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At least Matt Damon is back, right? That may be a common sentiment from anyone who followed along with the Bourne franchise. The first trilogy of films – The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum – make up an impressively intense series of espionage thrillers with Damon's eponymous character riding high in the lead seat. With The Bourne Legacy, Damon chose not to return, Jeremy Renner took his place, and the stale, lackluster adventure that time around made it seem like the franchise's shining moments were long behind it. It's now 14 years since the initial entry, and though Jason Bourne sees Damon returning for his fourth outing as the rogue super-spy the bloom hasn't quite grown back on the rose leaving us with a dulled, run-of-the-mill version of a series that once actually brushed against the limits of cool cinema. You don't have to be following closely with the series to know where »
- Jeremy Kirk
Back in 2002, the perfect anti-hero for the new millennium came along in the form of a CIA ops renegade who lost his memory and went on the lam. The Bourne Identity became a hit action franchise, perfect for the times. It spawned several follow-ups including, as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which not only was the most critically acclaimed and best of the series but also won three Oscars. But it has been almost a… »
Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.
The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.
Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.
Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.
Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”
Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.
- Dave McNary
Coinciding with Matt Damon’s return to the franchise for Jason Bourne [read our review here], Screen Junkies has debuted the latest Honest Trailer, which revisits the original trilogy of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I guess, like everyone else, they either forgot about The Bourne Legacy, or just thought it was pointless…
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Jason Bourne is out now and reunites Matt Damon with Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Julia Stiles is also back alongside new additions Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Trance), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies).
- Gary Collinson
Matt Damon re-teams with director Paul Greengrass to revitalize the Bourne franchise with Jason Bourne. After Damon starred as amnesiac ex-cia assassin Jason Bourne in the first three films and Greengrass directed the second and third films, both skipped the fourth one. For this fifth film, director Greengrass adds little touches to bring back some flavor of Doug Liman’s original The Bourne Identity, starting (and finishing) with some of the music and including signature chases down narrow streets, but the new film then adds a real-world touch with a story built around government surveillance and hackers exposing them. It is fun but standard action film stuff, but it is an improvement on the last Bourne film and should satisfy fans eager to see Damon back as Bourne.
Bourne (Damon) is older, and looks like he’s had a tough life – which he has. In hiding and off the grid, »
- Cate Marquis
Today sees the release of the 4th (or 5th, if you count The Bourne Legacy) film in the Jason Bourne series, once again reuniting director Paul Greengrass with star Matt Damon. However, it's easy to forget that the series started with Damon and director Doug Liman (Go, Edge Of Tomorrow) with The Bourne Identity, which kicked off the franchise and led us to where we are today. And, however good that... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Trilogy Takedown of the Day: With Jason Bourne out this weekend, Honest Trailers pummels the first three Bourne movies (and jokes about forgetting there's a fourth): Movie Comparison of the Day: And also in honor of the new Bourne, Couch Tomato gives 24 reasons why The Bourne Identity is the same movie as The Long Kiss Goodnight: Vintage Image of the Day: Babyfaced Matt Damon and director Doug Liman go over a scene for 2002's The Bourne Identity: Reimagined Movie of the Day: What if Quentin Tarantino directed Suicide Squad and it was filled with his iconic characters instead of DC...
- Christopher Campbell
Bourne is back. After his nine-year hiatus, Matt Damon's Jason Bourne landed back on the big screen Thursday night, earning $4.2 million in previews. Also opening this weekend, Stx's comedy Bad Moms earned $2 million in Thursday previews. Universal's Jason Bourne reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass, who worked on three other Bourne films together: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). (Jeremy Renner starred in the fourth film of the franchise, The Bourne Legacy, in 2012.) The $120 million action sequel is tracking to earn in the $50-$60 million
- Rebecca Ford
Just in time for the release of “Jason Bourne,” the fourth Matt Damon-starring film in the “Bourne” franchise, Screen Junkies has released the Honest Trailer for The Bourne Trilogy. Consisting of “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” the video pokes fun at the “badass assassin with the skills of Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ but with the brain of Dory in ‘Finding Nemo.’”
The trailer notes that “the kid from ‘Good Will Hunting’ can kick some serious ass” and adds that he “makes James Bond look really, really old.”
Read More: ‘Jason Bourne’ Review: A Useless Sequel Makes the Case For Its Own Irrelevance
Making fun of the movies’ sound effects, camera work and Bourne’s signature move, “the ol ‘Come alone,'” the video essentially concludes that all three films are basically the same. “Bourne tries to figure out who he is, has a cool »
- Liz Calvario
Almost every A-list actor seems to have a franchise these days. In the case of Matt Damon, his is the Bourne series, of which he’s starred in three of the four outings (only missing The Bourne Legacy). On Friday, Bourne is back in Jason Bourne, with Damon back as well, alongside filmmaker Paul Greengrass. After a successful trilogy for Damon in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, he and Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, left for other interests. They’re in the fold again though, making this a summer action blockbuster that’s been hotly anticipated. Saw the film earlier this week and while I wasn’t blown away, I suspect fans of the franchise will be satisfied. Jason Bourne is made for them, after all. The movie is a continuation of the franchise, with Jason Bourne (Damon) living off the grid and mostly »
- Joey Magidson
Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As “Jason Bourne” bounds back to theaters this Friday, audiences can expect the usual gritty violence and explosive action that Matt Damon has brought to three previous films in nearly 15 years. But will the franchise about a human assassin adopt a popular habit of the superhero genre, a post-credits scene that teases a continuation of the story? In short, Bourne fans — no. Also Read: Does 'Star Trek Beyond' Have a Post-Credits Scene? Greengrass’ third outing with Damon (the first movie, “The Bourne Identity,” was directed by Doug Liman) wraps up as the previous ones have. Post-credit scenes can be deployed to great effect, »
- Matt Donnelly
Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.
If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.
Year of Mission: 2002
Mission Cost: $60 million
Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide
Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »
- Scott Davis
Note to Hollywood: July 4th was weeks ago, so screw you for making us wait so long for the real-deal action-movie fireworks. They show up big time in Jason Bourne, that rare summer thrill ride that doesn't sell out to stupid. After nine years, Matt Damon returns to the role of the amnesiac assassin that made him an icon in 2002's The Bourne Identity, 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon and Paul Greengrass, who directed the hell out of the last two Bourne epics — not including the 2012's The Bourne Legacy, »
With Jason Bourne opening tomorrow, Fandango has released an ultimate franchise trailer that features footage from the upcoming action sequel as well as Matt Damon’s previous instalments The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum; check it out here…
See Also: Read our ★★★★★ review of Jason Bourne here
Jason Bourne is set for release on July 27th in the UK and on July 29th in the States and reunites Matt Damon with Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Julia Stiles is also back alongside new additions Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Trance), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies).
- Amie Cranswick
The original Bourne trilogy movies (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) are quite noteworthy for a number of different reasons. First and foremost, it solidified Matt Damon as a bona fide movie star, who could open a big budget film on his own, while showcasing the action movie chops no one knew he had. It's also one of the rare movie trilogies to show big improvement each time out at the domestic box office, with The Bourne Identity earning $121.6 million, followed by The Bourne Supremacy's $176.2 million and The Bourne Ultimatum's $227 million. Despite all of this success, it took nine years for Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to finally bring this action icon back to the big screen with Jason Bourne, and, thankfully, it was well worth the wait.
No matter how successful the previous entry was, a lengthy wait between movies doesn't often bode well for some franchises. »
Everything looks great on paper here: Damon’s brawny presence; the smartly staged action, etc. And it’s not unfun. But it feels less black ops than old hat. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of the Bourne series
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon racing around the world and beating people up as brainwashed assassin Jason Bourne… and the weight of those interim years rests heavily upon this fourth installment. Oh, it’s not that Damon (The Martian, Interstellar), now 46 years old, isn’t up to the physical demands of the role. In fact, his Bourne is significantly beefier here: bigger, more intimidating, just plain more dangerous in an all-muscle kind of way. (Bourne appears to have been scraping out a meager living since we last saw him »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There’s just a few days left until Jason Bourne hits theaters. That means you’re running out of time to catch up on the film franchise that began all the way back in 2002 with The Bourne Identity and appeared to conclude with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. So if for some reason you’re desperate to […]
The post Votd: Matt Damon Recaps the Entire Bourne Film Franchise in Just 90 Seconds appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Paul Greengrass and his star have upped the tech and chucked in references to Snowden, but it’s basic Bourne that remains most persuasive
Here it is: Matt Damon’s fourth and not necessarily final outing as the CIA’s amnesiac super-assassin gone rogue, Jason Bourne. That’s after The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and not counting franchise spinoff The Bourne Legacy (2012) in which Bourne himself did not actually appear.
This latest iteration reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass who as ever shows his mastery of muscular, deafening, frenetically edited action sequences - the visual equivalent of a drum-roll. Greengrass, who has co-written the film with his editor Christopher Rouse, whisks us to cities all over the world and the drama here culminates in an eye-poppingly spectacular finale in Las Vegas, whose skyline is dominated by the Trump hotel.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Call it a rebirth: Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne in the franchise’s tough, “this time it’s personal” fifth installment, titled, simply enough, “Jason Bourne.” To the extent that the entire Bourne series hinges on the notion of an amnesiac action hero — one who remembers how to kill with his bare hands but draws blanks on key details about his past — this explosive reunion between Damon and director Paul Greengrass further reveals key secrets about Bourne’s origins, bringing its lethal protagonist as close as he’s ever likely to get to total recall.
Mostly, the project marks a return to what worked about the franchise — namely, Damon — suggesting the relief of watching Sean Connery step back into Bond’s shoes after producers tried to replace him with a suave male model in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Meanwhile, audiences are expected to forget both “The Bourne Legacy, »
- Peter Debruge
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