Jason Bourne

6.62 h 3 min2016X-RayPG-13
Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return for the next chapter of the Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows.
Paul Greengrass
Matt DamonTommy Lee JonesAlicia Vikander
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Vincent CasselJulia StilesRiz Ahmed
Frank MarshallJeffrey M. WeinerBen SmithMatt DamonPaul GreengrassGregory Goodman
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Mike PowersReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Jason Bourne:" despite being a bit frayed around the edges, it's still excellent entertainment.
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I recently decided to watch all five movies in the Jason Bourne franchise in the order they were released. This week I sat down to enjoy “Jason Bourne,” the last in the series. This film reunites its star, Matt Damon, and Paul Greengrass, the director of two previous Jason Bourne films. “Jason Bourne” includes among its fine starring cast Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, and Scott Shepherd.

Jason Bourne resurfaces ten years after he was last seen jumping from the top of a building into the East River in New York City. He’s still searching for answers to who he is and how he was recruited into the CIA’s “Treadstone” black ops program. Now, with new information given him by former Agency operative Nicky Parsons, Bourne may finally get some answers. He soon finds himself pitted against an array of new enemies within the CIA, including the head of the Cyber Ops Division, an “Asset” with a grudge assigned to find him and kill him, and even the CIA Director himself.

Now that I’ve watched all five Jason Bourne films in sequence, it’s become clear to me just how formulaic this franchise has become over fifteen years. Each movie contains the following elements (not necessarily in any particular order): a confused, bemused protagonist on the run from unknown and unseen enemies; someone of senior rank within the CIA obsessively trying to kill him, usually by sending ruthless, robotic “assets” after him; and someone else – always a beautiful woman – within the Agency, or with close ties to it, that tries to help him in some way. There’s also the inevitable (and very well executed) car chase through a major city, and many guns and other hi-tech gadgetry on display throughout each film.

Now, I’m not saying that being formulaic is necessarily a bad thing; on the contrary, I think it’s a key to the Jason Bourne franchise’s success. While the plot of “Jason Bourne” does seem a bit frayed around the edges, so is Jason Bourne himself. Here’s a man worn down by fifteen years of being on the run for reasons he doesn’t fully understand. He’s weary, but he’s determined to end this – on his terms. But he may not get the chance…

I thoroughly enjoyed “Jason Bourne.” It’s every bit as exciting, tense, and taut as its predecessors. And while it may be a bit predictable in places, it still kept me guessing as to its eventual outcome. Excellent entertainment, highly recommended. (4½ Stars ^ 5)
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Selah ReeReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is awesome! Why all the complaining?
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I do not know why people are complaining here and on rottentomatoes.com. This movie is awesome. I'm a girl. I like action. I like Matt Damon. This movie had all that without all the wishy washy foo-foo heartbroken jealous Bourne stuff. I like this as much as I liked Ultimatum, if not more. Please make another Bourne movie.

I was able to follow everything and thought it had a great story. The story was really simple...not convoluted at all. More of Bourne trying to figure out what happened to him and the history behind it. Kewl stuff. Liked the integration with modern social media and tech. Definitely to watch twice.

Why are people complaining about Damon's performance? I thought he was great. He is older, been living off the grid, has had his heart broken, has wisened up, trusts no one, and is tired of all the BS. He is just trying to live day to day without being killed. Damon plays this excellently. And lots of great action.

Through Supremacy, I admit I fast forwarded through a few parts. This movie is fantastic though, fast-paced, and required no fast forwarding. So for all the complainers, the story was simple, Damon did excellent, Tommy Lee Jones did excellent (always love seeing him in films), and there was tons of great action. Movie was modernized, straight, and to the point.
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Benjamin M. WeilertReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another great Bourne film with a contemporary twist.
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Back in 2002, The Bourne Identity redefined not only the action film aesthetic but the modern spy thriller as well. While some elements of the Bourne films have been good for action films, others are now trite and cliché. If you were to break down the “Bourne formula”, these four elements could be used to make any action film in the “Bourne-style”:

Car chases with spectacular driving in “common” vehicles
Brutal hand-to-hand combat using everyday items
Shaky camera movement during action sequences
“The chase” where eventually the protagonist gets away, achieves his objective and escapes into the shadows once again
Because the Bourne films are so formulaic, I found Jason Bourne (2016) to be no different. That being said, the film was still a fun and intense ride to watch. Now nine years later from the last in the “true” Bourne storyline (we’ll just forget that The Bourne Legacy (2012) happened), technology has vastly improved, making this film seem more like a crossover of James Bond and Person of Interest. This, I feel, was Jason Bourne’s strength. Casting the incomparable Alicia Vikander (hot in her burgeoning career), was a smart choice and made this film enter the “new era of espionage.”

Furthermore, including the subplot focusing on technological privacy pulled straight from our current events helped to pin this film into the collective popular culture in which we now live, instead of just being a series of chases in foreign lands. I also appreciated the inclusion of some semblance of a plot in this film, as it felt like Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) had not gotten very many answers in the last three films. At least this time around we learn something about him and his motivation; since the amnesiac super-soldier archetype can really only go so far.

Another great Bourne film with a contemporary twist, I give Jason Bourne 4.0 stars out of 5.
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Ivan David LippensReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
He's Coming to Bore you to Death!
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Tedious, and Boring.
Took me this many Bourne movies to realize that the secret sauce of this filming style is shaking the camera every possible second.

Some dude could be looking at a pill bottle, and the camera would be shaking.

When things are still, you gotta be still, and when things get crazy, then let those things be crazy, but NEITHER situation necessitates the camera to be shaking to death, as though some sort of teenager with a high-end camera is documenting all the spy-stuff in the world!
Also, who decided that "Deep Dream", or whatever it was called, would be a great name for a Social Media Platform?

First couple of movies in the Bourne series made a lot more sense, but everything after that has been horribly planned, written, and scaled into suspenseful-boredom.
I didn't even find this movie entertaining, and most films are at least somewhat worthy of a vegetative state, but this was just boring.
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BenReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is the worst Bourne movie of all of them
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This is the worst Bourne movie of all of them. The story is ok, and some of the things that happen are intriguing, but that's the issue with this movie; things just happen, and it's obvious this movie was made hoping to copy the previous Bourne movies timeline. For instance: female helper/companion gets killed, then we're in murica, then we're in Europe, then Jason is seeking information from some nobody who has never been mentioned who he ends up killing, then murica, then we have a concern for him getting through customs... I can go on, but I won't. The most interesting part is the end when he ends up magically spying on the girl with recording equipment he just happened to buy at some fair, which, how convenient all the heads of the CIA were there at the convention where the covert equipment was being sold to civilians for funsies.
This movie was a waste of my time as much as it was a waste of my money. Matt Damon looks mean and I like how the Bourne life-story was continued by showing how he stays on his game by fighting rando's in underground boxing matches, but still. What a colossal disappointment. I've been waiting years for this, and I feel like I'd be more interested had they mailed me a bag of flaming poopy. At least then I would've had some excitement out of my purchase.
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Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A 5-star film, full of over-the-top action sequences
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I've read all of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels and very much enjoyed them.
I've also seen all of the Jason Bourne movies and, yeah, I very much enjoyed them as well.
Including this one.
That said, it must be stressed that Ludlum's Jason Bourne character and Matt Damon's version of that same character are NOT cut from the same cloth. That's not surprising since we all know that no movie can capture the intricacies of plot and character that a book can. It's, in fact, unrealistic to assume that films adapted from novels are going to be faithful to the original text.
(Even "The Maltese Falcon," widely recognized as being one of the most faithful adaptations of a novel, isn't completely so.)
The changes in the story are obvious, though not surprising given the different mediums at play in telling it. To begin with, Ludlum's version gets married and the man who "created" him winds up as his ally after realizing the error of his ways. That doesn't happen in the movie versions and there are probably some good reasons for that. Whether there are or not, however, is not a basis for argument because, again, films and novels are different animals altogether.
Okay, now that we've cleared that up, let me say that the film franchise gives viewers - most of whom have probably not read the novels - a cinematic hero that is a deeply conflicted loner. In this latest installment of the franchise. Damon's version of the iconic character is older, more battle-scarred, and - if possible - even more of a loner than he's been in the last two films. There is no indication that he's going to change any time soon because he's suffered too much betrayal and tragedy in his life to ever really trust anyone other than himself. The result: We have an action-oriented character who is not painted as a deep thinker. Because that's true I don't believe it's altogether fair to criticize the narrative for staying true to that character. Damon's version of Bourne is not a schemer, not a plotter, and doesn't have an overwhelming desire to "set things right" in the world. He just wants to make it through another day. As a result, the movie versions are - and should be - action oriented rather than plot oriented. "Jason Bourne" is no exception to that rule and if the action sequences seem over the top and unrealistic my point is that no one should be surprised by that fact. In truth, they should be surprised - and disappointed - if they are not.
Director Paul Greengrass does a nice job of moving what is a long movie along at a fast pace. He is a sure-handed director and that is evident in this movie. The technical crew that worked with him on this film is also first rate as evidenced by the fact that the action sequences reflect a great deal of thought and preparation.
The cast is also excellent. There are some critics who have said that casting Alicia Vikander as the female lead is a bad choice because she appears so young - especially in those scenes with Tommy Lee Jones as the CIA director - but I think that's also unfair. Throughout the movie she is painted as a member of the new, young, impatient and techno savvy cadre of the spy agency. Because of that, I think she's a fine choice for the role.
Damon and Vincent Cassel, are excellent as Bourne and the mysterious killer known only as "The Asset" but I would single out Julia Stiles - reprising her role as Nikki Parsons - for her exceptional work in the film. She doesn't have a lot of screen time but she makes the absolute most of the time she has. Stiles appears older, more weathered in this film. That's in keeping with the fact she is no longer a CIA employee but someone that has decided she can no longer support its goals and lives off the grid as a result. I found her performance to be nicely nuanced.
It comes down to this: "Jason Bourne" is an action flick and there is plenty of that. If you are a fan of the franchise, i think you'll find it as satisfying as I did.
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Moondancer55Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jason Bourne Climax Finale (will the rear Jason Bourne please stand up)
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I never go into deep detail on movie review's. Everyone has a opinion if it's good or not worth watching.
I have the Bourne Trilogy which I received for Christmas. Was a bit surprise since it was from my Wife & she doesn't like any Bourne Movie. With that said, I was fine with viewing them alone. But I was disappointed when part 4 came out with a different actor. I'm sure it was a good movie, but I have yet to enjoy any movie part 2, series etc. When they change actor's or the actor just refuses to be in it. (Only exception was The Crow)
Taken right off the DVD Cover "This is the Best Bourne yet"!
The Timeline continues with some New Face's & some familiar face's in Casting. Fast pace as with all the Bourne Movie's & plenty of action to keep you drawn to the screen.
If you enjoyed the first three of the series, then I have no doubt your a Bourne Fanatic like myself & will enjoy this Action Base Finale as I did. If your new to the Bourne Movie's, My best advice is to purchase the first 3 before this one. And not because the movie will not carry its self alone, but it would be like watching Star Wars in reverse. The psychology of the series would be off especially with the extreme ride you receive starting with the original Bourne Idenity. I personally think Matt Damon himself felt incomplete by not putting a final touch on Jason Bourne, since he didn't star in what was to be the finale & just had to return & make this movie. I hope you all enjoy taking one more extreme ride as Matt Damon, Aka Jason Bourne put's balance back in order & we all get one last look into the life of the Charactor that Damon delivered to us in a unique fashion & with style. I can still think back & recall waiting for Bourne Identity to be on the shelf @ my locale video store. Time sure has change when it comes to receiving entertainment. I would not be happy streaming this one. Some multiple part series just have to be owned. And this is one of them.
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JonPittsburgh67Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
More CIA wants Bourne dead at all costs claptrap.
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This dark movie is easily the worst of the Jason Bourne motion pictures - we own them all on DVD. The root premise remains the same, "Kill Jason Bourne at all cost", and no effort or cost is spared by the evil CIA Director and his minions to get this done. Tommy Lee Jones arguably turns in the worst performance of his entire career, looking more like a dried-up, evil, demon possessed zombie of a human being, who is somehow able to call a European city at random and set a entire team of killers onto Jason Bourne, over and over again, in just minutes. The ennui is partially offset by the action sequences, with no slow spots of any kind, and with a final denouement that delivers Bourne's two darkest adversaries to him in a final battle of good vs evil. But even that isn't final, unfortunately, because it has a cliffhanger ending, very unsatisfyingly so, clearing the way for still another (ugh) chapter of CIA vs agent who just wants to live what's left of his life in peace. My wife, at one point of the movie, reminded me that George H. W. Bush was a past Director of CIA - with the best will in the world I couldn't see anything like him in Tommy Lee Jones, who should have been appalled at his own lack of acting ability in this movie. So, enough already with "Kill Jason Bourne" - this could have had a final and satisfying ending, the perfect moment to have Bourne given a way out of his past with enough money to give him some sort of a life, but greedy Hollywood just couldn't help themselves but to go for the shoot 'em up, blow 'em up, punch 'em out sequel - with yet another one waiting in the wings. Just unbelievable stuff, guys. If the CIA could do 1/10th of the things in this movie no terrorist plot could survive until lunchtime. YMMV of course, if you can suspend reality long enough to accept the impossible. This movie was made for one reason only, to make a whole bunch of money, and if it does, good on Matt Damon, but it's the last Bourne flick we will buy or watch, Two and a half stars for the action and semi-backstory, plus another 1/2 star for Matt Damon, who is looking old, and worn, and confused, with no stars for Tommy Lee Jones' stilted and evil and terrible acting performance. Can we just please give Jason Bourne a final way out, or did Robert Ludlum not have that in mind for his best character in the three books he wrote? Oh yeah, I forgot, the films are also based on non-Ludlum works, and it certainly shows. Paul Greengrass should also rethink his take on Bourne if this is his best work....it just didn't (work that is). What ever happened to real stories with real acting? All Hollywood has left to offer is explosions and special effects like the smash-up with the SWAT truck in this film - predictable, unrealistic, and trite.
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