Let me jog everyone’s memory.
Part 1: The Bourne Identity was all about amnesiac Jason assuming the identity of Jason Bourne, trying to get down to solving who he is, where he came from and why he’s being followed by the CIA.
Part 2: The Bourne Supremacy was all about Jason being framed for a crime, and seeking revenge from the people who killed his love interest. We get to know a little bit more about CIA and the Treadstone programs that hires trained people to kill enemy targets.
Part 3: The Bourne Ultimatum was all about Jason being hunted down by Operation Blackbriar, an upgraded version of Treadstone. Jason’s memories become somewhat clear as he begins to find out who recruited him for the CIA.
Part 4: The Bourne Legacy was all about Jason exposing Operation Blackbriar and Treadstone to the public. However, the movie focused on Aaron Cross (not played by Matt Damon) who goes on a hunt to seek chemicals, which we find out he doesn’t need after all. Or something like that
Part 5: Finally, we come to Jason Bourne, the fifth installment in the series. Jason Bourne, in a nutshell, is all about his homecoming for Jason as he seeks to discover who his father was, why he created the CIA program and what role Jason had to play in it.
I won’t get into a whole lot, but let me get out the not so exciting parts out of the way:
- Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones all look so old in the movie. Granted the first part came out in 2002, the fifth part has really shown its age. I swear to God, I don’t want to look Tommy Lee Jones when I grow old!
- Despite the two stand-out action sequences, I felt there was too much cat and mouse chase happening in the middle half of the movie, which slightly dragged the narrative.
- There is nothing new in this part. Yes, Jason is uncovering his past while being confronted by angry CIA operatives who want him dead, but then that’s about it.
Now the good parts:
- Matt Damon is the man! He’s embodied Jason so amazingly well that you cannot picture anyone else playing Jason. He’s subdued, controlled and restrained yet forceful, aggressive and cleverly smart. Loved his acting!
- Alicia Vikander plays Heather who I thought was brilliant in the movie. Awesome acting! She was also in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and has proved her mettle well enough.
- The action sequences- the motorbike chase in Iceland in the opening scene and the massive car showdown on the Las Vegas strip. Pure class action sequences that just forces you to hold your breath!
- I love the idea that the movie is set in a post-Snowden world, with the whole FBI/ CIA and invasion of privacy element going on. Very relevant and current.
Paul Greengrass, the director, has handled the movie well. A story everyone is familiar with, a character everyone loves, an actor who’s very likable and excellent action sequences.
Having said that, I feel just like Jason’s amnesia, we may be forgetting Jason Bourne a few days after having seen it. A good, fun one-time watch.
3 out of 5