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Jason Bourne

Universal Pictures, Perfect World Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Captivate Entertainment present a PG-13, 123 minute, Action, Thriller, directed by Paul Greengrass, written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse with a theater release date of July 29, 2016.


Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has come face to face with some truth remembering parts of his past but he wants the absolute truth, the answers to everything and how he came to be a killer. Right now in Tsamantas, Greece he is fighting fist to fist with bets all around him. In Iceland Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) breaching the CIA database in search of answers involving the Black Operations and what she finds are some of the answers Bourne is seeking. In Virginia at the CIA Headquarters Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) under the watchful eye of CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) is trying to block the breach. When Lee does Parsons is on the move when she meets up with Bourne during riots in Athens and passes on some information before it is too late since the Asset (Vincent Cassel) is in hot pursuit on their tails and he is making their end very personal.

In her notebook Bourne learns some clues about Ironhand and Threadstone and is even more driven to find out the truth about Richard Webb’s (Gregg Henry) death and how and why Bourne who now knows his true identity got involved with the CIA and their secret programs. It seems that Dewey also has strong connections with Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) the Deep Dream organization that has 1.5 billion users and allows absolute privacy with no one able to watch you. It is the Black Briar program proposed by Richard Webb that really sparks his memory giving him the information he was looking for from the start.

In London Bourne seeks out the opportunity to meet with Malcolm Smith (Bill Camp) who really holds knowledge of Bourne’s past but with the Asset in the shadows things don’t quite go as planned not for Bourne, the Asset or Lee. When answers start rolling in with the help of information from Parsons and some help from another woman playing both sides Bourne ends up in Vegas at the Exocon Symposium seeking Dewey and bringing his revenge tactics for the truth he discovered on his search around the world to an end. It did not end with Dewey though but rather in a wild ride throughout the streets of Vegas it is Bourne against the Asset and may the best man win. Back in DC and in the world of secrets one should always remember not to trust anyone.

The story is very superbly written and directed and it was good to see Damon back on the screen as Bourne. The story does jump around a lot so if you blink or have someone in your way blocking your view for just a second you could lose a vital fact. A strong score with some great special effects especially in the end brings this film to a must see on the big screen. There may have been a couple of choices I may have made differently but I’m sure we all would with many things in life but for the most part this film that unlocks some of the crooked politics within the CIA organization will intrigue your brain cells for at least 2 hours of your life.

Damon once again is phenomenal and has really come to grips with himself as a really great actor. I’m not quite sure why he tends to fist fight several times in the film but maybe to make money and show off his buff body, either way they both work out in his favor. Jones is all around an interesting actor to follow with many diverse roles and characters but what he does here works in his favor as usual. Vikander who seems a bit weak at times spins herself like that of Wonder Woman and comes off a bit strong yet making her a bit naïve in the end, at least for that of her character. Cassel plays the bad guy well and Stiles roll was just a bit too short but important to the plot. Ahmed, Camp and many of the other supporting characters and extras really do well and making this story come to life on the big screen. Obviously the door is wide open for this franchise like that of James Bond or Mission Impossible to continue on for more adventures in the future.

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