I know we've had more than our share of action movies lately, with "Mission: Impossible" and "James Bond" and every other superhero who can take on the bad guys, but isn't it time we got back to a true original? Not saying Bond isn't original at all, you understand, but we're going to have to wait a while before anyone gets an idea of when he'll be back on-screen again. With that in mind, it's about time that we got to see Matt Damon ply his trade once again as THE "Don't You Dare Try to Come After Me"-kind of spy, the one and only Jason Bourne. Or perhaps we should call him David Webb, as his real name was revealed to him in "The Bourne Ultimatum". Damon was the best choice to pick for Bourne in the beginning, and it seems fitting that only he can play the guy. And the fans love him as well, so hey, it works!
With the unfortunate exception of "The Bourne Legacy", the series has been one of immense popularity, not that "Legacy" was anybody's fault, definitely not its star's fault, Jeremy Renner. He's a good actor, and he's good in action movies; just check out a couple of the "Mission: Impossible" movies if you don't believe me, ("Ghost Protocol" and "Rogue Nation", "Ghost Protocol" is where Renner came into the series, I think.) It could have been a good movie, it was just that the story itself, as well as the movie, kinda went----POOF! It fizzled out, and after a certain point it didn't go anywhere. And it had nothing to do with Renner, as I'm happy to believe, it was just the movie. It didn't gel as well as the other movies did, and Paul Greengrass didn't direct it.
That's another great thing about the Bourne movies; they've always had Paul Greengrass writing and directing them, which is a big reason why they worked. He and Matt Damon work great together, and it definitely comes through in the movie. Greengrass directs this one, too, and it's a good sign that the movie stands a great chance of being a hit. But there's another reason as well, the great Tommy Lee Jones comes into the Bourne series. Tommy Lee Jones is one of the great actors of our time, a true big dog in his field, and he's going to bring that to this movie, although I'm not sure what his role is. The movie description is he's the CIA director in this one, but who knows what his real role is, if you know what I mean. Julia Stiles also returns as Nicky, Bourne's one-time love interest which no one knew until the third movie. She's still in the picture as the analyst who's once again relied on by Bourne to help him put the pieces of his former life together. The other actors I don't recognize right away, so maybe they're a new crew-? But enough of that for now.
In May 2007, Matt Damon had said prior to "The Bourne Legacy" that he would not be interested in playing Bourne again, saying that "We have ridden that horse as far as we can." I guess eight years is long enough for him to change his mind, along with his being one of the movie's producers, and being offered enough money to do it one more time, now we have the only guy who can play Bourne and make it all work. We can only hope that, now that James Bond is being put on the back burner for the time being, we can enjoy another thriller that has both story and action. Not saying anything bad about 007, but Jason Bourne has earned his spot at the big dogs' table, and we should definitely give him the benefit of the doubt.
I would hope that Robert Ludlum, the writer of the novels, would enjoy this as much as the fans do, but given the fact that he's been dead for so long and the fact that with writers it's hard to tell what they enjoy and what would really make them cringe. I'm familiar with that feeling, I cringe every time I have to read something of my own, and I would rather have a root canal. That is, if I had any teeth left! hahaha!
Ludlum introduced the world to Jason Bourne in 1980, with "The Bourne Identity", to amazing sales and reception in the publishing world, following it with "The Bourne Supremacy"in 1986 and "The Bourne Ultimatum"in 1990. The Bourne trilogy made Ludlum one of the most original spy thriller writers in the world, although he enjoyed a great deal of success well before then, starting in 1971 with his first book, "The Scarlatti Inheritance". Way before Bourne, Ludlum already had a successful reputation, Bourne just made sure that nobody would question it, you might say. Sadly enough, Ludlum died at home in 2001, while recovering from severe burns he suffered from a fire that occurred there only a couple of days before. He never got to see the first of the Matt Damon/Jason Bourne movies.
It's hard to say what'll happen after this latest chapter in the Bourne series, it is possible that more movies might be made, but only with Damon's cooperation. It won't matter what Greengrass wants to do with future movies, finding another actor to play Bourne simply won't work. But the end of Ludlum's trilogy means no more original Bourne books, although Hollywood will always argue otherwise. But for now, hey, let's just enjoy the movie that's coming up. After all, it's Jason Bourne, and it's about damn time. :)