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Jason Bourne  : Born Again In The Same Avatar
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Friday, August 5, 2016
Paul Greengrass
Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Matt Damon, Riz Ahmed, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent

Somewhere on the Albanian border, bets are laid and a rough fight is on. A rather aged and shirtless Matt Damon throws a killer punch and wins. Of course, Damon playing Bourne with his clothes on will win outside the ring too when CIA director Robert Dewey wants to take him down.


Bosses and bad people sitting continents away hack into and destroy one another’s files and breach security systems. They orchestrate operations and bring down targets from thousands of miles away.  Director Paul Greengrass keep the scenes and the camera moving breathlessly over Reykjavik, Athens, the Silicon Valley, Virginia and Berlin, until the core problem is clear.  Personal rights versus public safety is a contemporary concern. For CBI Director Dewey privacy can go take a walk as he wants a full surveillance programme. IT guru Aaron, on the other hand, advocates freedom where nobody’s watching you.  But nothing’s really clear as favours quietly exchanged can influence public posturing. Alongside, Jason Bourne’s identity crisis continues to torment him this time over his father’s death. Finally, a CIA “asset” despatched to bring down Bourne merges into the same face and entity as his dad’s killer.


Within the CIA too, temperaments differ. A more sympathetic Heather Lee would like to bring Jason into the fold. Dewey would rather put a bullet in his head, never mind the body count.


Jason Bourne is set within a familiar template. The tempo is fast, the intrigues are vague and Matt Damon’s fists talk, his lips rarely move.


Damon needs to rest as he’s beginning to look as weary as Jason Bourne must be feeling over his identity. Alicia Vikander as Bourne’s softer colleague in the CIA requires only one stock anxious expression. Playing uncompromising Robert Dewey, actor Tommy Lee Jones too, isn’t given a varied wardrobe of expressions. But hardcore Bourne fans may still like the two-hour ride.       


For a quick-moving spy story using little more than today’s satellite communication, Jason Bourne gets a 2.5* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author


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