Jason Bourne Is More of the Same & That’s… Okay?
When Jeremy Renner stepped up to star in The Bourne Legacy, I held on to hope until the very last frame that Matt Damon would show up. I thought it would all tie together. I wanted more Jason Bourne. I actually feel bad for Jeremy Renner in this instance because I never really gave him a chance. The series simply doesn’t make sense without ‘Mr. I Don’t Remember Anything’.
I got my wish. Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass returned and we got a fourth Bourne movie.
Jason Bourne is a solid ‘Bourne’ movie. The same frantic action and deadly precision we’ve expected from the super spy is back and never looked better. Matt Damon owns this franchise and does so with a shockingly sparse amount of dialogue. His very presence is legendary at this point.
Unfortunately, the latest Bourne movie exposes a formula that makes the entire series predictable. Bourne doesn’t remember something and an old government guy holds all the secrets. The old guy sends out an assassin to kill Bourne and cover up ___________ conspiracy.
Here’s Matt Damon to sum up the series:
This Honest Trailer makes a few good points:
Normally, the term formulaic is considered negative when discussing the plot of a movie but Jason Bourne is still a good movie. It’s just a shame it relies so heavily on past storylines instead of breaking new ground. I found myself hoping for a twist in the narrative that never came. Without getting into spoilers the overall arc in the story plays out perfectly and Bourne is never really challenged. He’s simply not in any danger and kicks everyone’s ass.
That doesn’t mean it’s boring but it does make the film forgettable. Years from now, it will difficult to tell which assassin attacks Bourne in each movie. They will all mix together. Treadstone, Blackbriar, Iron Hand… They all mix together.
I had fun with this movie but it feels like I’ve seen it before. That puts me squarely in the middle between those who loved this film and those who reacted poorly to it. Jason Bourne is predictable and ultimately stale but it features some pretty amazing action sequences and chases. It’s simply more Bourne and that’s what I wanted when The Bourne Legacy omitted the hero.
I can’t fault them for making this film. It’s a good movie but I wish they took more chances and shook things up a bit. The story elements in this series may mix together but one day, years from now, I’ll revisit this series in marathon form. And I’ll love it.