Movie Review: ‘Jason Bourne’

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne which officially released in the United States today, July 29, 2016.  Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

I attended a packed pre-screening for this movie and Bourne fans will not likely be disappointed. Though not the best of the Bourne series, it is good. An old nemesis of Bourne re-emerges, Tommy Lee Jones [CIA Director Robert Dewey] has more than one agenda and the lovely Alicia Vikander [Heather Lee] joins the cast with her own agenda as well. It is also interesting to see a return by Julia Stiles [Nicky Parsons] who sympathizes with Bourne once again in this latest release. The movie is full of action sequences and a half-descent storyline.

The movie begins with a scene right out of Fight Club where Bourne is “off the grid” and in pretty good shape for a 45-year-old. But he cannot evade his past forever as the CIA attempts to close in on him once again. Much like the Bond series, how many times can they continue the story? I suppose so long as the cash register continues to ring.

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For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.  Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce.  Based on the characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.

Overall, the movie is well worth seeing and even if you haven’t seen the prior Bourne movies, you will not be lost — though seeing the prior version is helpful to get the full story surrounding this latest in the series. So load up that Netflix and get your Jason Bourne fix in before heading out to the theaters this weekend.

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