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Jason Bourne (film)
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Jason Bourne
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Produced by * Matt Damon
Written by * Paul Greengrass
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on
Starring * Matt Damon
Music by * John Powell
Cinematography Barry Ackroyd
Editing by
Production company(s)
Distributor Universal Pictures
Release date(s) July 11, 2016 (Odeon Leicester Square)
July 29, 2016 (United States)
Running time
Language English
Budget $120 million[1]
Gross revenue $415.2 million[1]
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Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct sequel to 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon reprises his role as the main character, former CIA assassin and psychogenic amnesiac Jason Bourne.

In the film, Bourne remains on the run from CIA hit squads as he tries to uncover hidden truths about his father. CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) orders CIA cyber head Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to hunt him down. Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh and Scott Shepherd also star.

Principal photography on the film commenced on September 8, 2015. The film premiered in London on July 11, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 29, 2016, by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews but was a box office success, grossing $415 million worldwide.

PlotEdit

A decade after he exposed Operation Blackbriar and disappeared, Jason Bourne has finally recovered from his amnesia, isolating himself from the world and making a living by taking part in illegal fighting rings. In Reykjavík, Nicky Parsons, who has been collaborating with a hacktivist group led by Christian Dassault, hacks into the CIA's mainframe server in order to expose the CIA's black ops programs. In the process, Parsons finds documents that concern Bourne's recruitment into the Treadstone program and his father's role in the program, and she decides to travel to Athens to find and inform him. Parsons' system intrusion alerts Heather Lee, the head of the CIA's cyber ops division, and CIA Director Robert Dewey.

In Greece, Parsons and Bourne meet at Syntagma Square in the midst of a violent anti-government protest. They evade the CIA teams sent to locate them, but Parsons is killed by the Asset, an ex-Blackbriar program assassin who also holds a personal grudge against Bourne, having been captured and tortured following Bourne's actions that exposed Blackbriar. Before she dies, Parsons is able to pass the key to a luggage locker that holds the CIA files on to Bourne. Intending to find the answers about his past and family, Bourne locates Dassault in Berlin. Decrypting Parsons's files, Bourne discovers that his father, Richard Webb, was an analyst for the CIA and was involved with the creation of the original Treadstone program. However, malware planted in the files alerts the CIA to Bourne's location, and Dewey sends a team to capture him while Lee remotely erases the files to prevent another leak. Dassault attacks Bourne, but is killed in the fight. Lee takes the opportunity to alert Bourne to the team's presence as she believes that he can be persuaded to return to the agency. Using the few leads he gathered in Berlin, Bourne tracks Malcolm Smith, a former Treadstone surveillance operative, in London and arranges to meet him in Paddington Plaza.

Lee persuades Dewey to allow her to contact Bourne in person to attempt to bring him back in. Dewey agrees, but secretly authorizes the Asset to eliminate Lee's team and kill Bourne, who he believes cannot be reasoned with. Knowing that the CIA is watching him, Bourne evades Lee and the Asset long enough to confront Smith. Smith admits that Richard Webb created Treadstone, but tried to prevent them from recruiting Bourne. Under Dewey's orders, the Asset killed Richard Webb and staged his death as a terrorist attack to persuade Bourne to join Treadstone. Smith is killed by the Asset while Bourne escapes and finds Lee, who admits that she is not comfortable with Dewey's methods and directs him to a technology convention in Las Vegas.

Dewey is scheduled to attend the convention for a public debate on privacy rights with Aaron Kalloor, the CEO of social media enterprise Deep Dream. Kalloor is the public face of corporate social responsibility in the Internet age, but he has secretly been funded by Dewey, who intends to use Deep Dream for real-time mass surveillance alongside the reborn of targeted assassination programs Treadstone, Blackbriar, Outcome, Swordbreaker, and LARX, now collectively known as "Iron Hand". Suspecting that Kalloor will refuse to allow the CIA access to Deep Dream, Dewey authorizes the Asset to assassinate Kalloor and Lee, whom he no longer trusts. Bourne arrives at the convention in time to thwart the assassination and confronts Dewey in his suite. Dewey appeals to Bourne's sense of patriotism as he stalls for time, knowing that agents are closing in. Bourne kills Jeffers, Dewey's right-hand man, while Lee kills Dewey before he can shoot Bourne. Bourne covers up Lee's involvement before giving chase to the Asset and finally kills him by breaking his neck after a long fight in a sewer.

In the aftermath, Lee convinces Edwin Russell, the Director of National Intelligence, that Dewey's methods were outdated and offers herself as a candidate to become Dewey's replacement as CIA Director, to act as Russell's eyes and ears within the CIA. She outlines her plan to use Bourne's trust to bring him back to the agency, but recognizes the need to kill him if he refuses. Lee approaches Bourne, promising him that the CIA will become the organization he thought it was when he joined. Bourne asks for time to consider her offer, but leaves a recording of her conversation with Russell in her car, making it clear that he does not trust her, before he disappears again.

CastEdit

  • Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, born David Webb, a former CIA assassin who disappeared after publicizing details of the CIA's targeted assassination programs.
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Dewey, the current director of the CIA and leader of the Iron Hand program who holds an intention to take down Bourne after the exposure of Blackbriar.
  • Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, the head of the CIA cyber ops division.
  • Vincent Cassel as the Asset, a Blackbriar assassin working for the Iron Hand program. The Asset was captured and tortured as a result of Bourne's actions in The Bourne Ultimatum and harbours resentment toward him because of it.
  • Julia Stiles as Nicolette "Nicky" Parsons, Bourne's former Treadstone contact in Paris whom he sent into hiding in The Bourne Ultimatum.
  • Riz Ahmed as Aaron Kalloor, the CEO and founder of Deep Dream, a social media enterprise.
  • Ato Essandoh as Craig Jeffers, a CIA agent and Dewey's right-hand man.
  • Scott Shepherd as Edwin Russell, the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Bill Camp as Malcolm Smith, a former CIA analyst who retired to the private sector.
  • Vinzenz Kiefer as Christian Dassault, a hacker, whistleblower, and the leader of a group of privacy activists.
  • Gregg Henry as Richard Webb, Jason Bourne's father and the creator of the original Treadstone program who was murdered by the Asset.
  • Stephen Kunken as Baumen, a Deep Dream employee who is one of Kalloor's main assistants.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

In May 2007, prior to the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon stated that he would not be interested in returning for a fourth Bourne film, remarking of his participation in the Bourne franchise: "We have ridden that horse as far as we can."[2] Damon said in August 2007:

"I think in terms of another one, the story of this guy's search for his identity is over, because he's got all the answers, so there's no way we can trot out the same character, and so much of what makes him interesting is that internal struggle that was happening for him, am I a good guy, am I a bad guy, what is the secret behind my identity, what am I blocking out, why am I remembering these disturbing images? So all of that internal propulsive mechanism that drives the character is not there, so if there was to be another one then it would have to be a complete reconfiguration, you know, where do you go from there? For me I kind of feel like the story that we set out to tell is has now been told. I love the character, and if Paul Greengrass calls me in ten years and says, 'Now we can do it, because it's been ten years and I have a way to bring him back,' then there's a world in which I can go, 'Yeah, absolutely.' We could get the band back together if there was a great idea behind it, but in terms of now and this story, that part—the story's been told...[3] "
—{{{2}}}

However, on February 22, 2008, Variety reported that a fourth film was indeed in the works, with both Damon and Greengrass on board.[4]

On October 16, 2008, it was announced that George Nolfi would write the script, with Frank Marshall producing, and Jeffrey Weiner and Henry Morrison executive producing. Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, and Paul Greengrass were attached to star in the film.[5][6][7] Joshua Zetumer had been hired to write a parallel script—a draft which could be combined with another (Nolfi's, in this instance)—by August 2009, since Nolfi was set to direct The Adjustment Bureau that September.[8] That December, Greengrass announced that he had decided not to direct the fourth Bourne film, saying that "[his] decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge."[9]

On February 1, 2010, Damon, speaking at the UK premiere of Invictus, revealed that a follow-up to The Bourne Ultimatum was "at least five years away". Greengrass, also at the premiere, re-stated that he would not be part of any further Bourne films "unless the right script came along". However, Damon stated that in the meantime there may be a Bourne "prequel of some kind, with another actor and another director".[10] Damon reconfirmed this on a March 10, 2010, appearance on Today, adding that he would only be involved if Greengrass was directing.[11]

In June 2010, it was announced that Tony Gilroy would write The Bourne Legacy, and that it would have a 2012 release date.[12] That October, Gilroy was announced as the director of The Bourne Legacy.[13] He confirmed that Damon would not return for this film and that there would be "a whole new hero":

"This is not a reboot, it's a whole new chapter. The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for The Bourne Legacy, and everyone who got into them will be rewarded for paying attention. I'm building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy. We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas... The world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's reappearance somewhere down the road."[14]"
—{{{2}}}


The Bourne Legacy was released in the U.S. on August 10, 2012.[15] It stars Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross.

Universal confirmed at a media conference in Los Angeles, California, that they have plans to release more Bourne films, despite Legacy being given mixed reviews by critics.[16]

In a December 2012 interview, Damon stated that he and Paul Greengrass were interested in returning for the next film.[17]

The Bourne Betrayal was released on February 11, 2013. It starred Pete L. J. Dickson as Aiden Parks.

On November 8, 2013, Deadline reported that the fifth installment in the franchise would feature Renner's Cross, with Justin Lin directing.[18] Andrew Baldwin was attached to write the film's screenplay, and the release date was set for July 16, 2016.[19]

On September 15, 2014, it was announced that Damon and Greengrass would indeed return for the next Bourne film.[20] In November 2014, Damon confirmed that he and Greengrass would return, with a script from themselves, with Christopher Rouse editing.[21][22] On May 23, 2015, Deadline.com reported that Alicia Vikander was in talks to star with Damon in the fifth film.[23] On June 19, 2015, Deadline reported that Julia Stiles had confirmed she would be reprising the role of Nicky Parsons in the film, a character she had previously played in the first three films.[24] Viggo Mortensen was in talks to play the villain role.[25] On June 23, 2015, Vikander was confirmed to star in the sequel, while she was also in talks for the Assassin's Creed film, which she passed on.[26] On July 28, 2015, Tommy Lee Jones joined the film's cast to play a senior CIA officer.[27] On September 1, 2015, Vincent Cassel was cast in the film as an assassin who tracks Bourne.[28] On September 15, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that actor Ato Essandoh was cast in the film as an unspecified character.[29] On October 20, 2015, Scott Shepherd was added to the cast to play the deputy director of the CIA.[30] On November 4, 2015, Variety confirmed that Riz Ahmed had signed on to play the role of a tech specialist working with the CIA.[31]

FilmingEdit

In August 2015, producers met Clark County, Nevada officials to get approval to shoot on The Strip, requesting a shutdown of Las Vegas Boulevard for several hours a day, for seven to ten days. It was not clear whether the producers obtained a license to do so. Damon told BuzzFeed that the film would start production in September, starting in Greece and Las Vegas,[32] and would have Bourne in "a post-Snowden world".[33][34]

Principal photography on the film commenced on September 8, 2015.[35] In early November, filming took place outside Paddington Station in London.[36] In late November 2015, filming took place in Kreuzberg, Berlin.[37] In early December 2015, filming started in Washington, D.C., where shooting took place at Constitution Gardens.[38] Filming in Las Vegas, Nevada was scheduled to begin on January 14, 2016, lasting until January 21.[39] Production on the film concluded on February 1, 2016.[40] Filming also took place in March 2016 at Woolwich railway station in Greenwich, London.[41]

ReleaseEdit

On January 6, 2015, Universal set the film's United States release date as July 29, 2016.[42] The first trailer for the film was aired on February 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50 and revealed the title of the film.[43] The film was released in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2016.[44] It was released in 2D and IMAX 3D in select international territories only, using DMR.[45]

Home mediaEdit

Jason Bourne will be released on Digital HD on November 15 and on Blu-ray/DVD December 6 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.[46]

Soundtrack Edit

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The soundtrack to Jason Bourne, as composed by John Powell and David Buckley, was released digitally on July 29, 2016, by Back Lot Music.[47] A new version of Moby's "Extreme Ways", entitled "Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne)", was recorded for the film's end credits.

Track listing
  1. "I Remember Everything" – 2:04
  2. "Backdoor Breach" – 3:50
  3. "Converging in Athens" – 4:13
  4. "Motorcycle Chase" – 6:53
  5. "A Key to the Past" – 2:37
  6. "Berlin" – 2:02
  7. "Decrypted" – 5:34
  8. "Flat Assault" – 2:39
  9. "Paddington Plaza" – 6:46
  10. "White Van Plan" – 2:49
  11. "Las Vegas" – 3:48
  12. "Following the Target" – 3:29
  13. "Strip Chase" – 4:59
  14. "An Interesting Proposal" – 2:13
  15. "Let Me Think About It" – 2:24
  16. "Extreme Ways (Jason Bourne)" by Moby – 4:56

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Jason Bourne became a commercial success, due largely to its modest budget compared to its final gross.[48] The film grossed $162.2 million in the USA & Canada, and $253.1 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $415.2 million against a production budget of $120 million.[1] The film passed the $400 million threshold on October 7, making it the second film in the Bourne franchise to reach this milestone and the second highest-grossing film in the series behind The Bourne Ultimatum.[49] Worldwide, the film opened at number one in 50 markets, scoring the biggest debut in the franchise in 53 markets. In 51 territories, Jason Bourne is the highest-grossing film in the franchise.[49] It is the third highest-grossing film of 2016 (behind Warcraft and "The Mermaid") that doesn't involve comic-book superheroes or anthropomorphic animals at its center (including The Jungle Book).[48]

In the United States and Canada, Jason Bourne was projected to gross $50–60 million in its opening weekend.[50][51][52] It made $4.2 million from Thursday night previews at 2,928 theaters which began at 7:00pm, becoming the first film in the series to earn above $1 million from previews, although the other four films' screenings began at midnight.[53][54] On its opening day it grossed $22.8 million, which is the second biggest opening day of the series behind The Bourne Ultimatum ($24.6 million).[55] It topped the box office in its opening weekend as expected with a $59.2 million opening, making it one of the few franchise titles from 2016 to open on par with its predecessor. It is the second biggest opening for the franchise as well as for Damon, just behind the $69 million debut of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007.[56][57] The film dropped by 71% on its second Friday ($6.5 million) as a result of the release of the superhero film Suicide Squad. By comparison, the last four Bourne movies all dropped (respectively) 46%, 59%, 57% and 61% on their second Fridays.[58] In its second weekend the film grossed $22.7 million (a drop of 61.6%), finishing second at the box office.[59]

Internationally, Jason Bourne is the highest-grossing film among the series[60] and has secured a release in a total of 78 countries.[61] The film opened day-and-date in conjuncture with its North American release across 46 territories, including Australia, Brazil, South Korea and the U.K. and Ireland.[62] It grossed $22.8 million on its opening day, marking the biggest international opening day for the franchise. It had No. 1 opening days in 28 markets and recorded the biggest opening day for the franchise in the United Kingdom and Ireland ($5.2 million).[63] Through Sunday, July 31, it had an opening weekend total of $50.7 million easily topping the box office as well as debuting at first place in 27 of the 48 markets and scored the best international opening for the franchise.[61] After three weeks of fluctuating up and down the charts, it rose back to the top spot in its fourth weekend after a strong debut in China.[64]

It recorded the biggest opening for the franchise in South Korea ($11.3 million), the United Kingdom ($10.2 million), Australia ($5.8 million) Japan ($4.4 milliin) and Russia ($2.1 million) and had number one openings in France ($3.4 million), Australia, Taiwan ($2 million), Spain ($1.9 million), Indonesia ($1.7 million), the Philippines ($1.5 million) the Netherlands ($1.5 million), Mexico ($1.5 million), the UAE ($1.2 million), Sweden ($1.1 million) and Singapore ($1.1 million).[61][64][65][66][67]

Brazil was one of the markets that did not open in first place, instead opening in fourth place with $1.4 million. South Korea posted the biggest opening among all other countries and although it faced stiff competition from local titles – Operation Chromite and Train to Busan – debuted in third place. Its opening figure is nevertheless a franchise milestone and comes ahead of competitions like Spectre and Furious 7.[61] Similarly, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, it finished in second place after facing competition with the animated Finding Dory. It had a £7.6 million ($10 million) debut including £2.29 million ($3 million) worth of previews from 563 theaters, a new record for the franchise. However, based on pure Friday to Sunday earnings with the exclusion of previews, the film's £5.31 ($6.98 million) is more or less at par with The Bourne UltimatumTemplate:'s £5.31 million ($7 million).[61][68] In just 10 days, it became the second highest-grossing film in the series there.[69] In India, it debuted in second place for a non-local film behind Suicide Squad with $1.1 million.[70]

In China, the film was released on Tuesday, August 23, alongside the animated Ice Age: Collision Course and received an exclusive 3D version.[71] It grossed an estimated $12.3 million on its opening day to record the franchise's best opening day there (other Chinese sources had it at $11.8 million[71]). By comparison, The Bourne Legacy made $12.7 there in four days.[72] In three days, it earned $25.1 million.[71] In total, it delivered a six-day opening weekend total of an estimated $49.1 million – and a Friday to Sunday total of $23.9 million – to record the biggest opening for the franchise there. Its opening numbers alone surpassed the lifetime total of all other Jason Bourne films there.[64][73][74] While it had a robust opening, compared to other Hollywood films that also opened on a Tuesday, such as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Friday +18%, Saturday +68%) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (Friday +37%, Saturday +88%), Jason BourneTemplate:'s box office jumps on its first Friday and Saturday were just 13% and 43% respectively.[75] Following a first-place finish, it fell precipitously by 92% in its second weekend, earning $3.8 million.[66] China Film Insider projected that the film will end its run with a total of around $82 million, and also pointed out that had Universal not scheduled its release with Ice Age: Collision Course, the film could've grossed over $100 million.[75] But the film ended up making $66.3 million.[49]

Following North America and China, the U.K. is the film's top earning international market with $30.4 million, followed by South Korea with $19.1 million and Australia with $16.7 million and France with $11.6 million.[49]

Critical responseEdit

Jason Bourne received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 56%, based on 257 reviews, with a weighted average score of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they've come to expect – which is this sequel's biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw."[76] Metacritic gave the film a normalized score of 58 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[77] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[78]

Mike Ryan of Uproxx gave the film a mixed review, writing: "Jason Bourne is a completely unnecessary sequel that barely moves along the plot from the third movie. And after what a Big Deal it was in The Bourne Legacy that no one could find Jason Bourne, it does feel a bit weird that the return of Jason Bourne seems so anticlimactic."[79] Chris Tilly of IGN gave the film 7/10, saying: "Jason Bourne has a passable plot and a couple of pulsating sequences, which already makes it better than the majority of action movies. But in the context of its predecessors, that isn’t good enough, the new movie never fully escaping the shadow of that previous trilogy, and making you question the wisdom of drawing Bourne back out of the shadows at all."[80]

A. O. Scott of The New York Times described Damon's performance as being "as subdued as ever" and said: "[t]his is perhaps the most striking feature of Jason Bourne: Virtually all the major characters — good, bad and in-between — work for the same organization, at least on a consulting basis. There are dark whispers about external threats, and invocations of the tension between security and privacy in the digital age, but geopolitics and technology are scaffolding for what is essentially a movie about human resources challenges in a large bureaucracy."[81] Peter Debruge of Variety said, "[i]n many ways, Jason Bourne is the most unsettling movie in the series, seeing as it points to a vast conspiracy directed at the American people, and Greengrass’ style — rendered visceral via the marriage of Barry Ackroyd's on-the-fly lensing, a tense techno score, and Rouse's cutting-room trickery — lends itself nicely to an era in which shadow forces rely on such tools as satellite surveillance and facial-recognition software." He went on by saying, "just as the initial Damon-driven trilogy wrapped up Bourne's business but left us wanting more, this sequel offers closure even as it entices us with the possibility of his return."[82]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3½ stars out of 4, describing Damon's performance as being, "outstanding as the tightly wound, perpetually restless and conflicted Jason Bourne, who is practically a superhero when it comes to fighting but is utterly lost the rest of the time", and said: "Jason Bourne is the best action thriller of the year so far, with a half-dozen terrific chase sequences and fight scenes. At one point the action swings to Vegas, and while some of what transpires is almost cartoonishly over-the-top, it's great fun."[83] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter found the film's conclusion and the characters distasteful, writing: "unfortunately, then, the film ends on a flat, unimpressive note, as well as with the realization that, no matter how much time we've spent with them, the characters remain utterly one-dimensional", but went on by saying, "technically and logistically, Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him; there's no one better when it comes to staging complex, chaotic action amid the real life of big cities. As before, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is a great asset in this regard, and all production and effects hands join seamlessly in the achieved goal of physical verisimilitude."[84]

AccoladesEdit

List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Critics' Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Action Movie Jason Bourne Template:Pending [85]
Best Actor in an Action Movie Matt Damon Template:Pending
Teen Choice Awards July 31, 2016 Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Jason Bourne Template:Nom [86]
Choice Movie Actor: AnTEENcipated Matt Damon Template:Nom
Choice Movie Actress: AnTEENcipated Alicia Vikander Template:Nom
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 5, 2016 Best Portrayal of Washington D.C. Jason Bourne Template:Nom [87]

SequelEdit

Frank Marshall said Universal Pictures is planning the sequel to Jason Bourne, making it the eighth Bourne film.[88]

Trivia Edit

  • The Las Vegas car chase sequence took five weeks to shoot and at the end, the sequence wrecked 170 cars.
  • City officials and the producers reached an agreement to only shoot the Las Vegas car chase sequence from midnight to sunrise.
  • Since part of the story takes place in Athens, Greece, the producers asked the Greek Government for permission to shoot the film in the actual location. Due to high taxes and bureaucracy this never happened. Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, doubles as Athens in the movie.
  • Matt Damon has stated numerous times that he would only return to the Bourne franchise to reprise his role as Jason Bourne if Paul Greengrass would return for directorial duties on the project. Damon & Greengrass announced their return to the franchise in November 2014 for a new installment.
  • Matt Damon admitted that physically training for the role of Bourne was much harder in his forties, and he had to keep to a very strict diet to maintain his physique during filming.
  • Matt Damon & Julia Stiles are the only actors from the original trilogy to reprise their roles as Jason Bourne & Nicky Parsons, though Stiles reprised her role in The Bourne Betrayal. Whilst David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Edward Norton, & Scott Foley's characters are still living when we last see them, they are never spoken of or referenced.
  • The title was originally going to be "The Bourne Resurgence" until the producers discovered that the word Resurgence was going to be used in the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have both commented that they never liked the original title, as it seems hokey. To them "Jason Bourne" is a more fitting title because Bourne has come full circle as he now knows the whole truth about his past.
  • The requirements for Treadstone Operatives are listed in the classified report as follows: All Treadstone Operatives will be trained to be the leading capable assassins.
  • Assets will leave no trace of their existence. 2. Treadstone agents are INVISIBLE. 3. Each potential recruit must be surveyed and held under the Treadstone Secure Systems Act S-4 for a MINIMUM of two years. 4. Almost superhuman proficiency in using firearms or other weapons, sharpshooting, using explosives, operating vehicles, and martial art techniques.
  • First Bourne film Tony Gilroy wasn't involved in. He wrote none of the script.
  • This movie shows us that David Webb was previously Captain in US Army 1st Special Forces Delta (1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta , "1st SFOD-Delta"), otherwise known as Delta Force.
  • Jeremy Renner's character, Aaron Cross, doesn't appear in the film. No date for his sequel film has been announced.
  • When Nikki goes to Reykjavík to visit the hackers hideout, an old 1980's Atari ST computer is visible next to where she sets up her laptop.
  • At the 2015 Golden Globes, Matt Damon won for best actor in a comedy/musical for The Martian (2015). He gave his speech and after receiving the reward he had to go take a flight immediately to film "Jason Bourne" in Las Vegas.
  • Matt Damon refused to voice Jason Bourne in the video game The Bourne Conspiracy(2008) due to its excessive violence, which means that this is the first time he's played Bourne since The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  • Alicia Vikander was offered the role of Heather at the same time as the role of Sophia Rikkin in Assassin's Creed (2016). She took the former due to fan factor - she admitted she is a fan of the series - while the Rikkin role was filled in by Marion Cotillard.
  • The files that Nicky Parsons hacks into shows us that there are/were 11 Black Ops projects: 01. Iron Hand, 02. Spectrum, 03. Hourglass, 04. Rubicon, 05. Spearfish, 06. LARX, 07. Outcome, 08. Swordbreaker 09. Emerald Lane, 10. Blackbriar, 11. Treadstone.
  • First Bourne film to not have the franchise's trademark title format of "The Bourne ____". This film is instead called "Jason Bourne", rather than its originally rumored title "The Bourne Deception".
  • Co-writer, executive producer and editor of "Jason Bourne", Christopher Rouse, had previously worked as an editor for The Bourne Identity (2002) and The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  • Jeremy Renner's Bourne movie was supposed to have been released in July 2016 with Justin Lin directing, but after Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass said they were going to make another film, the release date was given to them, as fans would prefer to see the return of Jason Bourne. Renner's second Bourne movie still has no official release date.
  • YouTube channel CinemaSins wrote an open letter to Paul Greengrass and Matt Damonabout how they should make another Bourne movie.
  • The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander.
  • The trailer premiered during Super Bowl 50.
  • This is the third time Matt Damon and Vincent Cassel have appeared in the same movie together. The first two were Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007), where Matt Damon played Linus Caldwell and Vincent Cassel played François Toulour. This is also the third time the city of Las Vegas is used as one of the locations in the setting of the film the two actors appear in.
  • The scene where Bourne checks the locker in a train station was filmed at Woolwich DLR station in Woolwich, London.
  • On July 23 2016, shortly before the British release, MSN.com uploaded a slideshow piece titled "'It's embarrassing': Actors who hate their own movies", accompanied by a picture of Matt Damon. Although this gave the impression that Damon had distanced himself from Jason Bourne (2016), on inspection the quote attributed to him was in fact in relation to an early draft of the script for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007): "I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude [i.e. writer Tony Gilroy]. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing."
  • The film's title, "Jason Bourne", was announced on February 7th, 2016, the same day its first teaser trailer came out.
  • This was the last movie to be shot at the Riviera hotel and casino. Others include Ocean's 11, Bob& Carol & Ted &Alice, Diamonds are Forever, Butterfly, Casino, Showgirls, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Vegas Vacation, Go, 3000 miles to Graceland, Crazy Girls Undercover, 21, The Hangover, Ghost Adventures, and Sky.
  • This will be the first time since The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) that Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne after concluding the Bourne trilogy. It will also be the first time for Paul Greengrass to return at the helm of a Bourne film since the second installment of The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and the concluding installment of The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
  • This will be Alicia Vikander's second spy movie. Her first was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(2015).
  • Paul Greengrass got his inspiration of car chases from William Friedkin who made The French Connection (1971) and other movies with car chases like To Live and Die in L.A.(1985), Jade (1995) and The Hunted (2003) which starred Tommy Lee Jones. Jones also worked with Friedkin on Rules of Engagement (2000) before reuniting on "The hunted".
  • One of three feature films first released in 2016 which star actor Tommy Lee Jones. The movies are Criminal (2016), Jason Bourne (2016), and Mechanic: Resurrection (2016). All three pictures are in the spy/espionage genre.
  • The U.S. Capital building as shown in the movie is covered by scaffolding. In the official trailer at approximately 1:27 they show the building without the scaffolding.
  • At the time the film opened, co-stars Riz Ahmed and Bill Camp were concurrently starring in the HBO mini-series The Night Of (2016). However, they share no scenes in this picture.
  • Alicia Vikander' was in Ex Machina (2015) with Oscar Isaac who played a role in The Bourne Legacy (2012).
  • Second time Paul Greengrass has directed Gregg Henry, after United 93 (2006).
  • The room number that the hotel in Vegas gives Lee when she arrives is 2016, the year the movie was released.
  • Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) says a total of only 288 words - or 45 lines - in the entire movie.
  • When Bourne pulls up the old Treadstone files, the first listing on his record read that he joined "Special Forces Delta." In the original Ludlum novel, David Webb joined the U.S. Special Forces after losing his family to an act of war. He was placed in charge of a "hit-squad" of soldiers who carried out "Operation Medusa." His code name, was "Delta." Half way through the operation, he discovered a mole on his team who was an Australian double agent named "Jason Bourne." Delta confronted Bourne and shot him in the head before his treachery was confirmed. Once it was confirmed, his death was covered up and Bourne's identity became shrouded in mystery; eventually leading David Webb to take up his identity when he joined Treadstone.
  • Jason Bourne doesn't speak until 20 minutes in the film.
  • This film shares plot points and thematic elements with The Bourne Supremacy (2004), some of which are: Bourne's female counterparts being shot and killed from behind during a chase, a prominent CIA department head working closely with a lone operative (asset) against Bourne, Bourne ending up in Berlin, and a car chase with Bourne and the rival operative (in both instances Bourne drives a sedan, while the rival drives a large truck.)
  • For the chase scene on the Las Vegas strip, the recently closed Riviera Hotel and Casino had all of its lights and signs lit up to appear in the SWAT truck crash scene.
  • Many pieces of footage and dialogue in the trailers do not appear in the final film or alternate takes were used. Notable examples are: The final film uses a different take of Bourne's one punch knockout. Nicky does not say, "Just because you remember everything doesn't mean you know everything." New character Craig Jeffers does not say, "Oh my god, that's Jason Bourne."
  • If based on Matt Damon's salary of $25 million from The Martian (2015), each of the 45 lines spoken by him is worth $555,555.
  • Body count: 14. The asset has the most kills - 10.

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