I don't usually write spoiler filled reviews because I don't see the point. But considering my not so positive review of Jason Bourne, one of the most highly anticipated movies of Summer 2016, I thought it might be worth trying to explain why I reached the verdict I did. If you haven't seen this movie stop reading because there are spoilers ahead. Click here to see the spoiler free review.
The movie begins with Bourne in Greece. He's laying low, making money by competing in underground fights and still struggling with his past. He lacks purpose which is making him miserable. Nicky Parsons on the other hand is busy hacking the CIA in order to expose their black ops programs. So far so good. But when Nicky finds something out about Jason's (or should I say David's) past, she heads to Greece to find him. Unfortunately her activities have drawn the attention of CIA Agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), a cyber ops specialist who begins to track her. Using a riot as cover Nicky meets with Bourne but before they can discuss anything two CIA field teams move in on them. The ensuing motorbike chase is proof that Paul Greengrass hasn't lost his touch where action is concerned, it's exciting and very well filmed. But it ends in the most predictable manner, Nicky is killed by an Asset (Vincent Cassel) sent by CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), I'll get to those two later. So already this movie is a rehash of The Bourne Supremacy; Bourne has been in hiding, a bad guy shows up, there's a chase and it ends with the girl being shot and killed and a crash. If I could see this coming based solely on a trailer how many others did?
Before she dies, Nicky gives Bourne the information. It's stored on a secure flash drive so Bourne heads to Berlin to meet with the hacker Nicky was working with in order to access it. This is where the story unnecessarily delves back into Bourne's past, it turns out his father, Richard Webb was the Analyst who originally developed the Treadstone program. But he tried to expose the program when his son was picked as a candidate. In order to prevent this from happening the CIA had Richard Webb killed in a way that looked like a terrorist attack. David Webb witnessed the attack which became his reason for joining Treadstone, giving Bourne something to remember in increasing detail later. So the father invented Treadstone and then tried to expose it, then the son became not only the first Agent to join but the best Agent as well and he was the one who exposed the whole thing. If that isn't enough coincidence for you, there's more. Robert Dewey was the one who ordered the assassination of Richard Webb and it was carried out by the same Asset who killed Nicky. This Asset has a real grudge against Bourne because when he exposed Blackbriar, Asset was compromised and endured two years of torture in a Syrian prison. This web of connections sits somewhere between highly unlikely and absolutely ridiculous.
I think I was looking forward to this movie more than any other in 2016 and my verdict of underwhelming makes me think they should have left Bourne in the shadows. That's everything I have to say on the lastest instalment in The Bourne Saga. I hope it hasn't bored you too much. If I've made a mistake or you have a different view on the movie please feel free to share it, either in a comment below or on our FaceBook and Twitter pages.