Bourne to Drive: Car Chases of the Jason Bourne Series
While James Bond is content to woo us across the pond in crisply tailored suits and some of the most expensive vehicles alongside some of the most gorgeous actresses in show business, Jason Bourne gives audiences a taste of the darker side of espionage action. Since 2002 the American amnesiac superspy, played by Matt Damon, has traversed the globe not just in search of his memories but a justice he feels is long overdue from rogue elements of his own government. The series is renowned for its scathing political and social commentary and its groundbreaking approach to Hollywood-budgeted action sequences, chief among them: the car chases.
In preparation for the upcoming installment of this franchise, we’ve decided to take a look at the vehicular centerpieces.
The Bourne Identity (2002): The Mini Car Chase through Paris
The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Bourne & Maria in Goa; Bourne and Kirrill’s Car Chase Through Moscow
The 1st sequel, Supremacy, opened with Bourne and Marie living a quiet life in Goa, India. That peace was interrupted after he was framed and targeted for assassination by a Russian operative named Kirill (Karl Urban), who shows up in Goa to eliminate Bourne. Like any action hero is wont to do in this situation, Bourne runs to his truck and races through town to protect the woman he loves. Kirill quickly chases the couple through the narrow of India, struggling as Bourne outmaneuvers him at every turn. Kirill then levels the playing field by shooting them at a distance, crashing their car into a river and killing Marie.
Luckily Bourne took his revenge rather quickly in arguably the most sprawling and destructive vehicle sequence of the franchise as Bourne and Kirill chase each other through Moscow at the climax. With Bourne making do with the beat-up yellow cab (he can never have nice things), Kirill is close behind with a new Mercedes G-Wagon. In classic Bourne-style, the underdog comes on top, shooting out one of Kirill’s tires before jackknifing the Russian agent has him pinned against the pillar of a traffic tunnel.
Bourne Ultimatum (2007): Paz vs. Bourne in New York City
Jason Bourne (2016): Viva Las Vegas