I don’t know about all of you, but I am an absolute sucker for summer action blockbusters. Now, Matt Damon is reprising his role as Jason Bourne (from the Bourne franchise) in the movie by the same name. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky was able to get a sneak peek and gives us the run down. Check it out!
This Weekend at the Box Office: Jason Bourne
Run Time: 123 min
Release date: July 29, 2016 (USA)
Director: Paul Greengrass
When I was invited to preview the new Jason Bourne movie I knew had to take the future Mrs. Jason Bourne with me (my Bourne-obsessed sister, Mandy). Yes, I’m a great sister, but I selfishly wanted her on hand to remind me about the storylines of the previous Bourne movies. Believe it or not, the last Matt-Damon Bourne movie was released 9 years ago, so I was definitely fuzzy on details.
But … instead of me doing my homework and quizzing her before the movie, we spent our time chatting about everything BUT the series, so I went in basically cold. The good news? It didn’t matter. This movie, while still tied to the others, stands on its own. There is no need to do your homework, you’ll be caught up in the first ten minutes. Although, binge watching the Bourne trilogy doesn’t sound exactly terrible either.
Anyway, here’s my scoop on the new one:
Jason Bourne is back. Not that imposter Aaron Cross (aka Jeremy Renner), the real-deal, beautiful Matt Damon version. This time he’s living off the grid and trying to survive by keeping a low profile and hiding from the CIA. His old colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) tracks him down and shares files that prove the new head of the CIA (Tommy Lee Jones) has a sinister plan in motion to further corrupt the agency from the inside out. This information is enough to pull Bourne out of his “retirement” and from there the movie immediately shifts into 5th gear and goes full throttle until the very end.
If you liked the original Bourne trilogy (by sister bond I’m not allowed to count that last, unnamed fourth one), you won’t be disappointed in this high-energy, fast-paced, stunt-packed new one.
In addition to intense (and I have got to imagine extremely expensive) chase scenes via Greek alleyways, the Vegas strip and in a parking garage (that’s a new one), the movie was filled with all kinds software and tracking gadgets that made the U.S. government look like the Jetsons on crack.
That said, the quote of the night goes to my sister: “If you think the government can do any of those things they were doing in the movie, just remember they couldn’t even figure out how to hack a 4-digit iPhone passcode.”
There’s a rumor going around that Matt Damon made one million dollars for every line in this movie. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t have very many. But I say he was worth every penny. Every summer has its blockbuster and this one is it. I recommend catching the action on the big screen.
Becky is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.
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