| The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
The original Bourne trilogy of Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum were brilliant displays in effective storytelling and great action. Jason Bourne, however, isn’t quite as proficient in both of those areas. On the one hand, it’s action-packed to the brim, and provides for a hugely entertaining watch, but on the other, it’s a disappointment as far as bringing yet another intriguing and truly thrilling mystery to life is concerned.
The enthralling mysteries and gradual revelations about Jason Bourne’s past were what really separated this series from any other spy thriller. In this movie, however, everything felt a lot more generic, with a much bigger emphasis on action than clever storytelling and patient, gradual character and plot development. Unfortunately, it’s that what makes Jason Bourne look pale in comparison to the original trilogy, and those who are expecting yet another engrossing and intelligent thriller will be slightly disappointed. But come on, Bourne is all about one thing – great action – and this one didn’t disappoint at all.
“Remembering everything doesn’t mean you know everything.”
Sure, it’s not the work of storytelling geniuses, but if you’re the sort of person who can turn their brain off for two hours and watch wall-to-wall action and explosions, then this film will have you in dreamland. There are some pretty intense chase sequences, and again the really close hand-to-hand fights are captivating. For me though, some of Rouse’s insanely quick camera editing and Ackroyd’s over-the-top shaky cam did spoil it slightly in places. The Vegas car chase is one of the best action scenes this year, but because it sometimes cuts so quickly it’s hard to see exactly what’s happening.
Matt Damon shines as Bourne; he is a world- class leading man and action hero with a physicality and determination that elevates the action to the highest level. Julia Stiles returns to the series with a vengeance in a pivotal and emotional plot-driving role while a new supporting cast-members Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones deliver excellent performances as Bourne’s antagonists. Vikander offers an empowering performance as a strong, driven and intelligent female adversary for Bourne to rival Joan Allen from Supremacy and Ultimatum.
Overall, the disappointing thing was the story. It’s not a horrifically dull film (not at all), and there are a few details that relate right the way back to The Bourne Identity. But something special needed to happen to bring Bourne back, and the surveillance plot has been used a lot recently in action movies. It’s a fairly predictable story, but the amazing action kept me engaged to the end. If you are a fan of the Bourne franchise like I am, I tell you don’t miss out on this sequel. It’s still loads of fun.