Jason Bourne is a fictional character developed by the author Robert Ludlum for the Bourne movies and novels. The Bourne Movies have been released in series and are of action spy thriller genre. The lead character Jason Bourne suffers from acute STML (short-term memory loss) and he has to figure out his identity.
Matt Damon is featured as the chief character in the movie. Till date, five sequences of the Bourne Movies has appeared. Matt Damon didn’t appear in the fourth installment- The Bourne Legacy (2012) which introduces another main character with the name Aaron Cross portrayed by Jeremy Renner. Bourne again returns in the fifth installment titled Jason Bourne (2016). The plot adaption is from the novels of Ludlum.
The Bourne Movies have till date received all positive reviews by the critics. It is very much appreciated critically for its notable action and stunt work in the era of computer-generated imageries. The series has successfully grossed over $1.6 billion over years at the box office.
Jason Bourne the chief protagonist of the series works for Central Intelligence Agency as a Foreign Service Officer. Jason suffers from extreme memory loss problem and is actually trying to find out his identity. The series includes adaptions from almost fourteen movies written by Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader.
Let us have a look at the Bourne Movies without further ado. The movies are in a sequential order.
5. Jason Bourne (2016)
This is the last released part of the Bourne Movies. The plot shows Nicky Parson gaining sensitive information of CIA. She contacts Bourne to share the same about how Bourne was recruited and how his father was connected with the mission. Bourne plans to revenge his father’s death while he is being hunted with Parsons by the CIA director, Robert Dewey. Bourne meets his CIA recruiter to know about his father’s death. Meanwhile, the CIA Cyber Operation Division head wants to bring Bourne back to the forces, Dewey allows her with an intention to kill Bourne. Jason plans to avenge from Dewey. A subplot also continues. Jason received the Empire Award for best thriller and the movie was nominated for various categories.
4. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment to the Bourne Movies series. The character Bourne does not appear in this installment. Another important character Aaron Cross. Jason Bourne is shown in the archival footage. The missing character of Jason had an impact on the film’s gross. The movie grossed well but not as good as its prequels. The box office grossing was around $276 million over a budget of $126 million.
3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Bourne Ultimatum was again a high grossing Bourne movie. It had the essence like other Bourne Movies that of action and thrill accompanied by high voltage drama. Matt is again seen in the signature character of Jason Bourne. Jason learns in The Bourne Ultimatum that a British Journalist is conducting an inquiry into his past. Bourne is now on target by Operation Blackbriar because of the Blackbriar head, Noah Vosen is of the notion that Jason Bourne is now a threat and wants to revenge. Pamela Landy supports Bourne after getting classified documents which proved that Noah has been targeting US citizens. Pamela disagreed with the Operation Blackbriar and its existence. Bourne also comes across a Treadstone technician- Nicky Parsons who is believed to have an infatuation for Bourne before his memory loss. Bourne further ends exposing Blackbriar and Treadstone and goes underground again.
2. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
After the success of the first part, an addition was made to the Bourne Movies list. The Bourne Supremacy shows the Jason Bourne’s life after two years of discovering that Jason is a CIA trained assassin. Jason records every incident in a notebook now. Again, an attempt is made on Jason’s life when he is with Marie in India which results in Marie’s death. Bourne now believes that the CIA is after him again and decides to hunt Marie’s killers and his problem of memory loss. Eventually, Bourne discovers that Ward Abbott a man who saw Bourne’s CIA assassins’ training had fled with millions from CIA. Ward plans to frame a plot which indicates that Bourne was behind the theft and he was the one behind Marie’s death. On knowing the plan, Bourne decides to expose Abbott to the CIA officer in charge of fetching Bourne- Pamela Landy. Later Abbott kills himself and Bourne comes to Moscow where he tries to find the daughter of a Russian family who was killed in his first mission. Bourne finds the girl and informs her that her parents were murdered and it was not a suicide. Later, Bourne goes undercover again.
The stunts of the movie were praised and it won awards and nominations as well.
1. The Bourne Identity (2002)
The action thriller is the first of Bourne Movies series. The film was a blockbuster grossing around $214 million over a budget of $60 million. The plot shows the protagonist floating in the Mediterranean Sea. Jason Bourne (not revealed yet) has two gunshots on his back. The man is also carrying a Swiss safe deposit box. When the man reaches the shore, he assumes his name by looking at his passport as Jason Bourne. Jason finds some other assorted passports in the safe deposit box, currencies in large number and a gun. The chief character suffering from short-term memory loss tries to uncover his identity. He frequently encounters attempts on life by Central Intelligence Agency assassins. Later he comes to know that once he was a CIA assassin too but has failed to finish his recent mission. Bourne then reunites with a woman who helps him with the identity and helps him remember the recent actions which he did prior to memory loss. Bourne also breaks all his connections with the CIA. The conflict with Cia reaches to peak when Bourne decides to take the fight doorstep. The movie won a World Stunt Award, American Choreography Award and an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award. The movie was also nominated for various accolades.