Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Matt Damon Returns To Play 'Jason Bourne'

By Darlene Donloe

Matt Damon is back!  Jason Bourne is back!  Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne!  Life is good!

Hip Hip Hooray!

The last Bourne film was four years ago and starred Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy.  There’s nothing wrong with Renner. It’s just that Damon owns the Jason Bourne character.

It’s that stoic, stern look, that I-gotta-get-there stride, that deadly fighting style and that undeniable likeability and charisma. And, more importantly, there’s Bourne – the man of very few words!  Very few words!

On July 29, the iconic Jason Bourne, the CIA’s most lethal former operative, returns with lots of action and intrigue.

First there was 2002’s The Bourne Identity, then came 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy and then 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.  There was also 2012’s The Bourne Legacy (which did NOT star Damon). Now we have Jason Bourne.

With any Bourne film you know exactly what you’re going to get. They are going to come close to cornering him – but to no avail.   There are enormous and exciting fight scenes and heart-pounding car chases.  

This movie doesn’t disappoint!  It’s the perfect summer flick – full of fireworks.

This time around Bourne finds out who killed his father and why!  It’s an eye-opening scenario that puts Bourne on his heels.

Who can he trust?  Should he go back in?

If you know Jason Bourne, you know he trust no one – and for good reason.

Although it’s been 14 years since the character first became a fan favorite, Jason Bourne hasn’t missed a stride – and neither has Matt Damon.

It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. And he is still as badass as ever.

In an effort to draw Bourne into the open, CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) is also looking for him. Lee uses the scariest cyber tactics in which to find Bourne. It proves that Big Brother is watching and knows a bit too much about your daily moves. And, she’s right. Nicky has some important information for Bourne that will give him the answers he’s been looking for. Bourne and Nicky learn that Dewey is secretly developing his own shadow government with the help of tech guru. The results, of which, could be catastrophic. As Lee begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling some of the very people that made him who he is today.

In his attempt to save the world, Bourne, once again, makes his way around the world as he systematically tries to figure out what is going on. There’s Athens, Berlin, London and, of course, ending up in the states, notably Vegas where he has a spectacular car chase on the strip. While Bourne is in the midst of doing his part for humanity, he is being targeted by an assassin known only as the Asset, played aptly by Vincent Cassel. 

To be honest, there isn’t anything new in the film. There isn’t anything we haven’t seen in the previous efforts.  This is classic Bourne. He’s back and ready to safeguard the brand.

Jason Bourne stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones. It is directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Series, Captain Philips) and produced by Matt Damon, Gregory Goodman (X-Men: First Class, Captain Phillips, 8 Mile), Paul Greengrass, Frank Marshall (Back to the Future, The Sixth Sense, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). It’s written by Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Identity), Christopher Rouse (The Bourne Series, The Italian Job).

JASON BOURNE: RATED PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (need work), L (likeable), O (oh, yeah), E (excellent), JASON BOURNE gets an O (oh, yeah)


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