Directed by Paul Greengrass
The fifth installment of the Bourne franchise returns once again with the well-oriented Paul Greengrass in the direction and the inevitable Matt Damon in the main role.
This new adventure, which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel, works as a sequel to “Bourne Ultimatum”, also directed by Mr. Greengrass in 2007.
Jason Bourne (Damon), the former CIA lethal executioner and eternal fugitive who became traumatically amnesiac regarding his identity, retrieves partially his memory and unexpectedly starts to look for the reasons that led to the assassination of his father, Richard Webb, an analyst who was directly involved in the creation of the polemic Treadstone program.
During the search, initiated by his former partner Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), Bourne will fill some small memory gaps he still had about the years he became a relentless assassin for the American intelligence agency.
With Parson’s death, the only help he considers comes from Heather Lee (Vikander), the ambitious chief of the CIA's cyber ops division, whose intentions are enveloped in doubt and mystery. His fiercest opponent is the Asset (Cassel), an obsessive assassin who holds a grudge against him, believing that Bourne is a national traitor. The Asset receives direct orders from the unscrupulous CIA Director, Robert Dewey (Jones), whose main goal is to capture Bourne to prevent more information leaks that compromise both his name and the agency.
There’s a constant hazy tension associated with every scene and we almost don’t find a relaxed moment in Bourne’s turbulent life. However, in this particular case, I didn’t feel so connected as I felt in the previous installments, despite the stimulus of seeing him eluding the adversaries within a cat and mouse game.
Also, the initial insidious sequences are much more realistic and alert than the action scenes, which exhibiting a motorcycle ride hysteria and worn out car chases, left me both unsurprised and unimpressed.