It has been nearly a decade since the events of the Bourne Ultimatum which saw Jason Bourne dodge assassins while he tried to figure out exactly who he was. By the end of Ultimatum he had thought that mission finished but it turns out that while while you may know everything, it is not the same as remembering everything.
The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne, an assassin trained by the CIA who went missing while on a mission and suffered with amnesia. The original trilogy focused on him trying to survive while also figuring out who he was. Since then he has been of the grid, that is he is contacted by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) with info about new programs and his father.
Nicky Parsons is a link to the past but primarily her role is to bring Bourne back and to help introduce CIA Agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander). Alicia plays Heather brilliantly and it was great to see just how much she developed over the course of the film. Her idea to either bring bourne back or eliminate him shaped the later stages of the film and provided some interesting moments.
Tommy Lee Jones brings a certain acting weight to the role of CIA Director Robert Dewey. This is a character who works well in opposition to Jason Bourne and represents another link to the past as one of the Old guard. Dewey was a great choice for an adversary who advances the story to his own ends which introduces the sub plot of Government surveillance vs security.
The Sub Plots are quite interesting and really ground the film in modern life but they aren’t as well developed as they could have been. For the most part they are there as a back drop for the action sequences and for the revenge plot between Jason Bourne and Vincent Cassel who is known only the asset.
After four films I thought I was getting used to the blistering fast paced action sequences but even i found it to be a little to quick at times. The action sequence in Athens towards the start of the film was pretty cool but Vegas was even better. It was just incredible to watch and I particularly the enjoyed watching the showdown between Jason Bourne and the Asset.
Jason Bourne was a very good film and I had an enjoyable time watching it. The story was interesting and the action sequences were pretty great but the film could have been so much more. The sub plots could have been better developed and unlike the original trilogy it didn’t feel like it had quite the same amount of purpose. However it was still good and I would recommend giving it a watch