Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julie Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones
Genre: Action Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2016 123 mins.
Released by Universal Pictures
Jason Bourne's back in a fast, frenetic, physical, mayhem filled, edge-of-the-seat 123 minutes, Matt Damon-Paul Greengrass summer thriller.
Bourne's amnesia's gone but identity still nags and when old pal Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) finds new information on Treadstone, the black ops program and Bourne's father pops up, she needs to find him. It's 10 years since Jason Bourne walked and events have jumped into the world of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, mass surveillance programs and social media. Terror, technology and power are the new bed mates and counter insurgency expert Heather Lee's (Alicia Vikander) onto Parson's hacking and joins the chase. Filter in CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) who can always solve a problem with the 'Asset' (Vincent Cassel) and the dirty game's in full swing. CIA secrets need to be kept and Silicon Valley whizz kid Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) wonders why he ever linked up Deep Dream, his social media platform with Robert Dewey.
And what was Jason Bourne up to in his off the radar hike - bare knuckle fighting on the Albanian border. Jason Bourne is drawn out of the shadows into a cat-and-mouse game.
It's predictable with dialogue and character development sidelined but technically stunning with breathtaking action set pieces and the hand held camera offers that extra edge. Whether it's close action Bourne, an Athens motor bike ride or glitzy Las Vegas and screeching motor mayhem, it's Jason Bourne, a Matt Damon-Paul Greengrass match that works. Tommy Lee Jones has the care worn, lived in look, Alicia Vikander adds cool, Vincent Cassel, the 'Asset' is ice cold menace and Matt Damon's back.