This past weekend brought Jason Bourne to theaters after being away for nearly a decade. The sequel hasn’t fared too well with critics, earning a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences turned out enough this weekend to take it to the top of the box office. Still, it’s hard to deny that Jason Bourne doesn’t exactly deliver as high of quality storytelling in the spy thriller arena as the three predecessors starring Matt Damon.
However, as you probably noticed, Jason Bourne definitely hit all the same notes as each of the chapters in the Bourne trilogy, which all involved Matt Damon learning a little more about his character, getting in a cool car chase, and finding out that the person in charge of finding him is just a puppet for something larger. At least, that’s how the Bourne trilogy Honest Trailer breaks it down, complete with an apt comparison to a Pixar favorite. Watch below! Read More »
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It’s been almost a decade since the saga of Matt Damon‘s amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne came to an apparent end. In fact, the door was so firmly closed on this story that Universal tried to spin off another character to keep the series going with The Bourne Legacy. That didn’t work as planned and now the original Bourne is back, with director Paul Greengrass back at the helm.
And let’s face it: there’s a whole lot going on in these movies, it’s been a long time since they were in theaters, and you may be a little rusty with the details as you prepare to settle in for Jason Bourne this weekend. We’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to remember from the original Bourne movies.
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There’s just a few days left until Jason Bourne hits theaters. That means you’re running out of time to catch up on the film franchise that began all the way back in 2002 with The Bourne Identity and appeared to conclude with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. So if for some reason you’re desperate to see this movie on opening weekend, you don’t have time to sit through three movies that run about two hours each, then we have good news.
Matt Damon has made it possible for you to recap the entire Bourne film franchise in just 90 seconds. Unlike the recent recap video we posted which accomplishes the same in about three minutes, this recap doesn’t bother to include the spin-off The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. Honestly, you’d be better off doing the same thing.
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Next week marks the return of Matt Damon as the forgetful assassin named David Webb, although everyone knows him better as Jason Bourne. Though the actor and director Paul Greengrass appeared to be done with the franchise for good after The Bourne Ultimatum, the lackluster spin-off The Bourne Legacy had Universal clamoring to get them both back in an effort to keep the franchise alive. But since it’s been nearly 10 years since the last movie starring Matt Damon hit theaters, you might need a refresher on everything that’s happened since the whole franchise started.
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One of the most disappointing elements of The Bourne Legacy was its score (Germain was a fan of the film overall, but I was not). John Powell had created such a rich, unique sound in the first three Bourne films and it was sad for me to see James Newton Howard deliver a lackluster soundtrack (and even more sad that that was probably one of the least of the film’s problems).
I decided to take a look back and see if the scores still held up. Below the jump, you’ll find a brief audio retrospective on John Powell’s work in this series of films. Questions/comments/agreements/disagreements? Leave them below or shoot me an email at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail.com.
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Yeah yeah, we all wanted another killer gaping orifice movie. Celebrated director David Cronenberg is in talks to helm The Matarese Circle, a global conspiracy thriller based on the 1979 book by the late author Robert Ludlum (the Bourne franchise). Denzel Washington is already attached to play one of the leads in the MGM production, with an adapted screenplay to be written by the duo Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, Wanted 2, CTK).
Set during the Cold War, the novel follows two rival spies—one U.S./CIA, the other a Soviet/KGB—who team to uncover and defeat a ruthless Illuminati-like organization called the Matarese that’s behind a century-old conspiracy to crush world governments. There’s also a “mysterious love interest.” Okay, this is where I’ll begin pasting…
“The spies share a genius for espionage—and a life of terror and explosive violence. Sworn enemies, they have vowed to terminate each other—yet now they must become allies.”
Though his name is not mentioned in the announcement or attached to the film, Cronenberg fave, Viggo Mortensen, told E! last month that they were discussing a possible third feature together. Is this it? Washington is signed to play the American, while an actor in the Soviet role was not given. In 2007’s Eastern Promises, Mortensen memorably played a Russian gangster/informant, which earned him an Oscar nod.
Though The Matarese Circle is poised from the get-go to reach a different box office level than Cronenberg’s previous works, it continues the director’s path away from hardcore genre classics like Videodrome, Scanners, Crash and The Fly. Over at CHUD, Devin pours out a bit of 40 oz. for those glory days, and even though seeing Cronenberg explore Alex Jones‘s territory could be appealing, I dunno. I mean, did Denzel watch Dead Ringers and quip “my man“?
Discuss: Cronenberg’s Bourne? Thoughts from those who have read the book?
Uhhh: First Showing’s Alex Billington says he didn’t like A History of Violence or Eastern Promises and feels Cronenberg has fallen off. Enjoy Kirk Cameron’s filmography, Alex.
Source: Variety / Amazon