I’m a huge fan of the Bourne Trilogy. They are fantastic action movies that are extremely well made and that also have a terrific action hero that is relatable and completely badass. So naturally, I was pumped out of my mind to see Matt Damon come back after the hugely disappointing Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. And while it has some good scenes and great performances this movie is unfortunately a let down. This is however by no means a bad movie. It’s a perfectly watchable action film and it’s light-years better than Bourne legacy but it does not live up to the other three movies.
Ten years after the events of Ultimatum, after learning a hidden truth about his past, Jason Bourne must go back into action and hunt down the men who did him wrong.
Matt Damon is still fantastic as Bourne and you still care about his character. You want him to survive to fight another day. Matt Damon is one of my favorite actors and he is endlessly watchable. Julia Stiles also returns and she is good here but her character doesn’t do much. Newcomers include Alicia Vikander who gives the second best performance in the film although her character isn’t as fleshed out as one would hope. Tommy Lee Jones is good as the villain but he does the same thing that he normally does.
But my biggest flaw with this film is that it doesn’t have the same intensity or urgency in the action scenes and the dialogue isn’t as compelling as the first three. The story sort of meanders for the two thirds of the movie and we oftentimes barely see Matt Damon and the film feels the necessity to always come back to this social media storyline which just didn’t need to be there at all. It kept grinding the film to a halt every time it was brought up. It has nothing to do with Bourne and in the end doesn’t even fit in the larger picture of the film.
The ending nevertheless saves the movie and it finally felt like a Jason Bourne movie again, something the first two acts we’re sort of missing. The finale of this movie is awesome and it actually does make me want to see another Bourne film with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass and I hope that next time they have a better grip on the story and on the action scenes.
Overall, this is by far the weakest of the fourth installment of the Matt Damon’s films. The story isn’t all that good here and this movie didn’t need to be made even though it has some great performance from Alicia Vikander and it’s nice to see Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass come back.
Consensus: See it at half price or a rental.