Jason Bourne is exciting, relevant and tense – until it descends into absurdity [Review]

Jason Bourne is exciting, relevant and tense – until it descends into absurdity [Review]

For those unfamiliar with the name, this is the fifth instalment in the Jason Bourne film series, which sees Matt Damon play the title character, a former CIA assassin who struggles to figure out the truth about his past, while he kills with machine-like efficiency and outsmarts the CIA.

Jason Bourne follows a similar vein, as Bourne must outsmart not only an agency that uses technology to alarming extremes, but also an old nemesis and relentless assassin known as the Asset (Vincent Cassel).


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Meanwhile, young tech guru Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) struggles with guilt about how the CIA helped fund his new start up, putting the debate about personal privacy and national security in the spotlight. The film hits the nail on the head here, as the idea of anyone having unchecked power over privacy rights is both topical and scary.

The first hour is believable, as Bourne tries to use crowds of protesters as cover, while the CIA monitors social media and CCTV footage to track him – and the sense of imminent chaos is palpable.

But despite this realistic set-up, the film descends into absurdity. The chase scene at the film’s climax is not only logically impossible, it’s far too long and doesn’t match the rational, calculated behaviour of the characters. That’s a shame, as it lets down what is otherwise a solid film.

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
New Bourne is exciting – and absurd

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