Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse
Sequel to: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and kinda The Bourne Legacy
Based on: Robert Ludlum‘s novel (kinda)
Cast: Matt DamonAlicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh, Scott Shepherd
Seen on: 12.8.2016

Ever since he exposed the secret government program that made him what he is, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been in hiding. But his partner Nicky (Julia Stiles) hacked into the CIA and discovered that there are more programs like that and even more information about Bourne’s past than they thought at first. So she contacts him to let him know. Her hacking doesn’t go unnoticed, though. Heather (Alicia Vikander), part of CIA cyber ops, first realizes that Nicky is up to something and when she and CIA director Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) discover that Bourne is involved, they are dead set on finally getting him.

Jason Bourne delivers what you expect from the Bourne Series. So much so that you could simply watch the first film again, instead of this rather tired re-hash of things we’ve all seen before.


Jason Bourne is a great character and it’s been a while that we saw a movie with him at the center, so this would have been the perfect opportunity to make a film that tells a new story somehow. But no. Instead of accepting that Bourne’s search for his identity was finished and doing something new, they instead go, “but wait! there’s more! he also has a middle name!” (That’s only a very small exaggeration.)

Along the way, Nicky is fridged, because the last woman to die for Bourne’s pain was too long ago, and Heather is established as the worst type of woman: a career woman who wants to get ahead at work and who might be clever but ultimately doesn’t realize that she is inferior to the men around her, especially Bourne. (I am kind of surprised that Heather doesn’t offer to fuck Dewey but that’s all that was missing from that particular caricature.) It doesn’t help the portrayal either that apparently somebody told Vikander not to act in this film.

jasonbourne1It’s nothing new that Greengrass is a huge fan of shaky cam and that I hate shaky cam, but it never worked so little for me as it did here. The editing is simply atrocious, making the already exhausting shaking images at times almost incomprehensible and definitely going against a few technical conventions (that were established for a reason).

That being said, Bourne does have its strong moments and Matt Damon is simply great in the role. I just wish his return had come with a decent script and another director.

Bourne 5Summarizing: I’d rather stick with the first film.

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