The Super Bowl Trailer Apocalypse continues with the first look at Matt Damon’s return as Jason Bourne, in a movie creatively titled Jason Bourne. That is a seriously sh*t title, but I suppose after making an off-brand Bourne movie without Jason, they need to remind everyone that THIS is the kind of Bourne movie you remember and love. No more of that chem sh*t, this is good old fashioned bare-knuckle Bourne.
Literally, as it looks like Jason has spent the last decade in underground fight clubs. I seem to remember at one point his face being splashed across the international media, and surely someone would have commented on the super-efficient fighter obliterating underground MMA rings everywhere, but fine. Jason Bourne’s been fight clubbing for ten years and no one noticed. And now Bourne is back, ditching the fight clubs for high speed chases and loaded proclamations that he remembers everything. Julia Stiles shows up to “You know nothing, Jon Snow” him, but we really don’t know what’s going on. It’s a thirty second TV spot—presumably a full-length trailer will be along shortly to expound upon the plot.
Though this reunites Damon and director Paul Greengrass, Jason Bourne doesn’t look like their previous Bourne movies. In fact, it looks like a Fast & Furious movie, complete with a massive car chase on the Las Vegas strip. Remember when Bourne movies were stripped down run-and-gun spy thrillers? Seems quaint now. In the years since Bourne first became popular, superhero movies have taken over, and I guess someone at Universal thinks they need to compete (which maybe also explains the supersoldiery plot of The Bourne Legacy). I’m not sure they do, though, and I’ll be interested to see how people respond to a souped-up Bourne. But at the very least, seeing Matt Damon back as Jason Bourne is very fun.
Attached - Matt Damon at the Directors Guild Of America Awards on the weekend.