Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne (2016) Director: Paul Greengrass

★★★☆☆

While it was nice to see Matt Damon reprise his role as Jason Bourne, The Bourne Ultimatum had succinctly concluded the Bourne narrative and so the need for another movie was suspect in my view. Jason Bourne is a terrific action film but it falls far short of the original Bourne franchise despite the return of the many of the original players including Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon.

The crux of this installment concerns Bourne’s sudden realization that his father was an early founder of the Treadstone program. I’m not sure how much I bought this new jaded portrayal of Bourne as he spends his days in brutal hand-to-hand combat until Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) arrives with plans to expose the CIA for a new similar program. Parsons is then killed by a CIA assassin who also apparently killed Bourne’s father. This leads Bourne on a trail leading to Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) who is ultimately killed as well as a mildly interesting subplot concerning a social media company. I’m not sure what this story adds to the Bourne series. It is not a poor movie per se. There are a few faint glimmers of the original Bourne movies, but much of the movie is simply anticlimactic or contrived –fun but ultimately derivative.

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