We live in a post-truth era, a time when fascism is on the rise across the globe. Nothing makes sense - except perhaps (for those of us who have grown up with the character since 2002) the fact that nobody fucks with Jason Bourne. The latest effort in the series is not necessarily the character’s finest hour, but the opening sequence set in Greece might be the purest and most perfect expression of 'chaos cinema' yet.
the initial insidious sequences are much more realistic and alert than the action scenes, which exhibiting a motorcycle ride hysteria and worn out car chases, left me both unsurprised and unimpressed (2.5 stars)
Loathe comic book adaptations, gigantic action movie explosion porn, most everything, it would seem, that does boffo box office. But, man, I can geek-out on one of these Greengrass Bournes. That Greengrass can rock a set piece! The stuff in Greece (first major set piece) is bananas. I just had to pretend there was no story. And Alicia Vikander in this movie! I want her to walk on my face w/ high heels.
Like Bond or Batman, Bourne has a formula that works. Earlier entries were trendsetters and the latest is not, but it should hardly be derided for giving us more of the good stuff; the thrill of seeing people outsmarted and outmaneuvered in a thrillingly grey, unfair world of Orwellian espionage and surveillance. Greengrass and Damon kick it up a notch. The parking garage showdown may be the best fight in the series.
Jason Bourne comes back after almost 10 years with the same energy but none of the punch. After a failed reboot, the series is reborn with the players that made it great, although lacking the freshness and creativity of the first installments. Undeniably spectacular sequences hardly make up for a thin, underdeveloped plot and an overwhelming sense that we've been here before.
While not as great as the other Matt Damon Bourne films, it is still a solid piece of entertainment and way better than the horrific Bourne Legacy. If they keep up going with movies like this, that wouldn't be so bad.