The newest adventure starring Jason Bourne hits theaters this weekend. However, since it's been almost a decade since the last installment, and 14 years since it all started, it's possible we could all use a refresher. While a two-minute trailer can't possibly be long enough to give you all the details of three movies, the "Ultimate Franchise" trailer gives you the basic rundown so you won't be seeing Jason Bourne entirely in the dark. Check it out.
While the intricacies of the Bourne films can get pretty dense and convoluted over the course of three films, the basics are actually pretty simple, as this trailer shows. Jason Bourne is rescued floating in the Mediterranean Sea. He doesn't remember anything prior to the moment he regained consciousness. Over time he discovers he was part of a covert CIA program focused on assassination. He tried to live a normal life, but then the woman he loved died, and back Bourne went, digging into his past, and that of people who turned him into the killing machine that he is.
It's been nine years since we got a Jason Bourne movie. In the movies' timeline, it's actually been even longer since the character has been seen, since The Bourne Ultimatum picks up immediately after the events of the previous film. Still, it seems that not everything is on the up and up at the CIA. While Bourne now remembers everything about himself, he doesn't necessarily know everything about those who helped make him, which is where the new film, simply titled Jason Bourne, comes in.
Both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have returned to make this new entry, after both previously have said they were done with the franchise. Damon has promised that this film will actually go even deeper than The Bourne Ultimatum into the character's history and that it will truly finish the journey that began with The Bourne Identity.
Having said that, everybody is very careful to not call this movie the end of the series. There surely seems to be a desire to keep Jason Bourne going from here. An attempt to keep the franchise alive with a different actor in 2012, with Jeremy Renner's The Bourne Legacy, did not resonate with audiences the way that the main series did. Originally, the plan was to release a sequel to Legacy around now, but those plans were put on hold when Damon agreed to return. Reports have continually stated that there are plans to make more films with Renner's character of Aaron Cross. At the same time, Renner has made it clear he'd like to see a crossover film at some point.
Who will be giving themselves a refresher course on the Bourne trilogy before Jason Bourne hits theaters this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
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