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Jul 31, 2016 04:16 AM EDT

‘Jason Bourne’ Review: Letting the Action Do the Talking, Loses a Measure of Emphatic Drama with Protagonist Memory


Matt Damon is back. In this fifth installment of the action spy film, Jason is Bourne again! The bottomless budget of the movie is a clear indication that the movie was designed to hit the box office with its locations, extras and smashed cars during the Vegas trip.

For a span of 12 years, time has taken its toll to Matt Damon and gray hairs are now visible but still that doesn't stop him from giving justice through suspenseful cat and mouse drama, extensive hand-to-hand combat and endless chasings. He can even kill an opponent while sitting in a chair.

According to 9NEWS, "There are more than just a few similarities between prior Bourne movies and the 2016 release including Bourne's female encounters." The character of Heather Lee (as portrayed by Alicia Vikander) leads the group that hunts Bourne. "Tensions heat up when the newest Treadstone program (aka Iron Hand) asset is activated to come after Jason Bourne," 9NEWS said.

When it comes to Jason's lost memory, Philadelphia CBS said in their website, "The film loses a measure of emphatic drama with the protagonist's memory back in his arsenal." In the movie, a woman from the past will established a link to Bourne's past especially his father. However, based on the statement of his CIA colleague and ex-handler Nicky Parsons (portrayed by Julie Stiles) "Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything" knowing his family background will not be good enough.

In conclusion, Philadelphia CBS said, "And while the film has kinetic energy to spare, perhaps we might have appreciated being spared some of it. Think of it as not quite up to the standards of the first three installments, but about as impactful as the previous one."

It's worth mentioning that Jason Bourne did not appear in the last installment Bourne Legacy. Instead, the story runs around the life of Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner.

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