2016 seems to remain the year of disappointments… But honestly, our Jason Bourne movie review, isn’t too bad. In fact, it’s a really entertaining action movie that works very well as a substitute to the blockbuster superhero movies. But comparing this to the original three Bourne films doesn’t really feel right… And even tough it hurts saying it (as a Bourne fan), this film is best compared to The Bourne Legacy…
Set after Bourne’s disappearance in 2007s The Bourne Ultimatum, Julia Styles character Nicky Parsons is set too find Jason Bourne too tell him a dirty secret hidden by Treadstone operatives. As the big baddie of the film we see Tommy Lee Jones. Jones is a great actor and his portrayal is absolutely solid. However, he doesn’t do anything fantastic and I don’t think he’s the best baddie that Jason Bourne has been stood against. On the other hand, we got ourselves Vincent Cassel as this films “Asset”. And when Tommy Lee Jones couldn’t really match the role that so many others have done better, Cassel does. Previous Assets haven’t had this big part of the film and I absolutely love Vincent Cassel as the cold blooded killer out for revenge. Along with the bad guys, we see a wide cast of characters including Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee (very well done performances) as well as Julia Styles reprising her role as Nicky Parsons. Many cast members, but we can all agree that the star is Matt Damon as Jason Bourne himself! Not much must be said except how excellent he does the character once again.
The action scenes are rapidly shot and edited and I can see why this can be disliked. None of my friends who saw the film with me liked the action scenes due to its shaky cam, but if you liked the style and prefer a little bit reality to you’re action, than Jason Bourne is an excellent choice! The movie is directed by Paul Greengrass who also co-wrote and he absolutely does the shaky cam in the best way possible. But even I have to say that it became too much at points.
This movie has a storyline that builds on the happenings in the first three films. I didn’t really get along with it however. It didn’t really bring the same impact as previous story lines and I’m kinda disappointed that there wasn’t more to it than what we were given. There is also some kind of social media thing in this film and it didn’t work… AT ALL! Greengrass does write very good and all dialogue is pretty brilliant, so that’s a plus!
In the end, Jason Bourne is slightly disappointing. As I was expecting it to be the best film of the year, I was heavily let down… Still, the movie isn’t all bad and there is a lot of light to it! Matt Damon does a fantastic Bourne once again and the newcomers are very welcome! I absolutely hope that this franchise will continue, especially as the film hints it against the end! So if you’re into a different type of action movie, Jason Bourne is something for you. It is nowhere as good as the previous three installments starring Damom, but it slays compared to Jeremy Renners garbage spin-off… Oh, I almost forgot, this movie brings back “Extreme Ways” in the end credits so if you love Bourne as I do, I recommend sitting down during the credits as that song is one of many reasons why Bourne is so awesome!
+ Matt Damon as Jason Bourne
+ The new cast members
+ Big and small action sequences
+ Paul Greengrass’s directing and writing
+ Vincent Cassel as “The Asset”
– While good, the action sequences has too much shaky cam
– The storyline
– Social Media side plot
Written by Rikard Gunnarsson