Film Review & Trailer: Jason Bourne

jason bourneThis action-thriller is just what it is, and with a weaker story than previous Bourne movies, you won’t be disappointed if that’s all you’re looking for, says Frances Winston

Directed by: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed

Despite saying that he would not be interested in doing a fourth Bourne movie, Matt Damon has been enticed back to the fold, and conveniently it picks up a few years after his last outing, The Bourne Ultimatum, while 2012’s The Bourne Legacy seems to have conveniently been forgotten.

This sees Bourne still hiding underground, while the CIA continue to hunt him. When his old ally, Nicky Parsons (Stiles) shows up saying she has found some information about his father, he is obviously intrigued. But the agency has been watching her, and she has inadvertently led them to him.

When she is killed, he takes the flash-drive containing the files she spoke of, and has them decrypted, but this only serves to lead them to him once more.

Now on the run again, and trying to find out who was responsible for his father’s death, he finds an unlikely ally in the CIA’s head of Cyber Security, Heather Lee (Vikander). However, the agency director, Dewey (Lee Jones) is determined to destroy the former ‘asset’, and Bourne is forced to keep his wits about him in order to stay alive, as he tries to find some answers.

If you’ve seen the previous offerings, then you know what to expect here. As in the previous films, this takes us all over the globe, and has plenty of big action sequences and chases (for ‘secret agents’ they sure do make their presence felt on the streets).

Damon isn’t really stretched in the role, but turns in a good performance, Lee Jones is something of a cliché here, while Vikander is wasted in a role that could have been far more kick-ass.

However, these movies are not about stunning performances, and fans won’t be disappointed. Greengrass may have something of a formula when it comes to these movies, but ‘if it ain’t broke’ and all that. The story is somewhat weaker than previous offerings, as they had pretty much wrapped up Bourne’s story last time around, but it is really only there to serve as a catalyst for the action scenes.

Unfortunately, this isn’t as thrilling as it thinks it is, and it does drag in parts. When it’s good it’s excellent, but when it’s not, it veers the wrong side of turgid. Overall, this is an enjoyable romp, but it won’t have you on the edge of your seat, and there aren’t enough twists and turns to keep you glued.

Just enjoy it for what it is – an action thriller with lots of style, but little substance – and you won’t be disappointed.

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