Stars: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandah, Scott Shepherd.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Screenplay: Christopher Rouse, Matt Damon
This is an excellent piece of action cinema and a very welcome return of Mr. Damon back to the Bourne universe. The plot is solid yet simple, the small cast creates focus, and the stakes feel real. A commentary on the world of surveillance that is taking not only Bourne's freedom but everyone. It harks back to the old but injects the new into decade plus franchise.
When newcomer Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) head of the CIA cyber department picks up deserted Bourne's trail after Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) hacks into the CIA's mainframe and so happens to gain the names of their new super secret team of assets—not to confuse this plot with Skyfall or whatever. Parsons gets in contact with Bourne which starts the chase to kill or capture their loose asset. Bourne has no desire to use the information for anything other than find out the truth about his past and why he was compelled to join the CIA in the first place.
Lee wants to try and bring Bourne back into the fold while CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and their asset (Vincent Cassel) want to take him out once and for all. On the other side of things Deep Dreams—a surveillance free platform for all of your apps—CEO Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) is being pressured by Dewey to allow the CIA access to their server and customers information. Will freedom or surveillance win this battle? If Bourne has anything to do with it he is our best bet to stop the government from reading your emails.
I have seen the entire Bourne franchise, somewhat begrudgingly, but for once I was completely taken in by the story. The opening action sequence in Athens is stellar cinema, cutting between three separate characters perceptive effortlessly. The stakes are high and there is no guarantee that everyone will get out alive. Over the rest of the film though the tension eases off and the sequences can become a bit boring—there is a car chase scene that literally just feels added in for the need for a climax in the last act.
The cast are brilliant in this film, I hated both the Asset and Dewey with a passion while rooting for Bourne and Lee—even if they are on opposite sides. Though I hate more than others every character's motives make sense and their passion for that motive is not exaggerated.
Very good film, I didn't ever think that I want more films from this franchise, well done team.