Bourne is back, but sadly not better than ever.
Jason Bourne is the 4th installment in the Matt Damon led Bourne series, with Damon returning to reprise his role as Jason Bourne, as well as Paul Greengrass returning as director. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Julia Stiles.
Jason Bourne takes place a decade after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. Bourne, having fully recovered from his amnesia, has disappeared and now lives an independent lifestyle engaging in illegal fighting rings. Nicky Parsons (Stiles), meanwhile, hacks into the CIA's mainframe, and uncovers more information regarding Bourne and the Treadstone program. She sets out to find Jason, while CIA director Robert Dewey (Jones) and CIA cyber head Heather Lee (Vikander) order a manhunt to find Bourne and Parsons.
In a summer full of disappointing movies, there was reason to believe that Jason Bourne could come out to be one of the summer's best, particularly because of Matt Damon making his return to the Bourne film series after a near ten year hiatus. While Bourne does once again bring the thrills and espionage we've come to expect, the film is,unfortunately, unable to shake itself from turning out to be more of the same. With the exception of Identity, the film follows a little too closely the same pattern seen in Supremacy and Ultimatum. Bourne starts the film off in a far-away country, then something happens to get him caught back up with his past. From there, he goes from Point A to Point B and so on, learning Facts H, I, and J, while also trying to locate suspicious persons X, Y, and then Z, with some action sequences mixed in between.
- The entire action sequence that takes place in Las Vegas. I am not referring to just the big car chase down the Las Vegas strip (which is the best scene in the entire film), but everything else that goes on once Bourne arrives on the scene. The kinetic energy and frantic pacing provide the most recent example as to how the Bourne series is still top-notch when it comes to thrills and action.
- Matt Damon's return to the role of Jason Bourne. Damon is still extremely suitable for the role of Bourne, continuing to match his intelligence, physicality, and ability to think on his feet. Bourne is more intriguing this time around though, acting more as a silent go-getter, as opposed to being more inquisitive and tactful in the first three films. He has quite a limited number of lines, and when Damon speaks them, they're usually just a few words. Nonetheless, Damon is still able to convince us why his character is still worth caring about, as well as still knowing how to throw a good punch when danger strikes.
- As mentioned before, Jason Bourne has a difficult time trying not to feel like more of the same. Bourne goes from location to location, meets suspicious person after suspicious person, and learns new fact after new fact, a formula used primarily in Supremacy and Ultimatum that has now started to grow tiresome. Just when we thought we had all the answers after Ultimatum, the film tells us there is still more to learn about, and spends nearly all of its two hour runtime leaking out what this additional information is (which isn't even really that much at the end of the day). Bourne seems to now be stuck in an endless Scooby-Doo episode. No matter how many clues we uncover, something else pops up to keep the mystery afloat. After four films, we are starting to really grow impatient about the entire truth regarding Bourne's history.
Jason Bourne isn't a complete disappointment in the way that other summer-time 2016 action-filled films like Independence Day: Resurgence and X-Men: Apocalypse were, but it leaves a lot more to be desired, especially for the most avid of Bourne fans.The thrills and espionage are just as strong and well-done as ever (especially the Las Vegas car chase), but the questions regarding Bourne's past are starting to wear thin, and the information provided to us is becoming less convincing. If Bourne is to come back yet again (hopefully along with Matt Damon), a different premise should be requirement number one.
Recommend? Yes, but make sure the information from the first three films (Legacy doesn't apply) is fresh in your mind
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