Jason Bourne (2016) Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Neve Gachev Movie Review

Jason Bourne (2016)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Matt Damon in Jason Bourne (2016)

Bourne's Webb Thickens

Whilst still struggling with the memories of his past, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon - The Martian) has dropped off the grid again, making ends meet by participating in illegal fights. That is until Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles - Out of the Dark) shows up out of the blue having not only obtained information on the CIA's latest secret plans to put everyone under surveillance but also discovered that Jason's father was involved in the original project. Struggling with the idea that his dad knew what they were putting him through Jason resurfaces and starts coming after those in the CIA, including CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones - The Homesman), to get answers and justice.

There are times when I watch a movie and I feel obliged to like it more than I should, which is the case having watched "Jason Bourne", the fourth or fifth movie in the Bourne series depending on how you view "The Bourne Legacy". You see there is actually nothing wrong with "Jason Bourne", it ticks all the boxes when it comes to what you expect from a Bourne movie and as such we have CIA skulduggery, dangerous operatives, some improvised weaponry, some fighting and of course a bit more of Bourne's past filled in as we learn more about the man with the killer fighting skills.

The trouble is that all those ingredients were also in the previous Bourne movies and so for the most "Jason Bourne" is only typical. Yes Matt Damon has a bit more grey hair and looks a bit bulkier than he did way back when he made the first movie but there is almost something generic about this movie. That also includes the action with fights, jumps and car chases, except the major car chase scene in "Jason Bourne" goes for the spectacular and ends up going over the top by doing so. Maybe if I was thirty years younger those action scenes which are over the top, and there are a few, would have entertained but now they left me disappointed for being more than just escapism and hitting the realm of being too unbelievable and sensationalist.

What this all boils down to is that "Jason Bourne" is an entertaining movie, it delivers everything you expect from a modern action franchise. But for me it felt like it was having to try too hard to come up with stuff to warrant having a fourth movie which focuses on the character of Jason Bourne.