Jason Bourne 

    reviw by Bobby Blakey 

After exploding onto the scenes in The Bourne Identity in 2002 Matt Damon officially cemented himself as an actions star. After two sequels it seemed the Damon Bourne films were officially over as they moved onto the next chapter with Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. Now Damon has stepped back into the role in the aptly titled Jason Bourne, but does it offer up more of the same action and espionage or is it a mystery that just doesn’t matter anymore?

Jason Bourne follows Bourne who remains on the run from CIA hit squads as he tries to uncover hidden truths about his past. When his friend, former CIA operative Nicky Parsons, hacks into agency databases to uncover evidence about its illegal assassination programs and on Bourne's recruitment, and passes this information to him, he begins to understand who he truly is. After Parsons' breach, CIA Director Robert Dewey orders CIA cyber head Heather Lee to find the pair. Damon steps right back into the roll like he never left with a great supporting cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and the returning Julia Stiles. Damon is a lot more brooding this time around, saying very little in the movie, but it actually makes sense given everything he has been through up to this point. The rest of the cast are fine, but no one really offers up anything all that memorable as they kind of just walk through their roles with the exception of Cassel who does fine with the obsessed nature of his character, but never given the chance to really cut loose. The story itself is mostly more of the same mystery despite thinking we had finally learned everything in the previous film. I will applaud them for trying to do something new with his story and make it more personal for the players involved.

As expected with any Bourne movie there is some great action here focusing on more car chases and fist fights than anything else. There are some shoot outs, but Bourne is given free rein to just beat the crap out of people left and right like only he can with a visibly more brutal tone this time around than in the past. The big car chase through Vegas in the second half of the film is intense, highly destructive and a lot of fun to watch. With the previous films Damon has always had one great one on one fight to shine, but here we are never really given that, but instead a lot of one offs. There is one big one at the end and while it is fine it doesn’t hold a candle to those in the previous films.

 

There are some plot holes here and there and moments that felt rushed to get to the next sequence. There are some of these elements that are where the film struggle, offering up a lot of convenient moments where they are able to track someone down without much of an explanation. In the end this isn’t the best in the series, but those that enjoy the previous films will likely enjoy this one as well. It has taken the story in a new direction and could once again end here or head off for more adventures for Bourne that would be welcome if for nothing else than the always great action.  

In addition to the film this release offers up plenty of bonus content including featurettes that take you further behind the making of this action packed addition to the popular franchise. Grab your copy of Jason Bourne available now on Digital HD as well as 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 6th from Universal Home Entertainment.

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