Jason Bourne

| December 2, 2016

I’m not sure why I insist on continuing to watch every Jason Bourne movie that comes along.  Part of me hopes that one of the sequels will eventually manage to recapture the magic of the original Bourne Identity.  I had high hopes for this latest chapter in the life of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon; The Martian), since Damon was willing to return to the series after Jeremy Renner’s lackluster Bourne Legacy.  The previews looked good with a lot of fun action and sharp fight sequences, but ultimately what we got was yet another Bourne movie that rehashed the first installment tirelessly instead of doing anything new or unique.

This time around, Jason, having regained most of his memory lost before the series began, is plagued with visions of his father being killed by the very organization that made him an assassin in the first place.  Like every other Bourne movie, the government is trying to track down and neutralize Jason but newcomer Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander; Ex Machina) gets an idea to reach out to Jason to bring him back into the fold as an active agent.  It could have been an interesting new take on this familiar story, but in the end, it goes nowhere and we’re given yet another Bourne film full of shallow action and pensive staring.

On the other hand, let’s focus on the positive.  Matt Damon slips back into the role of Jason Bourne like an old glove, and even though he’s given nothing to do, he does his best.  Alicia Vikander plays a very intelligent and capable female character in a series that already has an impressive roster of strong women.  Vikander would be a welcome recurring segment to the series if they decide to make more, but they really have to try something very different for me to keep watching these.  Another welcome addition is Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), who unfortunately again is not given much to do; a lot like his old white predecessors in previous installments of the series.  He is charismatic as hell though, and I did thoroughly enjoy his time on screen.

I remain optimistic that if this series continues, it will get better.  I’m a huge fan of the original and see the potential in exploring Jason Bourne as a character, but with each movie being a carbon copy of the original, it can never grow beyond what it already is.

Available now on 4K Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios.

About the Author:

Joe Sanders Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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