Jason Bourne is the 5th installment of the Bourne series, 4th movie featuring the titular character Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass who also directed The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum. The original Bourne trilogy is easily my favorite spy action movie, yes, even more than Bond or Mission Impossible. It reunites the star and director that made the series so exciting and gritty; however it doesn’t nearly live up to the original three, which I understand is a tall order because the original ones were so amazing. Jason Bourne definitely has a lot of action with Bourne kicking butt but this movie falls short due to a number of problems with the story, stylistic choices, and repetitiveness.
Matt Damon is still amazing as Jason Bourne he may be 9 years older but he can still beat people to a pulp and make it look cool. Not only that but one of the reasons I loved Matt Damon’s performance in all the movies is that he has this ability to be the stone cold killer assassin but he portrays the tortured and confused man inside convincingly. Even when he does all these inhuman things he still feels very human and relatable. Tommy Lee Jones playing CIA director Dewey is great as this film’s evil government old white guy as well as Alicia Vikander as the CIA Cyber Division head Heather Lee. I’m really starting to love Alicia Vikander as an actress, everything I see her in she’s amazing although she might need a little work on her American accent a little more.
Jason Bourne’s story plays almost exactly like a condensed version of the original trilogy. It doesn’t really try to do anything really new and the one element that they did add they don’t really address it all that well. They try to introduce the whole issue of privacy vs security in the form of the black ops program “Iron Hand” that Bourne is trying to stop. The problem is that it doesn’t go anywhere with it, it literally is just a plot device that our hero needs expose and stop. As far as I can tell there isn’t even any resolution, it leaves many things up in the air seemingly like they want to make more sequels. There were a few other issues I had with this movie, one in particular was the crazy over use of shaky cam. I had such a hard time figuring out what was going on during fight and chase scenes and even just running scenes. Greengrass in the previous two films Supremacy and Ultimatum employed a lot of hand held shaky cam too but it was setup much better and utilized well to create a sense of turbulence and urgency. In this movie it often felt like the camera was just shaken up just to look shaky and didn’t do anything other than kind of make confused and a little sick.
Jason Bourne is a bit of an unnecessary sequel that we didn’t really need it was cool to see Matt Damon as Jason Bourne again because he really kicks ass! However a weak story, some bad camera work and editing make this movie a hard to watch. While it is still better than The Bourne Legacy, unless you’re a die-hard Bourne fan it would be best to pass on this installment unfortunately. Let me know what you think about the movie and which one is you favorite in the series in the comments!