Jason Bourne: Movie Review
"Jason Bourne" finally returns after a nine year long hiatus and was the wait worth it? The answer is mostly yes. The movie's style is an ode to its original roots that would make any Bourne fan fall into nostalgic mode in an a heart beat. While the full-blown action was energetic, the simplistic take of the story might leave those who expect a lot more depth from their action thriller experience disappointed.
Several years after his disappearance, former CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has resurfaced after he is contacted by his former Treadstone contact Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles). She has hacked and retrieved classified CIA files that not only contains information on Bourne's mysterious past - even before Treadstone - but also a soon to be deployed program called Ironhand that's designed to hunt Bourne down.
If we could judge "Jason Bourne" alone on its action, the film would get a pretty high score. The movie harkens back to an era that used set realism over CGI. The result is more than refreshing and it just shy from being of epic in their lengths and destruction count. There's nothing more thrilling in seeing real cars thrown around like rag dolls on a highway or Bourne going around Greece while the whole city is blowing up from a simple rally to a molotov throwing riot. Even better, "Jason Bourne" never slows down. Action is pumped from scene to scene and the rest stops where characters actually talk are short and brief. While this bodes well for an action-thriller, this also leads to flaws on its plot and depth. The overall alignment on the internet, social media and its connection to privacy is rather intriguing but it's nothing new at this point. Also, whatever is revealed from Bourne's past are just a few snippets that does not move the character that much moving forward. Also, the kinetic nature of the film made any emotions subdued and we never really get to see any emotional tie-ups from any of the main or support characters. Overall though, "Jason Bourne" is an enjoyable movie experience. While it lacked in some areas, we are pretty excited if there's going to be a sixth film. Let's just say we are hoping that it gets a green light soon.
Why you should watch it:
- action sequences were non stop and nothing short of epic
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story and depth was lacking
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