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Jason Bourne remains invincible and unprecedented, with perfect back stories relating to all the events of his past. The revenge saga, does not appear to be concluding, more sequels to be followed.

Even though, Paul Greengrass (director), perfectly ended the franchise with ‘ The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007), he had also left vital clues that Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) might be reinstated. After a heist of 9 years, Bourne emerges as a bare – knuckle fighter in the border of Greece.

Jason Bourne – Bare Knuckle Fight

Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the former logistics support for Treadstone program, was terminated from CIA for being linked to Jason Bourne and aiding him in exposing black ops, Treadstone and Blackbriar ( Do recall your memory of  Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Identity). Since then, she has been hiding, and hunting opportunities to expose the rogue operations.

Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons – Greek Protest

In meantime, the social media giant ‘ Deep Dream’ becomes ubiquitous in the digital lives of significant population of the world. The founder of the start up, Aaron Kallor(Riz Ahmed) is obligated to the deputy director of CIA, Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) for full wide – spectrum surveillance of people’s digital footprints as his company was seed funded by the agency. Aaron is determined in protecting people’s privacy. And, what the agency demands him to do is against the privacy policies of Deep Dream. How does he cope up? [ Several references are made to Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing]

The head of cyber divisions, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), partially defeats Nicky Parsons’s attempt in infiltrating into the firewall of CIA’s mainframe and stealing the black ops files, including Iron Hand (A Treadstone upgrade – full spectrum surveillance). Bourne is given access to data stolen by Nicky Parsons in the midst of Greek protest crowd, which leads to unraveling the fact of paramount importance, (that was the motivation for Bourne to volunteer for Treadstone), that his father, Richard Webb, was not murdered by enemies, but by the agency. Bourne wants to find the perpetrators. He falls back in the grid again, revealing the answers, shrouded in mystery.

Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, Cyber Divisions Head

Heather Lee, studies Bourne’s files, and learns from his behavioral observations that Bourne is always patriotic, when played right, he can be brought back into the agency. The asset (Vincent Cassel) desperately wants to avenge Bourne, as he was caught in Syria for espionage and tortured by the exposure of Blackbriar by Bourne. Heather Lee plans to bring Bourne back to agency by helping him in finding the truth.

Vincent Cassel as Asset

The last 90 minutes is a culmination of brutal combat, and high speed pursuit between the agency’s asset backed by Robert and Bourne, in preventing Bourne from exposing Iron Hand program, and understanding about Bourne’s father’s murder. Eventually, Jason Bourne triumphs and leaves impression again that he would return. The whistleblowing attempt of Aaron, appears to be subtly managed by Heather Lee, in favour of agency. Perhaps, it is saved for subsequent installments of the franchise.

Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Dewey, CIA Deputy Director

Filmmaker, Paul Greengrass was a former international journalist, and adept in seamlessly incorporating the alarming sociopolitical challenges in his films, esp, in Bourne franchise. Jason Bourne is no exception, as the pivotal plot of this installment is loosely based on Edward Snowden. Jason Bourne franchise is synonymous with hyper, fast edited, massive action sequences. Special mention to the academy award winning editor (for Bourne Ultimatum) and co-writer, Christopher Rouse for bringing actions as authentic as possible and captivating on the screen. The Greek protest and Las Vegas car chase sequences quench the thirst for Jason Bourne admirers.

Paul Greengrass, Director

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Matt Damon had reprised the character Jason Bourne after almost 10 years. He had been part of several other major films, such as Interstellar, The Martian. He was just 29 years old, when he took up ‘ The Bourne Identity’, he turned 45, on taking up Jason Bourne again for the fourth time.

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in the knuckle fight scene.

‘For the first Bourne movie I was 29 and I thought that was hard work getting into shape.Now I’m 45 and it’s just brutal. We shot this bare-knuckle fighting scene on my 45th birthday and it was a lot of work to get there.I was on a very strict diet and spent a lot of time in the gym just making myself miserable. So maybe for the next one Jason Bourne will be fat and happy and old!’, said, Matt Damon.

The actor further revealed that they had been waiting for an idea as intriguing as the previous installments of the franchise (Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum) for the last 10 years. Audiences had entrusted the director (Paul Greengrass) and the actor to make a promising comeback. The success of Jason Bourne, had led them to venture into various other successful films as well. Eventually, something substantial had come up, and thus the film was made.

Jason Bourne Poster

‘It’s been one of those things that we wanted to do for a long time because we love the character.For both Paul and me it’s been a huge part of our careers and the success of those movies has allowed us to do a lot of other stuff.Just walking down the street people will come up to both of us independently and constantly ask if there is going to be another another one, and that’s really the reason we did it – that people wanted to see it.We both made movies that people didn’t want to go and see and it’s not something to be taken for granted.It’s a tough thing to earn an audience’s trust and so we didn’t just rush into it, we waited for 10 years or so and got a good story, and hopefully we’ve done something that people will want to see.’, said Matt Damon in a interview to BBC World.

Its interesting in knowing why and how the 45 years old actor Matt Damon, reprised the character Jason Bourne.

The other important cast includes,Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel.

Jason Bourne is back on 29th of July 2016.

Official Trailer:

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