JASON BOURNE Movie Review by The Commander


2-1/2 (out of 4 stars)

At 45 years old, Matt Damon is looking physically fit for his new movie, Jason Bourne, the fifth movie of the popular franchise.  Once again, there's lots of handheld camera work, increasing the action scenes, giving a roller coaster type ride.


In this episode, Bourne is living life under the radar, when he is contacted by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), a CIA agent now disavowed from the agency.  She hacked into the CIA mainframe to discover a new, more sinister, secret project than Treadstone, which involved Bourne’s father that turned him into a killing machine.  She contacts Bourne, interrupting his sole income-producing job as a street fighter in Greece.  This helps him regain his memory and he’s still in danger on the CIA’s hit list.  Why?  Well, they had a thing in an earlier film so, well, you understand. 


Unfortunately, she hacked in using an old password from a Russian site and is identified by CIA Analyst Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), so the CIA is on her trail and spots Borne in the mix.  The new head of the CIA, Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) determines that Bourne is still a threat to the CIA and releases an ‘Asset’ (Vincent Cassel), a CIA killer, to terminate Parsons and Bourne.  Let the chase begin.  How many cities can they destroy in their epic battle?  By the way, this time, it’s personal.  The Asset actually has a grudge against Bourne.


There’s a subplot, where Wonder kid, Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed), who’s a tech mogul, (a Steve Jobs type), who’s new system will protect its users from cyber spying, but secretly was involved with the CIA to spy on everyone.  After all, where did you think he got his startup capital?  He’s going to announce to the world his involvement in guess where?  That’s right, Las Vegas!  And guess who shows up?  Let’s see how Bourne can destroy the Strip, as he did with every other location.


If you like the Bourne movies, then you will definitely like this one, as well.  It's a fast-paced, action-packed physical stunts type of movie:  motorcycle chase scenes, exploding cars, hand-to-hand combat and bullets flying, as per the usual stuff in every Bourne movie.  Of course the action sequences are all staged, as evidence in the car chase scenes in Las Vegas, where they pass by Planet Hollywood five times and then magically smash into the Riviera, two miles away.  I always wanted to do that with a SWAT vehicle, ever since I tripped on the carpet entering their showroom.  While it’s a fun movie, after four of the same, it does become a little stale.

If this is your kind of movie, then by all means go see it.  It's definitely a popcorn film, so bring plenty of butter.  If you're looking for a chick flick, may I recommend Bad Moms, which appears opposite, opening the same week.  I didn’t see it, but it definitely ain’t a Bourne style film.