I recently had the opportunity of viewing Jason Bourne, the latest installment of the Bourne film series. After the lackluster attempt at a continuation without Matt Damon, Damon is back along with director Paul Greengrass. I’m going to share what worked and what didn’t work.
First, what proved effective?
The cast overall featured some great acting talent. Damon takes the Bourne role and really shows he’s been punished by guilt that he doesn’t fully comprehend. The character has been through hell, and he makes it show in his performance.
Vincent Cassell is a great antagonist for Bourne. His particular narrative arc proves to be very twisty. You feel about him one way, but that will change by the end of the film. Really liked Cassell before Jason Bourne, and my opinion of him as an actor has only become more positive.
Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) is the young social media mogul, Aaron Kalloor. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) really stands out and holds her own against the veteran co-stars. Overall, a great cast of actors.
The stunt work in the film is strong. Between the choreographed fights, the foot chases, and the car chases, there are great set pieces that deliver in satisfying fashion akin to the previous films.
Now, what didn’t work?
Julia Stiles felt like a waste to bring her back. I understand bringing her back due to her presence in the past films, but she doesn’t offer much that couldn’t have executed with a new character, a more disposable character.
Tommy Lee Jones is essentially a repeat of the Brian Cox character. He has a dirty secret that is threatened by Bourne. We’ve seen this before, and it is stale after four movies of this McGuffin.
The cinematography by Barry Ackroyd and editing by Christopher Rouse make for dizzying sequences. I’m all for style and kinetic filmmaking, but these were way too much for me. I had some nausea spells with their contributions.
The music score by David Buckley and John Powell wasn’t memorable.
I half recommend it. It’s worth a matinee showing or spending a gift card. This is not a full price movie.