Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Bourne again - and film fans can’t wait!

FOLLOWING 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon said that if Paul Greengrass called him in 10 years’ time

FOLLOWING 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon said that if Paul Greengrass called him in 10 years’ time asking him to return to the role he would jump at the chance.

It didn’t take quite that long but this week Damon does just that in Jason Bourne — the fifth film in the series.

As always the challenge for Greengrass here will be to grab the audience’s attention with a plot that is coherent and gripping when the central protagonist has enjoyed a nine-year hiatus.

The character was referenced in the fourth film in the series — 2012’s the Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as Bourne’s fellow black ops agent Aaron Cross.

Renner more than rose to the occasion, but Damon has always been synonymous with the Bourne name and his return is being met with much excitement and anticipation from fans.

It sees the troubled yet lethal CIA agent starting to remember who he truly is, having spent the previous films trying to uncover hidden truths about his past while fending off the unwelcome attentions of his former masters.

Several years on from his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, he unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability.

At the same time, a new program, Ironhand, has been created to hunt him down while he is still trying to uncover all the answers about his past and family.

Damon is supported by Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, the always watchable Vincent Cassel, who plays a hitman hired to dispose of Bourne, and Tommy Lee Jones, playing a CIA chief. Julia Stiles also returns as Bourne’s ex-CIA confidante Nicky Parsons.

Greengrass will have his work cut out to meet the, undoubtedly, high expectations that these films now attract. It’s testament to their success that Bourne is often described as Damon’s most iconic role in a filmography that also boasts the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Good Will Hunting.

But viewers will, I’m sure, flock to to cinemas to spend two hours immersed in a world of international espionage.

It’s worth noting as well that these films are credited with raising the standard of the James Bond films during Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007, with their gritty realism and action sequences setting a new standard.

Jason Bourne is showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

Review: David White

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