By Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weiz
Tony Gilroy was one of the creative forces behind the plots for the first three Bourne movies.
The franchise was hugely successful, taking almost $1 billion at the worldwide box office, so number four was always going to be on the cards. Original director Paul Greengrass hummed and ha’d, and Matt Damon, Bourne himself, was in the running to star in the fourth outing but pulled out when Greengrass finally announced he would not be directing the latest instalment. Gilroy has stepped up to the plate and is co-writer as well as director for this hugely anticipated summer movie. We revisit the blockbuster series, still named after Jason Bourne but with a new key character in the shape of Aaron Cross (Renner), who starred in ‘The Hurtlocker’.
The movie’s trailer asserts: “Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg”, and as Albert Finney reprises his role as Dr Albert Hirsch, the doctor who created the Treadstone programme, we can expect to visit some familiar territory. But Cross does not suffer from amnesia; he is not a man on a mission to discover who he is and what he has done. Cross willingly hands himself over to the agency that created Bourne, but finally he finds himself on the run. Why? And will we find out more about the mysterious Government project? Expect high octane excitement and some great set pieces as Cross tries to outwit the agency operatives who are after him. A top cast and a director who knows the Bourne story inside out should make this a must-see for Bourne fans.