Jason Bourne is a heartbreaking movie. In a summer filled with sequels that have let audiences down, in a year where so many franchise films have failed to justify their existences beyond the margins of an accountant’s logs, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were supposed to return to this series and remind everyone of how it’s done.
Jason Bourne is fine. It’s no disaster. It’s no debacle. Individual scenes and performances work. However, in its best moments, all it serves to do is remind you of just how good the original three movies were and how this one can’t quite capture that same energy. Instead, it falls back on familiarity and cliche, which is the most tragic thing you can say about a series that reinvented the espionage thriller well over a decade ago.
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Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum brought Jason Bourne’s saga to a tidy conclusion, but left the door open for a potential return just in case. Nine years later, Universal has finally convinced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to fling that door open and reveal exactly what our favorite amnesiac spy has been up to. The answer? Brooding, boxing, and still not knowing a whole lot about his past.
The film is clearly intended a course correction after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which tried to replace Jason Bourne with a new hero played by Jeremy Renner. Jason Bourne was going to restore the franchise to its former glory, by reuniting two of the men that had mad the original trilogy so beloved. At the same time, the changing times would thrust Bourne into “an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world,” as Damon put it. So, did the reunion of Greengrass and Damon do the trick? Is Jason Bourne a thrilling first chapter, or a limp, belated epilogue? Join us after the jump to let us know what you thought, but be warned that MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead and in the comments. Read More »
I’m a die-hard Bourne film fan. I’ve watched Matt Damon’s Bourne films more than 15 times collectively. I’ve listened to John Powell‘s scores for each more than 100 times. I was disappointed when the Damon / Paul Greengrass combo didn’t return for Legacy, but I always held out hope that if they did ever come back, it would be because they had a compelling adventure in store for us.
This weekend, nine years after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne hits theaters and it is, by far, the weakest of Damon’s Bourne films. Not only does it bring nothing new to the table for the franchise, but the film just feels like a shambling corpse of its former self. Continue after the jump to read my Jason Bourne review.
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Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise with Jason Bourne, but is it as good as the previous trilogy of films based on Robert Ludlum‘s novels? Hit the jump to read some selected spoiler-free excerpts from the first reviews and find out if Jason Bourne is worth seeing this week in theaters.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Bourne Ultimatum was like a fairy tale ending. The film seemingly tied up every loose end in the saga of amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne in the most satisfying way possible. It was a box office smash and a critical success. It won three Academy Awards. It didn’t matter that star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass said they were officially retired from the Bourne business. We had three excellent movies and everyone went home happy.
But things change. The lingering creatives make ill-fated spin-offs like The Bourne Legacy. Actors and directors decide that maybe, just maybe, they should return to their most popular character after all. And then the heads of major movie studios make it clear that they’d like to see more Jason Bourne movies as long as Damon and Greengrass draw breath.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
This weekend marks the premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory, a heartwarmer about a friendly fish who sets out to rediscover her forgotten past. But if you prefer your amnesiac heroes a little grittier and angrier, just wait a few more weeks for the opening of Jason Bourne, which brings back Matt Damon as the super-skilled spy. Twelve years have passed since the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, but that hiatus doesn’t seem to have mellowed him out one bit. If anything, the new Jason Bourne spot suggests, he’s only gotten more intense.
To be fair, Jason Bourne has plenty of reason to be upset. In the latest preview, Jason Bourne yells some spoiler-y stuff about the motives that got him into this whole mess to begin with, which may or may not turn out to have been built on lies.
Returning with Damon to the franchise is Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third Bourne movies, and Julia Stiles, who starred opposite Damon in earlier installments. Newcomers to the series include Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Ato Essandoh, and Vincent Cassel. Watch the Jason Bourne spot below. Read More »
We haven’t seen Matt Damon play Jason Bourne in almost nine years, but time doesn’t seem to have slowed him down, based on the trailers and featurettes we’ve seen for director Paul Greengrass‘ Jason Bourne. Whether Damon would return to arguably his most famous role was a question mark for many years, but after Greengrass had committed to the sequel, the actor signed up.
The plot details for the latest Bourne adventure have been slightly vague, but the newest Jason Bourne TV spot pretty much comes right out and says what the film is about. Below, watch the new Jason Bourne TV spot.
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It doesn’t feel like it’s been 14 years since Matt Damon hit the big screen as Jason Bourne in the action thriller The Bourne Identity. For Matt Damon, his journey with the character began a couple years earlier since production on the franchise, based on a series of books by Robert Ludlum, began in 2000. Now Bourne is being called back into action in a world that is tearing itself apart.
In a new Jason Bourne featurette, Matt Damon says he’s always been asked when the next Jason Bourne movie would happen, even after he seemingly completed his turn as the character with The Bourne Ultimatum back in 2007. Now we get to see how Jason Bourne coped with the answers he received about his past across three movies, but there are still secrets he doesn’t know. Watch the Jason Bourne featurette below. Read More »
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Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Up until now, Bourne 5 has been almost as big a mystery as its amnesiac hero. We’ve known it would feature the return of Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, as well as the return of Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass to the director’s chair, but not it would look like, or what the plot would be, or even what it would be called.
But that all changed during Super Bowl 50. Universal unveiled the first look at the next chapter in the Bourne series, and even gave it a brand-new title: Jason Bourne. Watch the Jason Bourne Super Bowl spot after the jump. Read More »