Matt Damon is returning as Jason Bourne this weekend with director Paul Greengrass and the early reviews have started rolling out for the action-packed thriller. While the reviews are mostly positive, it’s clear that Bourne might not live up to the original trilogy but Damon returning for the title role is much better compared to Legacy.
The following is a sampling of the early reviews:
Damon and Greengrass return to give the espionage genre another energising smack round the chops. A bold and eerily topical masterpiece of stuntcraft and bruising action. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
GOOD. Bourne is back, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing, the new film failing to hit the dizzying height of films 1-3. Rating: 7.0
Technically and logistically, Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him; there’s no one better when it comes to staging complex, chaotic action amid the real life of big cities. As before, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is a great asset in this regard, and all production and effects hands join seamlessly in the achieved goal of physical verisimilitude.
Mostly, the project marks a return to what worked about the franchise — namely, Damon — suggesting the relief of watching Sean Connery step back into Bond’s shoes after producers tried to replace him with a suave male model in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” Meanwhile, audiences are expected to forget both “The Bourne Legacy,” 2012’s disappointing attempt to carry on the name by casting Jeremy Renner in a superficially similar capacity, and “Green Zone,” the gritty (and virtually unseen) Iraq War thriller in which Damon and Greengrass tried to get serious. Now, the real Bourne has resurfaced, and both director and star are committed to making the most of it, holding us in their thrall until the Las Vegas-set finale, when this hyper-paranoid conspiracy thriller tilts into something bordering on silliness.
Cat-and-mouse extravaganzas are rarely as enjoyable as “Jason Bourne,” and when they are, it’s most likely because they’re the previous installments in this still vital rogue-agent franchise — that is, the ones directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”). Perhaps today’s master practitioner of jagged action, Greengrass can turn fistfights and chases into collision art. And after last year’s slick-and-tired 007 retread “Spectre,” being reminded of the Bourne saga’s grittier thrills is welcome, indeed.
Starring Matt Damon as the titular character, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, Tommy Lee Jones as a superior officer at the CIA, Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed as two CIA cyber specialists and Vincent Cassel as the mysterious villain of the movie, Jason Bourne is set to hit theaters on July 29, 2016. Are you excited for his return?