Star Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles and Riz Ahmed.
Director: Paul Greengrass.
Producer: Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith and Gregory Goodman.
Claps For: Matt Damon (like, obviously), Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Action and Chase Sequences!
Slaps For: Weak Storyline, compared to previous Greengrass-Damon’s ‘Bourne’ outings, and Half-baked Characters!
What’s New: Bourne minus his boyish charm!
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval.
Jason Bourne: “I Remember Everything.”
Nicky Parsons: “Remembering Everything Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything…”
It’s been a decade since Bourne exposed CIA’s Blackbriar Operations, and has been on the run since then. After hacking into the CIA’s systems and stealing all the files that were never meant to go public, Nicky discovers a truth that Bourne has been unaware of all this while- his father Richard Webb’s integral connection to Treadstone!
Performances: ‘Jason Bourne’ belongs to Jason Bourne!
Damon is back at playing Bourne the way he did 9 years back- the silent, intelligent and tough ex-agent who leaves no chance to hurt his enemies and get on the quest to find out the answers he needs. Unlike his previous outings, there’s no rage within him to get revenge or answers. Instead, this time the actor chooses to tread on a calmer route.
Alicia Vikander is impressive as the deceptive lady who will keep you guessing as to which side is she on, till the very end!
Apart from Bourne, all the other characters are half-baked and neither does that let the story sink into the hearts of the audience, nor does it allow the actors (all of whom have done a wonderful job) to leave an impact.
Also, for a change, we have a CIA ‘Asset’ (a very convincing portrayal by Vincent Cassel) who has a motive for going behind Bourne rather than just following orders.
Direction: Paul Greengrass to ‘Bourne’ series is what Bryan Singer is to the ‘X-Men’ series. And needless to say, having him back at the director’s chair is enough for the Bourne fans to step into the cinema halls.
Like his previous Bourne flicks, Greengrass makes use of the tried-and-tested formula of starting the film with Bourne’s flashbacks, adding a new flashback that would form the crux of the flick, and then letting his characters play their games while Damon sets on his journey to get back a piece from his long-lost memory while he connects the dots and bashes up the bad men.
Well-choreographed action sequences along with crisp editing won’t give you even a second to gaze away from the screen and check out your WhatsApp messages.
Jeremy Renner’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (directed by Tony Gilroy) missed out on making the automobile chase sequences interesting despite being elaborate. But thankfully, that too comes back with ‘Jason Bourne’. Oh yes, the trance-like, grand and edge-of-seat fight as well as chase sequences are the best aspects of this movie.
Having said that, the movie fails at the basic story-line level and turns out to be a major disappointment; and here’s why- Bourne movies have always been larger-than-life with every character playing out their own mind-games along with several political sub-plots that make it an interesting watch. But here, the story takes a very simple and easy (read: Lazy) route.
Plus, like Bourne using his intelligent tactics to outdo the CIA and their ‘Assets’ in all the previous flicks, this one has no such scenes that will make your jaws drop and clap for Bourne’s quick and smart thinking.
Nevertheless, the movie is a complete treat for the fans and will not leave you begging to the makers to stop making more sequels.
Oh and yes, the cherry on the top is, as usual, Moby’s ‘Extreme Ways’ that will not let you leave the theater halls till the credits come to an end!
Combo-On-Offer: Action + Thriller + Drama
Verdict: Despite its flaws we give ‘Jason Bourne’ THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being a fast-paced, slick and grand action-thriller; that brings back Matt Damon as David Webb/Jason Bourne!