k yet I just watched everything in Blu-Ray. The video and sound looked and sounded great though. The Blu-ray featurettes include a featurette on bring back Matt Damon to the Bourne franchise, all the bare knuckle boxing & fighting in the movie, the stunt work in Athens, the Vegas convention and that crazy Vegas strip car chase. I was really curious how they pulled everything off in Vegas and I case they used Aria a lot with the chase, and the convention. They couldn’t shut down the entire casino and hotel so they had to work in certain sections at a time. The extra probably equal about a half hour or a little over. I wish they were longer but I’ll take what I can get.
Jason Bourne should please the fans of the franchise. It’s got great action scenes and just the fact that Damon is back as Bourne and Greengrass is directing should be celebrated. I’m hoping this is just the start of a new trilogy in the series because that’s what it feels like.
Bringing Back Matt Damon As Bourne
Close Quarters Combat
The Athens Escape
Shutting Down The Las Vegas Strip
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish DTS-HD MA 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Bottom Line: Bourne is back and I couldn’t be happier!
Running Time: 123 mins