Cert: 12A Runtime: 123 mins Director:Paul Greengrass Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed and Tommy Lee Jones
I remember. I remember everything
After the terrible Bourne Legacy! Matt Damon has returned to the Bourne franchise along with the shaky cam professional Paul Greengrass. I have never been the biggest fan of this franchise but any time Matt Damon makes a movie I’ll give it a whirl. So what is Jason Bourne about? Having discovered his true identity at the end of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason has gone off the grid. But an unexpected sequence of events involving former associate Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) compel him to come out of hiding and embark on a relentlessly exciting global journey, one that may lead to him to ever-more important revelations about his identity.
Jason Bourne was most definitely a Bourne film! But not with enough Bourne in it (Gareth Edwards Godzilla style!). It’s a decent movie don’t get me wrong, but it was far too preachy about privacy. It truly is the hot topic of our modern age but there is no need to gush it down the audience’s throat. Paul Greengrass was rather tame with his shaky cam here, but he is really good at directing action. The Athens and Vegas scenes in particular were fantastic, well executed and edited! This is a fast paced film with a few bumps on the way. Matt Damon and Vincent Cassel are excellent in the action scenes. Alicia Vikander was a good addition to the film, she was very monotone but I think it was to do with her character. It was always good to see Tommy Lee Jones in a movie, but it wasn’t anything special. The character of Jason Bourne is not that interesting of a character, however, which is not the fault of Matt Damon but Jason Bourne looking for his past life is getting old. There is apparently some closure for Bourne and perhaps Bourne will be able to find new motivations now.