It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for h...more
It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power. less
“The lure of cashing in on a popular franchise doesn't quite strike the right chord!”
The Bourne-series was like manna to the lovers of smart, crisp, action-thrillers. It ran its course. But, like a relationship rekindled by boredom, Jason Bourne lumbers on without head and tail, without anything worth paying attention to. (And there is in all likelihood a sequel) Paul Greengrass, suffering from an acute constipation of ideas just does a rehash of everything that made the Bourne movies famous. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has some memories and some fears, fanned by Nikki Parsons (Julia Stiles) whose cameo is almost meaningless. Suddenly, Bourne is once again the target, this time in danger from CIA director Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) who never really explains his motives. While that is not new, Jones despite his prowess is a shade on Strathairn's Vosen.
The good cop-bad cop routine is continued as well with a Borne sympathizer Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) trying to win Bourne's trust. She and Jones are at loggerheads with each other and you can see how the CIA wastes its money with a trigger-crazy asset looking for his revenge on Bourne for exposing the Blackbriar files. The only new, but flimsy angle, is Lee's attempt to bring Bourne back into the fold acknowledging his patriotism, setting the scene for the sequel.
The movie has as much intrigue as you find in Sasural Simar Ka and has as much plotline as you find in a dog chasing a car. Action is poorly choreographed and for most of the time, we have closeups of characters walking in and out of buildings chasing each other. The typical control-room scenes, car-conversations, two people from the same institution trying to outdo each other and Bourne's oversmart moves, while he keeps a watch on other people with his monoculars from terraces - all these elements are present to keep the fans happy. Will the genuine fans be happy? Not one bit. Is it entertaining? As entertaining as waiting at a traffic signal. Bourne looks like a dazed and confused puppy and it is hard to comprehend what director Dewey is thinking. How far we done fell, how far. The typical chase scenes, forte of the Bourne movies are also below par and the starting premise of unrest in Greece almost feels needless, drab and drawn out. Let's wait and watch if they can salvage this in the sequel.