Film Review by Clayton Barnett
Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Strap yourself in, Bourne is back and playing all the hits we love: epic car chases, suspenseful set pieces and brutal fistfights.
Matt Damon was only going to come back to the Bourne franchise if Paul Greengrass was on board, and thankfully Paul agreed – probably to set right what went wrong with Bourne Legacy. And in a world of Snowden and Wikileaks it’s take on Government abuses of privacy is just as relevant today as when the franchise launched in 2002. It revolutionised action movies with it’s tough realism (Bond certainly took note), and with a total box office haul of US $1.2 billion another sequel was never far off.
It’s been almost ten years since Matt’s last outing and damn he’s in good shape for a 45 year-old. And Matt is totally kicking ass again, from the fight clubs to hooning around the back streets of Athens on a motorbike. Seriously the action scenes in this are insane, the final car chase scene in Vegas is one of the most elaborate put to screen - 170 cars were destroyed!
Newcomers to the franchise inject some vitality, non-more so than it-girl and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). She’s a far better CIA character than all the old hands they drag out – just like Tommy Lee Jones – and will serve the series well if future sequels play out. I’ve always had a lot of time for Vincent Cassell (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Black Swan) and he proves an equal and entertaining adversary for Bourne here.
Paul Greengrass’ Oscar-winning post-production team return as well - they won gongs for Best Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for The Bourne Ultimatum – and their distinctive pace and sound helps ratchet up the tension again here.
A thrilling ride that reminds us why we know - and love - Jason Bourne, he’s a man of action with the brains to match. Welcome back, we’ve missed you.
Releases: 28th July 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 123 minutes
Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander
Director: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, Green Zone, The Bourne Ultimatum)
The ExtrasFirst Bourne film where Tony Gilroy isn't involved in and won't be writing the script.
Since part of the story takes place in Athens, Greece, the producers asked the Greek Government for permission to shoot the film in the actual location. Due to high taxes and bureaucracy this never happened. Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, doubles as Athens in the movie.
Jeremy Renner's character, Aaron Cross, will not be in this new Bourne film, but he will have his sequel in 2018.
Matt Damon refused to voice Jason Bourne in the video game The Bourne Conspiracy (2008) due to its excessive violence, which means that this is the first time he's played Bourne since The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
First Bourne film to not have the franchise's trademark title format of The Bourne ____. This film is instead called Jason Bourne rather than its originally rumored title The Bourne Betrayal.
YouTube channel CinemaSins wrote an open letter to Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon about how they should make another Bourne movie.
Co-writer, executive producer and editor of "Jason Bourne", Christopher Rouse, had previously worked as an editor for "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum".
The trailer premiered during Super Bowl 50.
Jeremy Renner's Bourne movie was supposed to have the release date of July 2016 with Justin Lin directing, but after Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass said they were going to make another film, they took this release date as fans would prefer to see the return of Jason Bourne. Renner's Bourne movie will happen somewhere around 2018 or 2020.
The films title "Jason Bourne" was announced on February 7th, 2016, the same day its first teaser trailer came out
On July 23 2016, shortly before the British release, MSN.com uploaded a slideshow piece titled "'It's embarrassing': Actors who hate their own movies", accompanied by a picture of Matt Damon. Although this gave the impression that Damon had distanced himself from Jason Bourne (2016), on inspection the quote attributed to him was in fact in relation to an early draft of the script for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007): "I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude [i.e. writer Tony Gilroy]. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing."
City officials and the producers reached an agreement to only shoot the Las Vegas car chase sequence from midnight to sunrise.