Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon make a triumphant return in Jason Bourne, which gives us the well known formula that worked well for the original Bourne films, but with an updated modern edge.
Jason Bourne picks up with Damon’s Bourne living off the grid , still hiding from the CIA in Greece, and elsewhere in Reykjavík is Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) still looking into Bourne’s past by accessing classified files. Her hacking put both her and Bourne back onto the CIA’s radar, and back into mayhem.
The chase scene through Greece’s rioting capital brings us straight back into Bourne’s world. It’s fast paced and thrilling, with molotov cocktails going off, water cannons, police and rioters getting in the way, and there is also Vincent Cassell’s cold-hearted Asset on his own revenge mission to eliminate Bourne. The scene’s pace doesn’t let up for the whole film, and Bourne’s mission takes him all across the world, from Berlin, London and Las Vegas. We see the Bourne watching the CIA reverse scenes in a packed out London square, and rewarded by an exhilarating car chase along the Vegas strip.
Within the fast action, we meet Tommy Lee Jone’s CIA Director Robert Dewey and Alicia Vikander as an ambitious CIA agent Heather Lee. Her youth and optimism is a good contrast to Jones’s stick in the past and ever-grumpy demeanour. There is also Riz Ahmed as Aaron Kalloor, a tech-whizz who has built a Facebook-like programme, working with the CIA, and promises ‘no one is watching you.’ HA.
The film stays up to date with the technology and the continuous negative reaction to a powerful agency watching your every move. This contemporary edge works well in favour for the film. Staying up to date, yet still with the classic Bourne feeling, you can tell Greengrass enjoys this almost document style of film making, and with the pace the film travels at, its thrilling to keep up with him.
Damon, like his earlier incarnations, breathes life into Jason Bourne, even with maybe a page of dialogue throughout the whole film. His presence, movement and genuine bad-assery has definitely kept us wanting more, and I personally hope to see at least one more Bourne outing from Damon and Greengrass.