The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne Movie #3)
The Bourne Ultimatum is the third Jason Bourne film. Released in 2007, the film was directed by Paul Greengrass and very loosely (if at all) based on the Robert Ludlum novel (the last Bourne novel written by Ludlum).
Once again, Matt Damon takes on the role of Jason Bourne, the former CIA assassin and amnesiac. The film continues from the previous film, after Bourne's escapes from authorities in Moscow.
Bourne is again forced out of hiding by a British reporter who is researching Operation Blackbriar, a newer version of Project Treadstone headed by Noah Vosen (David Strathairn). The reporter is also researching the "CIA assassin named Jason Bourne." Bourne meets with the reporter, only to realize they are under surveillance by a group of CIA agents, as well as a remaining Treadstone assassin codenamed Paz (Edgar Ramirez). Bourne escapes the attempt on his life, though the reporter is not so lucky.
Jason Bourne is determined to uncover his past, while attempting to survive the CIA's revived hunt for him. Bourne is able to acquire classified documents proving that Blackbriar has targeted U.S. citizens. Pamela Landy (see The Bourne Supremacy) disagreed with Vosen's methods from the start and does not support the new Blackbriar project.
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The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne Movie #2)
The Bourne Supremacy is the second of the Bourne trilogy movies. Released in 2004, the film continues the story of Jason Bourne, after the events of the first movie, the Bourne Identity. This film is very loosely based on Robert Ludlum's novel. The Bourne Supremacy film was directed by Paul Greengrass, written by Tony Gilroy and Brian Helgeland, and produced by Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley.
As mentioned, the Bourne Supremacy continues the story of Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin who suffered severe injuries during a failed mission, which led to psychogenic amnesia. Again, Matt Damon stars in the movie as Jason Bourne. The film also stars Franka Potente as Marie, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, and Julia Stiles.
Subsequently, Bourne exposes Abbott and proves his guilt to Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), the CIA agent responsible for finding Bourne. Bourne has the opportunity to kill Abbott but decides to spare him; Abbott then takes his own life. Bourne travels to Russia and confronts the daughter of his first assassination. After a death-defying car chase, captures the Russian agent who framed him.
In the final scene, Bourne is in New York City, speaking to Landy about the CIA is still looking for him. Landy tells Jason Bourne his real name (David Webb), and Bourne declines her offer to "come in" deciding to go back into hiding.
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The Bourne Identity (Bourne Movie #1)
This is the first of the Bourne movies. Produced in 2002, the film is loosely based on Robert Ludlum's 1980 novel, the Bourne Identity. Staring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, the movie is about an amnesiac deep cover CIA operative attempting to discover his true identity. Jason Bourne, it turns out, is part of project Treadstone, a clandestine project within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
In addition to Matt Damon, the film stars Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Julia Stiles, Clive Owen, and Brian Cox. The Bourne Identity film was directed by Doug Liman and adapted for the screen by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron. Robert Ludlum, author of the first three Bourne novels, died in 2001; however, he is credited as the film's producer along with Frank Marshall.
Bourne learns that the CIA will not stop until they have eliminated him. So, is is forced to leave Marie behind and go after the men who would see him dead. Bourne reverses a Treadstone trap and brings the fight back to his original handlers.
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The Bourne Legacy (Bourne Movie #4)
The Bourne Legacy (also known as Jason Bourne 4) is the fourth Bourne movie, scheduled for release in 2012. Writer/ director Tony Gilroy (the writer behind all three "Bourne" films) will be directing the 4th Bourne movie, as well as writing the script. Tony Gilroy has directed films including Michael Clayton and Duplicity (he received an oscar nomination for Michael Clayton).
However, it looks as though Matt Damon will not be returning to star as Jason Bourne. Damon has said that he would not return for the fourth movie if Paul Greengrass (director of the Bourne Supremacy and the Bourne Ultimatum) was not directing. Matt Damon's words: "Just Paul. I wouldn't do it with anybody else... There's no reason to mess with it, unless you have a really good one to follow it up with."
Damon's decision not to return has created a dilemma, and Gilroy's answer is simple: Don't show Jason Bourne as a character in the Bourne Legacy. That's right! So Gilroy plans for the movie to have a completely different plot from the Bourne Legacy novel (no surprise there), and to have a new lead character.
Says Gilroy: "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 what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road]... This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project. 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... Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into will be rewarded for paying attention. We’re going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas."
So, how can "Jason Bourne 4" (a 4th Bourne movie) work without Jason Bourne? The entire Bourne series is built around this character and his damaged psyche. Well, your guess is as good as ours. It will be interesting to see what Gilroy comes up with.
News about the Bourne Legacy Movie
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The Bourne Movie Soundtrack
The Bourne Trilogy movies are known for their great music. Below you can listen to samples from each of the Bourne film soundtracks (OST). You can also click on the link to download the soundtrack mp3 directly from Amazon.com.
The Jason Bourne Books
Below are links to each of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series books, in order (starting with the Bourne Identity). Hover over each book to get the details. Click on a book to buy it on Amazon.com.