Film Review: Jason Bourne

by Sam Robinson

Rated M. Starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander. Directed by Paul Greengrass.

Jason Bourne is back. Matt Damon clearly needed to pay for his kids’ education.

Last decade gifted us with three solid Bourne films (2002-2007) with Matt Damon in the title role. Now, director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, Ultimatum) is pretending that 2012’s offshoot chapter The Bourne Legacy – which featured Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) popping pills in an Alaskan cabins – never happened.

Personally, I didn’t mind Legacy, but it is very nice to see Jason Bourne back – along with his memories. Jason Bourne is a semi-origin story (as the title suggests), as Bourne manages to pull together more details from his past, previous to becoming part of Operation Treadstone. Set ten years after Ultimatum, Bourne’s reappearance is noticed by the CIA, sparking a high velocity cat and mouse chase across the world.

This is very much a Bourne flick, complete with twists, exciting stunts, strong violence, and in this instance, not many words from Matt Damon. It will leave you breathless at points, and perhaps even stunned at the tsunami of innocent cars destroyed through the streets of Las Vegas via a high-speed chase. Alicia Vikander is great as CIA agent Heather Lee, and Vincent Cassel performs so well as Bourne’s pursuer that you love to hate.

Jason Bourne is on the hunt for answers. Who is his father, and what happened to him? Who can he trust? He’s got a brilliant mind, a great skill-set, and physical strength, but it is his limited memory that lets him down. It’s especially nice to see him use Google like the rest of us.

‘It’s time to come in, Jason.’

The CIA appeal to Bourne time after time to stop running, and come in – come home. But the issue is that Bourne doesn’t know who to trust. He’s become so used to operating solo, with such hazy knowledge of himself and his past. He doesn’t know who to trust.

In a world where there is great uncertainty, we often find ourselves in a similar situation. Who can we trust – and can we trust the Bible? When God calls on us to turn back to him in obedience and faith, can we know this calling is true? I find comfort from Psalm 145:13 –

‘Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.’

The Bible tells us time and time again that our God is trustworthy. He does not change (James 1:17). He calls us to come home, and we know we can trust him.

The Verdict: Jason Bourne is a return to form for the Bourne franchise. Some will dismiss this as a cash grab from Universal, but despite nine years between Matt Damon drinks, it’s a welcome, and thrilling, comeback. 4/5

Jason Bourne releases in cinemas worldwide later this week.

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