The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.
Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.
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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 »
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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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 »
Production on Bourne 5, the next installment of the action thriller franchise that began with The Bourne Identity in 2002, is currently underway. The story of the titular character, a former covert operative named Jason Bourne, seemed to end in 2007, though the universe was expanded with The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner in 2012.
But now Matt Damon is back in the role for another round, along with The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, and he’s divulged some more Bourne 5 story details for fans to absorb. Read More »
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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Jack Black has signed on to star in what is being described as a comic take on The Bourne Identity scripted by Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Black will play an American who washes up on the shores of Cuba with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He comes to the inaccurate conclusion that he must be a superspy like Jason Bourne. Aibel and Berger (King of the Hill, Monsters vs. Aliens) sold the pitch to Universal for seven figures.
The concept sounds slightly appealing, but will probably result in another unwatchable Jack Black comedy. I can just imagine Black runnign around the screen now trying to kick ass Bourne style, completely missing at every step, but somehow things work out for him in the end. Yawn.