Going into this movie I was very excited to see Matt Damon reprise his role, as Jason Bourne and I must say I was not disappointed. This is the fourth movie in the Bourne series, especially if you don’t count the Jeremy Renner offshoot. This is also the first Bourne film to not have the title start with the phrase, “The Bourne (insert noun here).” Now this film simply titled Jason Bourne is one of the few non-comic based hero action films to release this summer. I did enjoy this movie overall, the pacing was great and it had me on the edge of my seat for the most part. The thing that brought this film to fruition was that Matt Damon stated he would only come back to the franchise if Paul Greengrass came back to direct as well. This comeback actually managed to push back the sequel starring Jeremy Renner, which personally I am in no rush to see.
Now this being the fourth of the Bourne films, following the well-received The Bourne Ultimatum it had a lot to live up to, and it did. This film starts off with a brief summary of what has happened in the previous films and it picks up sometime after the third film. It starts right off with action as Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) is getting information from the CIA that leads to finding out where Bourne is.
Tommy Lee Jones appears as the director of the CIA, Robert Dewey, who is full of paranoia in regards to the rest of the world outside of the USA (not exactly something you want from the director of the CIA). Dewey justifies his actions and responses in the name of national security and places a very good antagonist opposite of Matt Damon. That particular brand of paranoia makes you wonder if we(as Americans) have really put people like that in power. It is a powerful role for Jones but also very subtle, which has a large effect on the surrounding characters and adds depth to the story as a whole. This film kept me on the edge of my seat and thinking of the overall plot and what was going to happen next, trying to see if I could figure out the film before it was revealed to me. Few big movies do that nowadays, they tend to now be predictable and follow a formula; read as corporate made films essentially. Yet for Jason Bourne although at times predictable, had me thinking of things that related to the characters, plot, and just genuinely interested in the movie. The acting was solid with all roles played well and the cinematography was typical of an action film shaky cam and all. Yet that to me further pushed the scenes to newer ground and more tension and emotion to the film.
This film for me also serves as a commentary on today’s landscape of private information and how it relates to technology and national security. It touches on how far the government can and should go when surveying the people in the name of national security. Should they violate the people’s privacy and information-security in order to maintain peace in the country? Or are these organizations just overly paranoid and overstepping boundaries? These questions arise during the movie and are shown in play throughout the film as well. What is great to see is that the film showcases even for a short moment those who want to bring these covert operation programs and the overstepping of government authority to light (a la Edward Snowden). This just makes you think, are we being watched now? Do we look suspicious enough that the authorities would want to keep watch on us? In these divisive times in our country it begs the question, with all this technology at the governments disposal are they using it for darker agendas?
There is action till the very end of the film and it definitely leaves it open for another installment, which I personally hope happens. This movie ties in very well with the other movies in the franchise overall as well as answers some of the questions that were left unanswered in the previous installments. It is a great addition to the franchise and very well written, having the real Jason Bourne back in the films is also a great plus, sorry Jeremy Renner, maybe you should just stay Hawkeye forever.
|Jason Bourne (2016)|
|Release Date:||July 30th, 2016|