Yet more action in this week’s review and it’s time for me to take a look at a 2016 film starring a certain Matt Damon. I love these films but with the last one coming in 2007 it’s been quite a wait. Yes I’m totally disregarding the 2012 film The Bourne Legacy that for me has nothing to do with the franchise. So without further ado here’s my Jason Bourne Blu-ray review.
- Jason Bourne Blu-ray Review (2016)
- Genre: Action
- Directed by Paul Greengrass
- Written by Paul Greengrass & Christopher Rous
- Running Time: 123 Mins
- Blu-ray Released: 28th November 2016
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 1
- Released By Universal
- Starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed
Bourne has been off the grid since the events of the last film The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and is clearly not in the best mental state. He finds himself drawn back into the secretive world of the intelligence agencies when former Treadstone operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) contacts him with yet more revelations about his past. Bourne’s real name is of course David Webb and it turns out that his father worked on and even headed up the Treadstone project.
Bourne’s reappearance sparks real concern for the director of the CIA Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) who wants Bourne and Parsons taken out. However the new head of the CIA Cyber Ops Division Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) thinks they can convince Bourne to come in.
To keep the plot current we have the CEO and founder of Deep Dream, a social media company similar to Facebook seemingly in bed with the CIA. Now that would never happen in real life would it?
Style / Direction
Paul Greengrass is back at the helm and it shows, with his use of the action cam, scenes always have a fluid effect that the Bourne films are renowned for. It’s packed full with plenty of fast paced action along with several different country locations making this an outstanding looking movie. Hats off to Barry Ackroyd for the cinematography, this is how you make a Bourne film.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by John Powell & David Buckley and conveys the action sequences very well whilst not be particularly memorable but don’t worry the Bourne theme returns at the end of the film.
Acting / Characters
Matt Damon continues to impress after the best part of a decade since the last film. He is very good in the physical action scenes and good on delivery of his albeit short dialogue. What more do you want in a Bourne movie?
Tommy Lee Jones is the villain of the film and in many ways the last of the old guard. The days of running the agency in this way may well becoming to an end but his portrayal of his character is exceptionally good giving the film added weight.
The other main character is played by Alicia Vikander, she is the head of the CIA Cyber Ops Division who is very ambitious and clearly is eying the top job but seems rather sympathetic to Bourne’s plight. Is she genuine or is this merely a facade? She plays her character exceptionally well appearing slightly conflicted into whose side she is really on. So there is plenty of scope for her character to be given a more senior role in any future films.
Vincent Cassel plays the asset who is a Blackbriar assassin working for the Iron Hand program and is essentially Robert Dewey’s man on the ground to take out Bourne at any cost. He plays this well and is believable sure he is cold but the back story given for him had him being compromised from Bourne’s release of data in the previous films. This lead to the asset being tortured, not surprising he takes it’s personally and wants Bourne dead.
Julia Stiles makes a welcome return as Nicky Parsons, a former Treadstone operative. The other key character is Aaron Kalloor the CEO and founder of Deep Dream, a massive social media company, played by Riz Ahmeds, he’s a billionaire with a huge secret.
Ahmed pretty much nails his character and in these post Snowden days who knows how true this could really be. Conspiracy theory anyone?
Conclusion – Jason Bourne Film Review
Just as Bond’s return in SPECTRE was spectacular so to is Jason Bourne’s. I loved every minute of this outing, it really ticked all the boxes for me. Hopefully Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will come back when they have the right story and give Jason Bourne another challenge sometime soon, but for now I cannot recommend this film highly enough.
Jason Bourne Blu-ray Review
Clearly the picture and sound are outstanding as it’s a brand new film but what else do you get when you purchase the Blu-ray version?
- Bringing Back Matt Damon As Bourne
- Bare Knuckle Boxing
- Close Quarters Combat
- Underground Rumble
- The Athens Escape
- Convention Chaos
- Shutting Down The Las Vegas Strip
A good selection of extras giving an insight into the return of Matt Damon as Jason Bourne along with director Paul Greengrass.
Plenty of behind the scenes stuff regarding how the action fights were put together.
In essence what we have on the extras front is the right mix of interesting stuff that doesn’t last longer than the film. So a really nice set of featurettes that provide interesting viewing.
On to my movie rating for Jason Bourne (2016)
- Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED / MUST SEE
- Blu-ray: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with the trailer…
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Jason Bourne Blu-ray Review (2016)
Director(s): Paul Greengrass
Actor(s): Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Bourne really is back this time, an absolute must see film.