Overall Rating: 2/5
July 29, 2016
Dir. Paul Greengrass
Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language)
I am a huge fan of the original Bourne Trilogy, so the simply titled Jason Bourne was one of my most anticipated action films of 2016. With Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass back at work on this franchise, I thought the end result would be something closer to the other three installments in terms of quality.
It is plainly apparent that they were trying to go out with a bang and top all of the previous films in scope. Watching this attempt fold out on screen is truly an exhausting exercise. Was it bigger and better? Yes and no. The action set pieces were by far the most extreme they’ve had in a Bourne film. The stakes were also raised with a story that will probably have you rolling your eyes, so yes it was bigger, but these are some of the very reasons that it was not better.
The core of these films has never been the story, I know, but they have always had a decent enough story to stand out. The execution in story-telling through good acting and direction has also always been well above-average in the Bourne films. Sacrifice a smart story and story-telling, and the overall quality of a Bourne film is mostly lost. The little nuances that made the previous Bourne films great were sacrificed here for cool action (yes there is some really cool action here, including one of the best fight sequences I’ve seen in some time). Ultimately, though, we’re left with something that feels very sub-par to its predecessors.