Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Styles, Alicia Vikander
The Bourne Trilogy is up there as one of my all time favourite trilogies. It came out at a perfect time for me, and since then I have rewatched countless times and still hugely entertained by these movies. I was very excited when I had heard that Greengrass would direct the latest in the series, and hoped that it would live up to the previous three.
Jason Bourne begins very promising, we are introduced and reintroduced to characters well, and begin finding a sense of similarity with the filming style and story build up. Within the first thirty minutes we witness an incredible chase scene during a riot on a motorbike, it is frenetic and high-octane, everything I expected to see from a Bourne movie. Bourne gets brought back into the learning-about-himself revenge story we are so familiar with, but this is where the film grinds to a halt, and ultimately becomes the lesser of the four Bourne movies (Bourne Legacy not included here, for good reasons)
The alternate plot of this movie involving CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) concerns a social media platform which the CIA are using to feed information to them. There wasn’t one moment during these scenes where I felt interested in the storyline, it felt too out of place in the Bourne story for it to hold friction and most importantly, I did not care. I care about Bourne, and that is it. Whenever this story was developing the whole pace of the movie slows down, which is completely against the writing style of the original three.
This Bourne movie should not have been about a new CIA programme, social media or post-snowdon fear. It should have been Jason Bourne chasing down his own past, finding out more answers and thus giving me satisfaction that I know more about Bourne that what I previously did. The 100 mph pace that the Bourne franchise is best known for is just not evident here and this is absolutely disappointing for me.
But, not all is lost. The action scenes in this movie are once again superb. The initial chase scene as mentioned before, a few fight scenes and a final car chase were all shot in Greengrass’ signature shakey-cam style and he executes it in style. One silver lining to take from this extension of the trilogy.
Perhaps now we will see the end of Bourne, and I know looking forward that I will always know Bourne as just a trilogy, and I am happy with that.