Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free film reviews.
It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), the CIA’s most dangerous former operative, walked away from the agency that trained him. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find him. Because poking a sleeping bear is always a good idea…
Jason Bourne is the 5th Bourne film and the 4th with Matt Damon. The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross was an okay film, but it was very much lacking in soul. It felt very much like a money grab from the film studios and just generally felt hollow. It’s great to see Matt Damon back playing Bourne again, the role seem so natural for him now. I would be very interested in seeing both characters meet at some point in a future film though.
I’ve always enjoyed the original Bourne trilogy. Back in 2002 the more raw, realistic and gritty film style changed the game. Its a style that has been since copied across all genres these days. Even the almighty James Bond franchise heavily borrowed a piece of the action.
I really enjoyed the film, but when you stop and think about it. The plot of the franchise is starting to get a little ridiculous now. Suddenly we learn that Bourne’s father was heavily involved in the program. How many more twists and turns can one man possibly uncover? How much more personal can this get? I’m pretty sure the next film will reveal that his Mother and aunt were involved too, then his cat and pet hamster as well!
My only real complaint about this film is the shaky cam. Now I know, I know it’s a main staple of the Bourne Franchise but it’s just over the top at times. If it gets to the point where I can’t tell whats going on, I stop to care. It’s literally that simple. It’s particularly bad in the final car chase. I actually found it hard to watch because there were so many cuts and movements. In the end, I wanted to shut my eyes just because I couldn’t focus. That’s not how I want the climax of an enjoyable film to be!
Shaky cam complaints aside, this new addition to the Bourne franchise is another good film. It’s very enjoyable and it’s cool to see Matt Damon doing his thing again. Worth a watch.
Verdict: Thumbs Up