Maaaaaaatt Daaaaaaaamon is back again for some more Bourne goodness, and this time, it’s in 4K UHD. Will he forget who he is again? Is he the patriot we both need AND deserve? Let’s delve in and figure it out.
The Movie Itself (4/5)
Having made his escape from the evil handlers of the CIA, Jason Bourne has been doing ring fighting far from the prying eyes of the US government. So it comes to Bourne’s great surprise that Nicky Parsons (who you will remember from past iterations of the franchise) has sought him out to help her out the government’s dirty deeds. Of course, to draw him from his seclusion she dangles some more pieces of his past in front of his nose like a proverbial carrot on a stick.
The two immediately find themselves in a danger game of cat and mouse against the most technologically advanced agencies the world has to offer, and this game is as dangerous as they come. Time is also a factor as they rush to divulge to the public the privacy leaks that are happening under their very noses.
As with the other Bourne movies, the real draw here is the future (or is it?) technology and high thrill chases and action scenes. Jason Bourne offers it’s fair share of action, but at this point in the series, it struggles to show us anything as new and shiny as we would hope. Bourne’s propensity to look down and away from any and all security cameras is still badass, but we can only see it so many times before it loses it’s luster.
Having said that, the story is relevant to the times, as it brings about the discussion of digital privacy at a time where we really should all be discussion such topics. The action is still satisfying, even if we’ve seen a lot of it before. Similarly, Matt Damon is still the same old Jason Bourne, but he does so in a kick ass way as usual.
In the end, Jason Bourne is another fairly satisfying venture into the fight between Bourne and the government, and it is good to have Damon back in the lead role, but I’m not entirely sure that this series can or should go on much longer. I think Bourne has deserved to live his life in peace, away from the prying eyes of the masses.
Visuals/Picture Quality (5/5)
While not as visually stunning as an animated film or constant explosions, Jason Bourne looks fantastic on 4K. Sadly I don’t have a Blu-ray copy to compare to, but even without a comparison the movie looks objectively great here. Lots of details and textures are almost tangible, even in the plentiful shaky camera action scenes. The colors stand out quite well in HDR, and this film has a surprisingly diverse color palette.
Score/Audio Quality (5/5)
Jason Bourne sounds great in your home theater. There are a great deal many action sequences where the surround comes into play and the effects are just plain fun to listen to. Lots of satisfying gunshots and some of the most iconic music in the genre all add up to a great listen. The dialog is never lost in this mix too, which is commendable.
Special Features (3.5/5)
With a combined total of about an hour, the special features are interesting, but nothing that would sell a disc. These are included on the Blu-ray disc only, and are fairly standard behind the scenes style featurettes. However, if you liked the film a lot or are a big Bourne fan, these will surely entertain.
- Bringing back Matt Damon as Bourne
- Bare-Knuckle Boxing
- Close Quarters Combat
- Underground Rumble
- The Athens Escape
- Convention Chaos
- Shutting Down the Las Vegas Strip
The 4K UHD version that I am reviewing today comes in the standard sleek looking black UDH case with a shiny slipcover that matches the art on the single sided sleeve in the case. Inside, you find the Blu-ray and UHD copies of the film with (again) matching art. You also get an insert with the UV copy.
While this release doesn’t wow you or stand out too far from the crowd, it does look quite good, and it’s always appreciated having art on the discs. Most of the 4K releases I’ve been seeing lately have had the most generic of discs that feature only the film title on the reflective disc.
Also, as a fan of slipcovers, I have to say that I am on the fence when it comes to 4K slips. I don’t know if it’s the materials used or the shape of them, but I feel that they show wear and tear exceptionally quickly. That might just be my experience though.
- Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Dolby DTS X
- Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
4K set has 2 discs (1UHD and 1BD)
Runtime 123 Mins
Fans of the series will rejoice that Damon has returned, but at this point in the series the action is starting to get a bit played out. Regardless, Jason Bourne is a perfectly decent action flick that features a character that many know and love. If you’re a fan of the big budget Hollywood action films, this is likely a no brainer pickup.
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