Diana Vacc sees “Jason Bourne”

Hmm, looks a little off...

Hmm, somebody’s aim looks a little off…

by Diana Vaccarelli

*If you haven’t viewed this film yet be warned this review may contain spoilers!*

He’s back! our favorite spy since James Bond – Jason Bourne.  This fourth installment of the Bourne series has Jason Bourne living off the grid and in hiding until an old colleague comes back into his life with new information about the agency and his past.

THE GOOD:

  • The fight sequences choreographed by Roger Yuan.  These fights are gritty, down and dirty.  There is such realism to these fights you feel a part of them.
  • Matt Damon is transformative as Jason Bourne.  He brings this favorite literature character to life.
  • Based on the series of novels created by Robert Ludlum, screenwriters Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse bring a disturbing story to life.  Mainly the influence of technology and its reach.  In one scene, CIA Agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) is able to turn off the power in Iceland to stop Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) from finding crucial information about the CIA. This image makes you wonder what Big Brother really can do. I loved how real this could be – and was terrified at the same time..
  • Paul Greengrass’ directing and camera choices are brilliant and bring the viewer into the story about political corruption.  Greengrass uses long shot sequences during a technology convention to show the space and how many people are going to be affected by what might happen there.

THE BAD:

  • Tommy Lee Jones as CIA Director Robert Dewey delivers a weak performance at best.  There is no command on the screen as this character would need or possess.

If you like government conspiracies and are a fan of the Bourne series then this film is for you. If, well, enjoy yourself staying at home. (I recommend you hide under the bed.)

Happy Summer Blockbuster Season!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE