Most action films of the last decade have been openly taking nods from Paul Greengrass, the brash, brilliant director who gave an experiential kick to films like Bloody Sunday, Captain Phillips, and the excellent Bourne Ultimatum. So, its good to see the master returning to his favorite franchise, for which he also directed The Bourne Supremacy, with Jason Bourne, the upcoming next installment in the series that Doug Liman began but Greengrass turned into a venerable franchise.
There has been plenty of footage seen from the sequel thus far in trailers and TV spots, and the latest TV spot from Universal doesn’t add a whole lot to the equation. There are a few new images of Tommy Lee Jones, whose character hasn’t quite been identified as good or bad, against it all or behind it all, but who seems to play a crucial role in Bourne’s resurfacing. There’s also Alicia Vikander‘s role as Jones’ character’s colleague, and the vaguely unveiled Vincent Cassel as a deadly mercenary who seems to be hunting Matt Damon‘s disgraced spy. There’s nothing much new here really, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t nevertheless pump me up for the film’s July 28th release date.
Here’s the new TV spot for Jason Bourne:
Here’s the official synopsis for Jason Bourne:
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.