Jason Bourne (2016) a film review. 

Director: Paul Greengrass

Running time: 2 hours 3 mins. 

Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassell, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed. 

Jason Bourne is back to uncover truths about his past. Sound familiar? Yes Matt Damon is back again and Paul Greengrass returning to direct does indeed raise expectations. Plus with Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel added to the list, which also includes the return of Julia Stiles and there’s all the ingredients of another hit. But alas the concoction is merely satisfactory in all departments. I sat through the thin story which is just Bourne blabbing on about Treadstone, Black Frier or something and his past in hushed tones once more. I actually cared very little. Even Bourne says he knows everything of interest about his past. But this spy type action dusts itself off and yet doesn’t revel in action, dialogue or suspense. I felt like I left the cinema with nothing more than I’d entered with. Even Riz Ahmed was underused. Maybe there were too many charters at play? I don’t really know but it just felt like it was waffling on retreading what we have already seen enough of. 

Totally forgettable apart from being reduced to the one known as ‘The one with Tommy Lee Jones in’. 

C Whitehouse 2016

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