The world is on the brink of disaster, which means it’s time for it to return. Naples, Munich, New York – his name is known everywhere. An elite super agent, the best of the best, even in Las Vegas the game will go by its rules. He is Jason Bourne.
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That the return of Paul Greengrass to the director’s chair, and Matt Damon to the lead role, would mean a return to its former quality after the highly dubious spin-off of Tony Gilroy with Jeremy Renner, no one doubted. But still there were fears that the new chapter would become optional and unnecessary in the franchise about a former CIA agent who lost his memory, because “Identity”, “Superiority” and “Ultimatum” were a completely completed trilogy that does not need sequels or branches (yes, another slap in the direction of unnecessary “Bourne Evolution”). It always seemed that everything that was possible had already been said in them. But!
Despite the fact that in the first act the events develop in a similar way as in the previous tapes about Jason (here’s Bourne, who has gone to the bottom again; here are new high-ranking CIA representatives and cold-blooded mercenaries; here is a new controversial project and people who are ready for it expose; here the hero again gets involved in all this and becomes a target), then the film begins to acquire new intonations.
Let’s start with the fact that Damon’s character line is getting a qualitative development. You say, in the final of The Bourne Ultimatum, he remembers everything and puts an end to his past? No matter how it is! It does not sleep, and now people who once influenced his fate no less strongly than the characters of Chris Cooper, Albert Finney and other old-timers begin to hunt for Jason, and Bourne himself has new personal motives. All this reveals the story of the hero much deeper and, which is very important, nowhere does it seem that the plot has been sucked out of the thumb like, for example, in last year’s “007: SPECTRUM”. The motivations of others are just as good here, especially if we consider the newcomers – the characters of Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Reese Ahmed and, especially, Alicia Vikander adequately complement the universe of the “bornian”, perhaps even surpassing the previous secondary characters of the franchise.
What should be noted is how vividly in the new series actual topics are written: unrest and protests of the public; violation of privacy and total surveillance of citizens by special services; radical methods of the CIA and their connections with the founders of social networks, and much more. Edward Snowden is also mentioned several times, clearly becoming a symbol and inspiration for new fighters against the system in the picture. After all, Paul Greengrass is not a simple artisan, but a talented and intelligent director, so you really shouldn’t turn your tongue to call “Jason Bourne” a trifling and secondary action movie. He is relevant to the marrow of his bones and for this he should be given credit.
But in general, Borniana, first of all, has always been a story about the search for oneself and the desire to do the right thing, despite the pressure of the ghosts of the past who want to prevent this in every possible way. And here this theme still works, finding a response from those viewers who understand this and are looking for the same. In addition to this, Jason Bourne raises questions such as: “Where is the line that separates actions aimed at good from bad and selfish?”
And, of course, a little about the action. I must say right away – he is not the best in the franchise. But this does not mean that the creators have taken a step back. The scenes of chases and fights are kept on the same level with the previous tapes, and Matt Damon, although he has aged almost 9 years since the last appearance, is still able to kick his opponents, albeit not so effectively. The camera shake signature style, which Greengrass himself set the trend for with the release of The Bourne Supremacy in 2004, is present, but thanks to new cameraman Barry Aykroyd (The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips), what is happening on the screen is already does not flicker as much as it did before. However, impressionable viewers should still sit away from the screen to avoid the desire to swear after the session due to eye fatigue. And yes, the Las Vegas chase scene … Do not leave the hall until you watch it. It’s worth it.
To summarize, this is a worthy return to one of the main spy franchises of the 21st century. Not the best film in the series, but far from falling face down in the dirt. The film directed by Paul Greengrass will not present almost anything new in terms of production, but it will still be able to find a response in the heart and again make you empathize with one of the most interesting lone heroes in the history of cinema. I think that in this case, more is not needed.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (61.78 Mbps)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS Headphone:X
Spanish: DTS-HD HR 7.1
French (Canada): DTS 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish