Rating: 8 out of 10
The Bourne series of movies, beginning with The Bourne Identity, are the story of Jason Bourne and his search for his identity after suffering amnesia, based on the series of books by Robert Ludlums.
In a ferocious storm in the Mediterranean, a man is found by a fishing trawler floating in the water, with two bullet holes in his back and bank account details embedded in his skin. He wakes, only to find that he has no idea who he is, what he was doing when he was shot, where he lives. He recalls nothing about his life. This man is Jason Bourne.
Upon reaching land and travelling to the bank account in Switzerland, he discovers piles of money of all currencies, a collection of his fake passports and a gun. It turns out that Bourne is a CIA operative and highly trained assassin, who failed his last mission and is now being hunted down by his former employees.
The movies are fast paced from the very start and keep up the blistering pace throughout the entire series, meaning that there is always tension, always a sense of danger surrounding Bourne as he seeks to discover who he is and who he used to work for, despite the best efforts of the American intelligence community.
Matt Damon is, as always, convincing and generally excellent in the lead role of Jason Bourne, in fact, the third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, is the highest grossing movie in which he stars. In the most recent movie, Damon is replaced, as Bourne is no longer the main character in The Bourne Legacy, by Jeremy Renner, who does a good job as Aaron Cross. However, the final movie is the worst of the Bourne series, although it is still a reasonably good film.
The engaging plot as Bourne searches for his identity and purpose, combined with the constant white knuckle action make the movies absorbing watches, that I certainly recommend if you're looking for a thrill ride from start to finish.
Looking forward, it has been confirmed that a Bourne 5 is being planned, again starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, which is expected to be released in summer 2016.