Although I was never a big fan of the Bourne movies, I appreciated them for what they were – intelligent, well thought out spy films with a lot of action and fight scenes interspaced between the dialogues and intrigue. This one though, bored the heck outta me. Jason Bourne is a 2016 American action thriller film directed and written by Paul Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse. The fifth installment of the Jason Bourne film series and the direct sequel to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon reprises his role as the main character, former CIA assassin and psychogenic amnesiac Jason Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh and Scott Shepherd also star in the dud.
What did I like about the film? The story about his past and how Bourne was recruited into Treadstone. That his father, CIA analyst Richard Webb created Treadstone, but tried to prevent them from recruiting Bourne. Under Dewey’s orders, the Asset killed Richard Webb and staged his death as a terrorist attack to persuade Bourne to join Treadstone. The car chase scenes with a heck of a lot of destruction to vehicles and property is amazing though a bit too much and unrealistic. The fight scenes, which have been a major asset in the past films, are awesome too. The long fight between Jason and the Asset in a sewer is extremely well done. What else? Nothing much. It’s a film big on action scenes and nothing much else.
I couldn’t get into the newer characters and I found myself not really caring if Bourne was killed or lives to go back to his 10 year life off the grid, making his living fighting illegal fighting rings around the world. The new girl, CIA cyber head Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) shows some promise and intrigue in her role but everyone else is instantly forgettable. There is no charisma or much else in entertainment. I was really bored throughout the film with the exception of the car chase (though I am not blown away) and a couple of fight scenes. When the heck have you ever seen a movie with Tommy Lee Jones in which he isn’t memorable? Congratulations, this is it! It would have been good if Julie Stiles’s character made it through the film. I dunno what else to say. An hour after I watched the film, I forgot most of it. 5.5 outta 10!