I fell in love with the character of Jason Bourne back in 2002 when THE BOURNE IDENTITY film first came out. The movie was so good, it prompted me to read Robert Ludlum’s excellent novel from 1980. I am still impressed with how well the screenplay captured the intensity and fun of the novel. Since 2002, three other Bourne films have been made, with the most recent, JASON BOURNE, debuting next week on physical media. I am happy to report the cinema series has managed to retain its entertainment value, even after fifteen years.
If you are not familiar with JASON BOURNE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. 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 operative drawn out of the shadows. Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.
JASON BOURNE picks up a few years after THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. Jason is making a living (or so it seems) as a pit fighter, a nomadic brawler who battles for money. But when Nicky Parsons contacts him from out of the blue with some illuminating new information about Treadstone, Jason is once again thrust into a world he is trying to forget.
JASON BOURNE is shot well and looks great onscreen. As with the rest of the series, the cinematography does an excellent job of capturing the foreign locales in which the action takes place. Combined with the HD 4K resolution, the film is staggeringly vibrant.
The acting is great, with Matt Damon once again reprising his role as the titular character. I love Damon’s onscreen presence, as he dominates every scene. He is joined by screen vets Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel, as well as newer faces like Alicia Vikander, who will portray Laura Croft in the 2018 release TOMB RAIDER. The whole cast meshes well and does a fine job.
The storyline in JASON BOURNE extends the existing Bourne canon and takes it in a new direction. I will admit it is a bit obvious as to where it leads and the big “reveal”, but the journey to get there is fun nonetheless. Damon and director Paul Greengrass always entertain when they team up, and this film is certainly no different.
JASON BOURNE is a win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. If you are new to the franchise, step back to THE BOURNE IDENTITY and watch the other three films before approaching this one; and if you’re already in-step, prepare for an intriguing ride once more. Nobody could play Bourne like Matt Damon, and I’m glad to see him back at it once again. I hope the series continues in one way or another…there’s still a lot of territory left that it could explore.
JASON BOURNE hits store shelves next Tuesday, so make a note.