Soundtrack Review: Jason Bourne

Soundtrack Review: Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Jason Bourne by John Powell & David Buckley.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 85.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 24.6
Album Excellence: 44%

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Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones & Alicia Vikander. It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power. The score is composed by John Powell & David Buckley.

It’s been 9 years since the last time we saw Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, but now the gang is back together with Paul Greengrass at the helm. Should be fun! You probably remember The Bourne Legacy which didn’t have Mat Damon or John Powell scoring it, and it felt very different. Now the Bourne scores by Powell certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I’ve had some problems with them myself, but they became better with each film and Supremacy and Ultimatum was quite good. Then Greengrass and Powell did Green Zone and showed how it should have been done. I’m hoping that they use that energy and mix it with some old themes and nostalgia for a super fun listening experience. And sure enough, nostalgia here I come. The score opens with ‘I Remember Everything’ and we are thrown right in the deep end with the classic Bourne theme. I wonder if we get to hear the “Bourne Riff” as well, that’s my favorite. One thing that Green Zone did better than the early Bourne scores was the percussion. It felt heavier, more, bigger, and in the opening cue we get just that. Maybe not the same energy as Green Zone, but I loved it. I wonder what Buckley will contribute to the score. I remember he did an excellent score to the Call Of Duty franchise and I hope he brings that energy to the Bourne franchise. ‘Backdoor Breach’ is more tight action scoring and I still feel the fun. This could be very good.

In ‘Converging Athens’ we hear a variant of the famous “Bourne Riff”, and that’s a great sign. I hope to hear the whole thing, front and centre, in future cues, bigger and better. It arrives again in ‘Flat Assault’ and a couple of other cues. I must say I’m having a lot of fun with this score early on. The energy is very different, specially compared to the first Bourne score. This is relentless action scoring from the start. The early Bourne scores didn’t have the fun factor on an all-time high, and it was due to some cues just dragging the tempo down and unfortunately something happens after ‘Motorcycle Chase’. ‘A Key To The Past’ and ‘Berlin’ is sadly a blast from the past in that regard, but they aren’t bad cues, but after getting all that exciting action, it’s letting me down. The score takes me back though. Some cues like ‘Las Vegas’ and particularly ‘Paddington Plaza’ have that “Bourne” feel, so fans of the old scores will no doubt be pleased with that. Personally, I’m happy with that as well but after ‘Motorcycle Chase’ the score is going too far back and it almost becomes boring. Still, despite it’s drop in quality it’s possibly the best Bourne score so far but still no Green Zone, not even close.

1. I Remember Everything
2. Backdoor Breach
3. Converging In Athens
4. Motorcycle Chase
8. Flat Assault
13. Strip Chase

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Jason Bourne, 7.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings


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