SADC Correspondent | Oct 30, 2018 | 0
Jason Bourne- Film Review
I’ve always found action movies to be quite chaotic, flashes of missiles dropping from the sky like birds whirring in rapid flight, explosions everywhere, and gunfire while the hero ducks and dives to save his own skin as well as the damsel in distress.
In a worst case scenario, these scenes might turn off viewers with photosensitive epilepsy, but it is the perfect cup of tea for an adrenaline enthusiast. The newest installment in the James Bourne action movie series is directed by Paul Greengrass and the main character James Bourne (Matt Damon) is a force in perpetual motion to be dealt with. In short, the series has moved back to the proven action rogue spy recipe with Damon’s intensity doing, once again, justice to the character.
It is a far cry from the disastrous fourth attempt at a Bourne movie and reestablishes the credentials of both the narrative and the cast.
In the movie, Bourne has recovered most of his memory but lacks info on the CIA programme that ended with the murder of his father. The passing years have not been easy for Bourne. He is making ends meet as a brawler for Macedonian gamblers in bare knuckle fights to dish out punishment and to be punished. His ex-partner Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) finds him, offering another clue to the black-ops mystery of the Treadstone project that programmed him to kill.
Nicky Parsons informs Bourne that the new CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones, the villain in the movie) is building his own shadow government with the help of compromised tech kingpin Aaron Kalloor. The plot thickens into a dangerous and dicey spy game as CIA detective Dewey sends out his Lieutenant, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) and an assassin known only as the Asset (Vincent Cassel) after Bourne.
The movie’s cinematography is not exaggerated or over the top. The plot is very strong and has more than sufficient depth, not needing to rely on flashy camera gimmicks. The special effects for the stunts, explosions and crashes, are fairly close to reality.
Bourne trots the globe, Athens, Berlin, London, and Vegas while being tracked by the Asset. It is a gripping portrayal of the good guy staying ahead, sometimes by mere seconds. In these scenes, the stunts are incredible.
The story’s characterization is good, just like the first three Bourne movies. This time, Jason Bourne’s character is quite enthralling in every sense and frame, as he keeps viewers in suspense. The character has become more endearing though, as the director keeps the action clear and intuitive.
This film deserves a very good rating as it is not just another dish of intense paranoia and mindless action.
Jones and Vikander are superb as the expression of distrust. Their acting skill has not been used this effectively in years. The CIA director’s wispy moves are meaningful while Vikander captures a woman who is as wily as can be, leading to an uncommonly satisfying finale.