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Saturday, December 17

Popcorn & Coffee: Jason Bourne Blu-ray Review


PG-13; 124 minutes; $34.90; Amazon

Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment just in time for Christmas is Jason Bourne. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the film stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Set nearly 10 years after the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne (placed once again by Matt Damon), comes out of hiding after receiving a message from Nicky Parsons (played by Julia Stiles) that she has uncovered documents about his recruitment into the Treadstone program. And of course after Nicky had stolen this information, the CIA became aware of her location.

CIA Director Robert Dewey (played by Tommy Lee Jones) takes controls of the situation, sending in the cyber ops division lead by Heather Lee (played by Alicia Vikander) to track and capture both Parsons and Bourne. However, things don't as planned when an ex-Blackbriar program assassin (played by Vincent Cassel) kills Parsons.

Once again, Jason Bourne goes after the bad guys in the attempt to learn the truth of his past.

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray are:

  • Bringing Back Matt Damon As Bourne - Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass discuss how they brought a beloved character back to the big screen.
  • Bare-Knuckle Boxing - Matt Damon discusses his love for boxing and how he prepared for the bare-knuckle fight sequences.
  • Close Quarters Combat - A behind-the-scenes look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault.
  • Underground Rumble - Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, and fight coordinator Roger Yuan discuss how they staged Bourne’s final showdown with The Asset.
  • The Athens Escape - Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discuss the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets.
  • Convention Chaos - Join the cast and crew on location in Las Vegas as they film the final act of Jason Bourne.
  • Shutting Down The Las Vegas Strip - For the final act of Jason Bourne, filmmakers wanted something bigger and bolder than ever before. Here’s an inside look at how they pulled it off.




Final Thoughts: Not counting the spinoff The Bourne Legacy, it's been nearly a decade since the last real Bourne flick was released. Not much has changed in the latest sequel, Jason Bourne; which is more or less a "best of moments" from the first three films.

The plot is extremely thin, but not quite as bad as the one from the Damon-less spinoff. I'm not for sure why the writers wanted to kill off Julia Stiles' character; for me it was too predictable. Of course Matt Damon gives a solid performance as Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones also gives a performance as the CIA director that is after him.

The picture quality and sound on the Blu-ray are topnotch.

Overall, despite a predictable plot, Jason Bourne is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action and chase scenes to keep you entertained.



*I received complimentary copy from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.


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