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Jason Bourne review: a rehash of old plots, but still a slick action movie

Aleesha Matharu | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:51 IST

"Do we really need another Bourne movie?" I asked myself, not expecting much from this latest entry considering the last two Jason Bourne movies were reasonably pointless.

But I shouldn't have been worried - after all it has the one person who lifts every movie she's cast in: Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, a CIA analyst.

Better yet, compared to the other Bourne movies except for the first, this one wasn't quite all over the place. It did do it fair share of travelling from Athens to Berlin to London to Las Vegas, but in terms of story it stuck to a singular structure where our hero is hell bent on finding out about the past.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) gets pulled back into the game after Julia Stiles' Nicky Parsons manages to hack into a bunch of CIA files, which if leaked, could be the biggest leak since Edward Snowden.

But what's the files contain has a lot to do with who Bourne used to be before he became Bourne.

What the reunited Bourne and Parsons don't realise, though, is that they're already back on the radar of the CIA, led by senior official Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander).

Dewey wants Bourne out of the picture permanently but Lee favours negotiating with Bourne. But either way, they won't find their target easily: within minutes of reuniting with Nicky, she and Bourne are in Greece, where riots are in full effect and where Bourne throttles a stolen motorcycle through back-alleys and side streets as Molotov cocktails crash all around them.

It's an amped-up sequence especially considering the fact that an agent with a vendetta against Bourne (played by Vincent Cassel, and referred to only as "Asset") is also giving chase.

Throughout the movie, it's the action scenes what carry it through and not talking - they are exemplary, particularly the hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Technically, Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him. There are not too many directors who can do what he is when it comes to action sequences.

Whether you'll enjoy this instalment depends on what you're looking for in a 2016 Jason Bourne movie.

RATING: 3 out of 5

First published: 5 August 2016, 1:22 IST
Aleesha Matharu @almatharu

Born in Bihar, raised in Delhi and schooled in Dehradun, Aleesha writes on a range of subjects and worked at The Indian Express before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not at work you can find her glued to the TV, trying to clear a backlog of shows, or reading her Kindle. Raised on a diet of rock 'n' roll, she's hit occasionally by wanderlust. After an eight-year stint at Welham Girls' School, Delhi University turned out to be an exercise in youthful rebellion before she finally trudged her way to J-school and got the best all-round student award. Now she takes each day as it comes, but isn't an eternal optimist.