Next month, Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne, the fifth installment of the popular Bourne action franchise and the sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum. The highly anticipated Universal Pictures’ project marks a creative reunion as Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum, returns to call the shots from a script that he co-wrote with Christopher Rouse – which Damon helped to develop.
While we still don’t know too much about the movie’s plot, the recent TV spots have helped to shed some light on Bourne’s motivations to return after his disappearance several years earlier, in addition to sharing a glimpse into the primary conflict and catalyst of the story. And, in view of the fast-approaching release date, Universal Pictures has released another 30-second TV spot (watch it above), which offers a rip-roaring recipe of high-octane sequences, a dash of some daring stunts, all wrapped up within layers of conspiracy, mystery and intrigue for the ultimate all-action summer blockbuster.
With Bourne being drawn out of the shadows, the new clip primarily focuses on the confrontation between the super assassin and Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), who is clearly being established as Jason Bourne’s central antagonist. When the two characters come face to face, their motivations are revealed – while Bourne is on a mission to expose the atrocities of the CIA’s black ops program, after he volunteered his services “because of a lie”; Dewey, who is a seasoned member of the CIA, is armed with the knowledge of Bourne’s past, which he will undoubtedly use as a weapon in his attempts to eliminate him.
In addition to the TV spot, Universal has released a new international poster for Jason Bourne (hat tip CMB). The one-sheet showcases Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander’s mysterious character above an explosive Las Vegas scene filled with disaster and destruction. Check it out below:
Fans of the Bourne franchise will recognize some reassuring similarities between the forthcoming feature and its predecessors. Most notably from everything that we have seen so far, Greengrass appears to be working with the classic cat-and-mouse trope, with Bourne and Dewey immersing as the key players this time around. At the same time, they seem to have nailed the tone and the tempo of series, which will hopefully serve to deliver all of the skull-crushing thrills amid a finely tuned, intelligent storyline.
We remain hopeful that Jason Bourne will live up to our expectations, even though the forecast on sequels at the box office has been pretty bleak so far this year – with movies such as Alice Through the Looking Glass, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and X-Men: Apocalypse struggling to leave an impact on cinema-going audiences, and prompting us to ask: Will Bourne’s next chapter be able to score an exceptional victory in a summer of sequel discontent?
Jason Bourne opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016.