Jason Bourne

We’ve had Identity, Supremacy, and Legacy; is this Deficiency?


Yes, we are but two days away from the great unveiling of my very first vlog, but here’s something to keep you busy until then. After all, I still want to keep up writing reviews, so it is probably best if I keep practising.

This ‘Pick’ is going to be a short review because I am devoting most of my time to scripting, recording, and editing. Trying to hit the deadline is going to be hard work, but I hope the end product will be pleasing to you all.

Enough idle chit-chat – I have a video to attend to! Let’s get down to business on Jason Bourne.

Spoilers are in black: Enjoy!

PLOT: Jason Bourne is living the retired, in-hiding life. That is until ex-field agent, Nicky Parsons, gains never-before-known knowledge from hacking into the CIA. Bourne returns to espionage again to find out more about his father’s untimely death and uncovers deadly corruption in the CIA in the process.

I enjoy the Bourne franchise. Bourne, America’s James Bond, does not come off as a knock-off imitation of any other movie spy. I especially enjoy the thought that goes into the franchise’s car chases, fight scenes, and corruption of America’s intelligence services.

Jason Bourne appears to be lacking in these qualities. For example, the fistfights suffer from the dreaded shaky-cam. While the shots cleverly give the audience enough visual information to know who’s getting hurt and where weapons drop, it is a shame that this nauseating style of cinematography persists in every battle, especially when there are so many great fights in the franchise.

The plot does start to gain more interest as the movie progresses. The mystery as to what Parsons has discovered brings some well-needed tension (I also appreciate the bold move of ‘The Asset’ climatically killing Parsons in the impressive motorcycle chase), and playing with the topical subject of privacy on social media platforms garnered my interest. However, it ended up just slowly deflating into a generic revenge story.

Another problem also lies with the role of the CIA. In Bourne Identity, Operation Treadstone had some terrifying resources which always seemed to be right behind Bourne wherever he turns. In Jason Bourne, he has a link within the CIA, giving him an advantage, and only has two enemies to ‘defeat’.

Tommy Lee Jones is great as corrupt CIA Director Robert Dewey, but he appears to have his back against the wall throughout the whole movie; he is losing a grip on his power, and it’s showing. Vincent Cassel’s ‘The Asset’ has the potential to be a worthwhile adversary but doesn’t shine amongst the countless professional assassins sent to kill Bourne other than the fact that ‘The Asset’ killed Bourne’s father.

Unfortunately, Jason Bourne does not live up to the legacy (pun intended) of its predecessors. Despite Paul Greengrass returning to direct (director of The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum), Bourne lacks a solid plot and brings nothing new to the Bourne franchise and spy genre as a whole. The film has points where the audience may think the distinct vacancy of memorable moments and burst of action will change, but the film continues not to deliver and, sadly, the film never takes off. Jason Bourne is a plane waiting for a free runway for 123 minutes and then being cancelled due to bad weather.

VERDICT: 2/7 – Car Boot Sale