Film Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ Was So Bad, It Made Me Retroactively Reconsider My Love of the Franchise
In interviews, Greengrass and Damon talk about the topical motivations for bringing back the iconic character, including the changing norms around privacy in a post-Snowden world. But the plot here is so thin and so similar to the other films that I was stunned they considered it worthy of bringing Bourne out of hibernation.
In Jason Bourne, Bourne realizes he has even more memories about his past that he needs to uncover. And while the CIA is trying to take him out and/or stop him from unraveling his past, it’s also tangling with a major figure (in this case, it’s Aaron Kalloor, played by Riz Ahmed, CEO of a fictional Silicon Valley company) trying to uncover one of its sketchy programs. Sound familiar? Okay, so the Bourne films have never been super innovative with their plotting. But what they all had was a propulsive energy and a vicarious joy that came from watching Bourne stay one step ahead of the CIA’s “assets.”
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