With all the effort he applied to finding out about his past in the first three instalments of the franchise, Jason Bourne (David Webb) now knows exactly who he is. Still hunting for other information about Treadstone, and those involved, we once again join Matt Damon as title character Jason Bourne on another action packed, adrenaline fuelled ride, as Robert Ludlem’s highly skilled operative.
Joining Bourne this time, we once again see Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), joined by CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones, being as authoritative as ever), and the young, driven Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander, bringing some femininity to her action scenes).
The film starts with a brief reminder of who Jason Bourne is, and then drops you right in to the action. It kicks off this rush of fights, chases and shootouts, interspersed with some hi-tech magic as Boure is tracked, but the pace never lets up. The action is intense, from start to finish, with impressive sequences, stunts and effects. Any action junkie’s dream.
While it does certainly pay to see the first three Bourne movie instalments, starring Matt Damon, forgiving the interlude that was The Bourne Legacy, one should not get too lost as the plot, while bringing many new revelations to the story, is not too overly complex. To wit, the story is a well assembled tale, not just mindless violence. Those who wish to just switch off though, can sit back and just enjoy the ride, with a story bringing so many action elements together in one film, and taking the audience on a journey to many varied locations around the world.
Brining Jason Bourne into this decade (even the end credit music by Moby – Extreme Ways, has been given a make-over), the film is sure to thrill audiences everywhere.
Jason Bourne opens 29 July 2016 in South African cinemas.