Jason Bourne Review


By: Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

Sequels are a common part of the film industry these days. If the well keeps giving you water, you go back to it until it is dried up. Sometimes that well is already dry, yet people will dig and dig, hoping to strike new water. And, more often than not, a sequel is delivered a couple years after the first. So, when a sequel is released nine years after the last sequel, which was the third film in the series at that time, the release of the fourth installment can go either direction. But with Paul Greengrass back at the helm, and Matt Damon reprising his role, can Jason Bourne be anything but great?

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been off the grid for almost a decade, as has former CIA operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles). Parsons has been working for a hacker group, similar to Wikileaks, and has found new information regarding Bourne and his father. Back at Langley, new CIA hacker, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), becomes aware of the CIA breach by Parsons, and brings it to the attention of new CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones). Their analysis: if Parsons is digging for information, this means Bourne is involved in some way. So an asset (Vincent Cassell) is called in to play to take out both Bourne and Parsons. But with Bourne learning new information about his father’s tie-in to the Treadstone project, he is forced back in to the fray to uncover what new information he can and stop Dewey from causing the problems that began with Treadstone so many years ago. Will Bourne continue to find the answers he’s looking for, or will time and age catch up to him in his pursuit for the truth?


Jason Bourne feels like putting on something very comfortable. You know what it is all about and you look forward to it, but it isn’t necessarily new. The film feels like it takes elements from the previous Bourne films (the Matt Damon-related films), and reuses them but in new ways. After you see the film, you’ll understand that statement more. There is a reason we go and watch the Bourne films, though, and that is for the excitement that it delivers. More often than not, you walk out of the theater feeling like you were just involved in some action-packed mission of your own, that’s how intense the action sequences are. Much is attributed to Greengrass and his use of a single-hand-carried camera, providing enough jumpiness to make us feel like we’re right there. Plus his quick cuts of the action add to the flurry of visual excitement we tend to experience. One of the main things Bourne is known for are the intense chase scenes and this film has two: one early on in the film, with Bourne and Parsons on a motorcycle dipping in and out of alleys in the middle of a protest; to the final chase scene through the Las Vegas strip, and we all know how uncongested that street is. Sarcasm off. The film is, once again, a visual delight and arguably one of the more emotional of the Bourne films, even though it may not feel as if there is much character growth going on with Bourne himself.


Speaking of the character, Damon fits right back into his old role, and we’re glad to have him back over the genetically-engineered character Renner played in the last Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy, which didn’t even have a person named Bourne in it. It feels as if Damon has fewer lines in this film compared to his previous Bourne installments, but still more than Tom Hardy had in Mad Max. He tells more of the story through his facial expressions and jaw tensions than his words, yet he has more emotional moments than in previous Bourne film. No spoilers, promise! Alicia Vikander is the true newbie and plays her part very well, often times making us wonder whose side she’s really on. And even when the credits roll, I still found myself debating which side she was on, though I was STRONGLY leaning towards one, but time will tell. Tommy Lee Jones is the new CIA director bad guy who needs Bourne taken out before secrets can be exposed, and we have come to expect a certain level of character here, and Jones makes it work. Cassell, as the asset, is also very straightforward, yet brings in a human tone to his character, making the job of tracking down Bourne more of a personal vendetta than a job. And Julia Stiles, the only other actor who has been in every Bourne film with Damon, returns, yet feels fairly flat, almost like she didn’t want to be there this time around. I always enjoyed the character of Nicky Parsons, but this time, she just didn’t really deliver for me, as a character or Stiles with her lines. Just flat.

Jason Bourne is enjoyable through and through over its two hour run time, and while you’ll be more than satisfied, you’ll feel like you’ve seen much of the film before, much like with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Not that this is bad, considering the other films were great in their own right, but after all this time, you kind of want something new and fresh. The end was left open for another film, while much of the plot points were resolved and story elements filled in, leaving viewers leaving the theater more than satisfied. With so much now wrapped up, it’s hard to tell where the story would go to next, but Jason Bourne is the cherry on the cake at this point, a little extra love to go along with all the previous goodness. And as long as Greengrass and Damon stick together, we can expect more action and espionage with the return of another Bourne film.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


  1. JasonAugust 1st, 2016 at 2:17 am

    he is a grate actor. i really love his movies. still couldn’t watch jason Bourne but soon i will watch this movie too. thanks for article.

  2. JustinAugust 4th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    No problem Jason, thanks for writing in. Hope you enjoy the film when you’re able to see it!

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