I don’t know about you, but I felt pretty good about how The Bourne Ultimatum concluded the Bourne series. Things weren’t tied up into a neat little bow, and rarely after did I wonder what on earth Jason Bourne would get up to next. Sure he could have resurfaced, seeking answers from his previous employers, or he could have just kept a low profile, perhaps finding a new life somewhere. But for the most part, it didn’t really matter.
When I heard that the dream team that is Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were working on a new Bourne film, it tickled me to think about what they would conjure up. Was there more that fans needed to know about how Bourne became who he was, or what he had become after we last saw him? As it turns out, not really.
Jason Bourne sees Damon return as the world’s most deadly weapon, as the CIA attempt to bring him in, including counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander). Julia Stiles also returns as former CIA operative Nicky Parsons while Tommy Lee Jones makes an extra sinister turn as CIA director Robert Dewey.
Here’s what you need to know: Jason Bourne was not a necessary addition to the franchise, nor did it break new ground in terms of character development. But it’s a good time and well worth the watch if you love action films.
Matt Damon was naturally on top form as the tortured and brutal Bourne, whether he was fist fighting fellow brutes in dodgy basements, or unleashing his famous quick, sharp and fatal attacks on ensuing agents. Fans will particularly enjoy his final showdown with Vincent Cassel’s Ironhead assassin, who almost warrants his own series for being such a worthy opponent.
The most impressive action set pieces arrive at just the right times, getting riskier and bigger by the moment. Greengrass knows how to keep audiences at the edge of their seats, and as Bourne makes each calculating move, we’re reeling when he comes close to being caught by his enemies, then quickly sent into a state of euphoria when he pulls every plan off.
For all you action junkies hanging onto nostalgia, this one’s for you.
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