JB_header

Jason Bourne: movie review

By on July 23, 2016

It’s been 9 years since actor Matt Damon was Jason Bourne and returning director (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) Paul Greengrass was behind the camera. They made 2 Bourne movies together and jointly decided not to participate in the 4th installment Bourne Legacy in 2012.

Now both are back in 2016 to find out if Jason Bourne is still relevant.

It’s been a while since the events of the 3rd movie. Bourne has fell of the grid, making a living punching people in street fights. Meanwhile on the other side of the planet, an old colleague/agent Nicky Parsons (played by returning actress Julia Stiles) discovers that the CIA has started a new program similar to the one that created super-assassin Jason Bourne. Now Bourne must retrace his steps to find out where it all began, and finally learn the truth about Operation Treadstone, and his father.

Matt Damon can play Bourne in his sleep at this point so no need to talk acting. But I do need to point out that Paul Greengrass needs to invest in a tripod. The shaky camera work did not do this movie any favours. The shaky cam-work didn’t add urgency as much as it was making the movie feel rushed.

Towards the end of the movie, Bourne was made an offer by one of the characters, which I think would have paved new territory for the Bourne franchise…and I’m gonna leave it at that. Jason Bourne is a rehash of the first 3 Bourne films with added details here and there. It had some great elements to it, most importantly a look into whether Jason Bourne the character is relevant in today’s political landscape. If the franchise can be used as a canvas to paint a picture of how heroes like Bourne can make a difference.

Am I willing to sit through another Bourne film? Yes, if they change things up a LOT. The same plot 4 times is not cool. At this point I think someone needs to tell Jason Bourne “dude! the CIA thing, LET IT GO”.

Have you seen Jason Bourne? what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Overall Score

Summary

Is Jason Bourne good? yes • Is it better than Bourne Supremacy? That's for you to decide • Do we rate movies on this site? Yes, and Jason Bourne gets

3.5
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Email this to someone