Jason Bourne Review – The Manchurian President

Whenever I think of the Bourne films, I just keep thinking of the word ‘bombastic’.

I’m not really sure why, because the films are anything but “high-sounding with little meaning” or inflated“.

Maybe it’s due to the phonetic sound of that first part of the word? So resonant of the amount of explosive action that occurs on-screen because Matt Damon as Jason Bourne is trying to remember something.

When we last left the amnesiac patriot in The Bourne Ultimatum, he’d discovered that his real name was really boring. This was the cost of the freedom he’d earned though, and now he returns once more because some people just couldn’t let it go.

It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

For some reason I keep thinking of the first part of the film as “meddlesome”. Jason Bourne is trying to figure out his life and finds himself suddenly pulled back into the world of super-spydom and all that jazz. He was just trying to start his MMA career (which is very smart for a man with his chin and fighting skill), but apparently he has to put on some clothes and figure out what the government is up to.


Due to time passing, Stiles finds herself as the only familiar face returning with Damon, who find themselves fighting Agent K (Jones) and Tomb Raider (Vikander). Once Scooby Doo and his gang remove the meddling, the middle and end of the movie truly kick into BOURNE AGAIN territory.
While the “one punch” scenes at the start are certainly excellent, it’s when Bourne gets a second punch in with some intrigue on top that really kicks it up. Questions such as “who’s playing who” and “why does Vikander seem flat at the moment” are answered quickly as the body count rises and some fun gadgets are added in.

The story reestablishes itself in the present day, bordering on arguments of privacy and information in a day and age where digital footprints are larger than that of a T-Rex’s. This is all solely delivered by discussions had by other characters, as Damon’s Bourne delivers lines that find themselves outnumbered by the punches he throws, ten-fold. This is perfectly fine though, as we’re really there to see the classic rough and tumble action we expect from Bourne (blurry action cuts and all).

Is this the final part in the Bourne series? Oh hell no. The way this ends leaves as many questions as memories Bourne can remember.

And while it doesn’t feel like Bourne at first, you’re definitely re-BOURNE come its ending.


Want more BOURNE? Well you got it!


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