‘Jason Bourne’

By on August 3, 2016

Franchise reboots with familiar face

Jason Bourne is back … for real this time.* After a one-movie hiatus, Matt Damon is back into the spy/thriller franchise. It seems the masses wanted it this way, since the movie brought in a massive $60 million over opening weekend.

After a lengthy set of flashbacks we find Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles, TV’s “Dexter”) hacking the CIA database. She’s stealing top-secret, government black ops files, and finds documents linking Bourne’s father to the program that created the super killing-machine. It turns out Bourne’s father is deeply rooted in the program, and once Bourne learns of this from Parsons he vows to discover more. Soon, our hero is forced to evade the man mysteriously known as Asset (Vincent Cassel, “Black Swan”), who is secretly run by CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones). Using the stolen files, Bourne learns of new black ops missions that could eventually threaten the security of the United States. But, before he could finish examining the files, CIA computer specialist and Dewey’s apparent successor Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) hacks into the drive and deletes all of the evidence. However, a semi-trusting relationship begins to form between the two who are supposedly on opposite sides. Like all good spy movies, sometimes it is hard to see who is on the good side and who is on the bad side.

Just like the rest of the Bourne flicks, “Jason Bourne” is packed with sometimes absolutely incredible and completely unbelievable action. The obligatory car chase features a number of Las Vegas’ finest, a Dodge Charger, and a stolen, armored SWAT truck. At one point, the tactical vehicle crashes through an entire row of cars sitting at a red light. Ultimately both vehicles end up inside a casino.

Overall, I liked “Jason Bourne.” It was good to see the character back, and Damon does his usual good job at playing an action star. I like Alicia Vikander a lot, and it almost felt she was underutilized for as big of a role as her character plays in the story. Summer is winding down, so if you want to squeeze in another big budget, action blockbuster, check out this movie.

Matt Damon returns in the title role of “Jason Bourne,” now in theaters.

Matt Damon returns in the title role of “Jason Bourne,” now in theaters.

‘The Bourne Legacy’

For those who haven’t followed the Bourne franchise, here’s a quick update. In 2012, viewers were introduced to Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner, “Avengers”) in “The Bourne Legacy.” In a separate storyline, which crosses timelines with the film “Bourne Ultimatum,” Cross is the product of another black op called Outcome.

The Bourne franchise is based on novels by Robert Ludlum, whose 27 novels have sold more than 290 million copies. Cross never appears in Ludlum’s books. Many fans of the novels do not accept the character. I say the more the merrier; the Bourne franchise is fun! And there is more to the stories on the way.

Justin Lin, director of three Fast & Furious movies and “Star Trek Beyond,” which is in theatres now and not performing to expectations, will take the helm of the untitled Jeremy Renner/Bourne sequel. No release date has been set.

There is not yet another Damon/Bourne movie in the works, but the end of “Jason Bourne” sure does leave an opening for a linked movie. Stay tuned!

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