Taking one last swing at answers to his life this week in theaters from writer/director Paul Greengrass and Universal Pictures is the man known as “Jason Bourne.”
Living his life completely off the grid, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is living fist to someone else’s mouth. So too has Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) who continues to attempt to hack into the CIA files and discover their secrets. One she didn’t expect to find was more information on Jason Bourne. Knowing what she found would be important to him, she tracks him down.
Bourne agrees to meet with Nicky and almost immediately chaos ensues as the CIA becomes aware of his presence. CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) isn’t about to let Bourne get away and working with Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) they send out their Asset (Vincent Cassel) to “neutralize” him.
That’s when the chase begins and Bourne learns there is more behind what his father knew and when he knew it. What he doesn’t understand is why Heather seems to be helping him at every turn. Knowing the cat and mouse game is going no where, Bourne decides its time to go straight to the source.
During a convention in Las Vegas as Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) who has been working with the CIA is about to release a new program, Bourne discovers what is really going down. Between avoiding the Asset and getting answers from Dewey, he has his hands full of action, intrigue and staying one step ahead of everyone else.
That’s because he’s Jason Bourne.
Damon as Bourne really has taken this character through so many different levels. That being said I do hope that this character has finally been put to rest and let me tell you why. Bourne is smarter than everyone he has gone up against and yet, somehow, they seem to forget that when chasing him. I like this character and I would rather he go out on a good note than come back for one last hoorah!
Vikander as Heather is a woman who knows what she wants and has no problem doing what ever it takes to further her career. Upset with Dewey, she isn’t about to make his hunt for Bourne easy. Vikander gives her character the right amount of two-faced-ness so no one will ever be quite sure what she’s up to.
Jones as Dewey has a history with Bourne that comes to the surface. I love when Jones plays the bad guy and does it without twitching, one of Hollywood’s greats to be sure. Cassell as Asset gets to make a lot of mean faces, doesn’t really say a lot and lets his weaponry speak for him.
Kalloor as Ahmed is woven into the story but I’m not really sure it was necessary. Vinzenz Kiefer plays Christian Dassault who works with Parsons and just wants the facts ma’m, just the facts because ‘people have a right to know’ (oldest line ever).
Other cast include: Ato Essandoh as Craig Jeffers, Scott Shepherd as Director NI Edwin Russell, Bill Camp as Malcolm Smith, and Stephen Kunken as Baumen.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Jason Bourne” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I don’t really have a grip against the film, I just found it fairly predictable. There is plenty of action, chase scenes, fist fighting and a ‘who do you trust’ scenario to go around. Now that Bourne has found the answers to his burning questions, I say he find a tropical island somewhere and settle down with an ocean view and a pina colada.
I think Bourne deserves to go out with answers and satisfaction which makes talking any more about the story impossible without spoiling it and frankly, I’m not into that. So if you’re itching to know what he knows then call up a bunch of friends who want to have an action packed night out and toast to the one and only “Jason Bourne.”
In the end — you know his name!