[Spoiler Free] Jason Bourne Review: Born to Fight
It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.
Jason Bourne is back and again as usual, all over the world, to uncover government secrets, taking out bad guys, one by one. Jason Bourne, Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), Asset (Vincent Cassel), Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), and Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) all played pivotal roles in driving the plot forward.
Matt Damon once again brings Jason back into the spy world with a brand new take on what’s driving Jason Bourne. In past films, we see a performance where Jason is driven by a mission to uncover who he is. But since he figured that out, sort of, Matt Damon approaches this character in a new light, that shines on a more less motivated Jason Bourne, just living his life beating heads in at illegal fighting matches. Other than that, we still get the same approach to Bourne, a quiet calculating man trying to do the right thing and remember his past. Matt Damon once again did a good job in portraying Jason Bourne with a different mindset to him.
Tommy Lee Jones
It was fun seeing Tommy Lee Jones join the franchise, but nothing seemed to be added that stood out in the film. Playing the director of the CIA is right up Jones’s alley and he did a good job at it, but his character didn’t really stand out other than the different ways he drove the plot forward.
Who I believe is an up and coming star in the making, Alicia Vikander gives a solid performance as Heather Lee, being intelligent and continuously plotting her own moves. She does a great job in portraying a self motivated agent, driving the plot forward. All in all, not her greatest performance and she doesn’t stand out that much, but was fun to see interact with the different characters.
Vincent Cassel stood out the most to me as the Asset from the first time we see him on screen. Different from the other assets in previous films, he has more story to him and somewhat of a character development that makes his screen time more interesting than past Assets. Making his encounters with Jason Bourne even more interesting. Cassel did a great job bringing the same type of villain in the Bourne series to a new and dark light, if that makes any sense.
Julia Stiles steps back into the franchise bringing Nicky Parsons into a darker tone, with a bit more toughness to her that is cool to see, given her last portrayals were more towards damsel in distress. She did a great job in bringing in a performance that help drive the story and it was fun seeing her and Damon back on screen together.
The film was fun to watch and I was entertained, it had its slow moments and I can understand some of it with having to set up the story. This film brings back everything fans of the franchise loves and more, it is a contender with the previous films. I liked the story that took place from beginning to end and I was left smiling when the credits rolled. Of course, there are some things that I didn’t like about the film. One being that the shaky cam has come back in full effect. If you weren’t a fan of the way the previous films were shot, then you will be disappointed in the way this one is shot too. The action scenes are filled with a lot of quick shots and shaky cam, and it was hard to follow at certain points. Another thing that stood out to me was that some of the editing and shot choices seemed wrong and I found myself disagreeing with what was used for the film.
Who Should See It
If you are a fan of the franchise, then you should see the movie. I think it was a good movie, not my favorite Bourne movie, but it is fun to watch and I had a great time doing it. It’s rated PG-13 and I would caution bringing little kids coming to see this. But in general I believe young adults and up can enjoy it.
7/10 – I really liked the film, it did have its slow moments and some issues with shots and editing, but over all I liked the reintroduction of Jason Bourne and the journey he is on. I was left wanting a sequel to whatever they have cooked up for us next. This is a BLU RAY BUY for me.
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