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
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Finally, there’s something to bring the hardcore Bourne fans out of the foolhardy act a few years ago. Yes, I am referring to the ‘Legacy’ left by Jeremy Renner.
Matt Damon is back to business as the eponymous Bourne. There are many issues and unanswered questions to be squared off. His old pal, Nicky blows out something big as he works in an incognito mode with a hacker. This revelation draws back Bourne from his exile.
Robert Dewey, a near menacing Tommy Lee Jones, is hell bent to gather the intelligence to combat terrorism and, as the CIA director, he doesn’t care if your freedom and privacy are compromised. He brings to light the brutal program that created Bourne, and makes the proceedings personal with the asset hunter brought back from the oblivion to eliminate the traces of Bourne.
Why is Bourne so keen to hit the roots of this? And why the CIA tech wizard Heather Lee develops a soft corner for Bourne and is she is the same inside? A close to 2 hour of high octane action brings a closure to all these questions and throws fodder for a probable sequel from here. Do expect Jason Bourne 2, 3, and more in the offing.
The film has everything typical of a Bourne film, and here the action never stops. You try to take a sigh but the tempo never allows you detract your focus. There are car chases (in the climactic breakdown), explosions, and hand-to-hand combats. Jason Bourne looks tired after hiding in shadows for many years and he is in terms with his past to find something that questions his very existence. The predictable twists may leave you asking for more, but the interesting ways in which Damon humanizes Jason Bourne, calls for all the applause.
Paul Greengrass builds the tension from the word go. He is a master in this space, and his last outing, Captain Phillips, was a testimony to his ramped up style of spinning the momentum around the events. He pulls it off with finesse in most of the scenes. The one in pre-climax with Damon and Jones imbibing a metaphysical nature into their conversation stands out. Vikander adds to this with her fine performance. Though an understated moment, this one brings the powerhouse talent of the actors.
With far-fetched chases, fight scenes, and adrenaline rushing moments Paul Greengrass never fizzles out his definitive style. You feel as if the shaky camera is the real hero of the film. That’s the visceral offering you expect from a Bourne film. However, I wish there’s more meat in the story department by popping a few out-of-the-box and out-of-the-world twists and turns. Fans will cherish it and wait for the sequels to come.