Matt Damon returns as super agent Jason Bourne in this fourth installment of the Bourne series, not counting the one with Jeremy Renner. But they managed to deliver a dull movie.
Jason Bourne is still hiding and living in the shadows when all of a sudden he is contacted by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and the CIA find out that these to are in contact. Another cat and mouse hunt starts and more details about Bourne’s past is shown to the audience.
Let me start to say that the actions sequences are great, nothing to complain about that. The scene in Athens (which was shot in Tenerife and not Athens) is a classic Bourne chase where he is trying to escape from the riot and people from the agency. After that the story really kick in and is all about hacking and many Facebook (privacy and security) references. Alicia Vikander plays Heather Lee, a hacker from the CIA who needs to find Bourne for her boss, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Can they find Bourne and stop him? Off course they find him but he cannot be stopped, he is Jason Bourne.
Why did I say this movie was dull? Because to me it did not really feel as a Bourne movie, more a spy movie with Jason Bourne attached to it. The hacker and privacy storyline did not work for me, while it is a hot topic and needs to be addressed to the general public. But what I found most disturbing was the fact that Bourne used to be all about stealth and hide from the public, in this movie he just walks into airports and public where everybody can see him. More details about the past are revealed but we saw that in every Bourne movie. Again, the action is great and the hand to hand combat including the very famous shaky cam looks decent, but overall this movie was a dissappoint to me.
The ending is completely in Bourne style, will he return? Maybe he does, but the script for the fifth Bourne movie needs to be better.
2 out of 5 on our #SaltedPopcorn scale