The f̶i̶f̶t̶h̶ fourth "Jason Bourne" lives and dies by the very blueprint that made it both a cult and mainstream favorite.
Matt Damon is back as the mysterious and totally kickass title character, Jason Bourne. While "Jason Bourne" is a fun enough thriller, there was something missing from the end result. While, no, it has nothing to do with Damon's some 25 lines in the movie, but in some of the plot choices.
As for the positives, this movie almost feels like a dedication to itself.
The movie starts with Bourne living underground off the grid, bare-knuckle fighting for money. One of the scenes that stuck with me is one where we see Bourne take his shirt off showing the scars of his past before knocking out his more scary looking opponent with one swift hook.
It's a quick way of saying "Hey, remember this guy. He's off the grid and he's a human weapon."
There aren't many who do action, political-driven thrillers that can hold a candle to Damon's run on the Bourne series. The camera work, editing and subtitles are all done in classic Bourne fashion, which has created a blueprint for political thrillers, are all back like it's 2002.
The feelings of patriotic paranoia, suspense and, frankly, the Bourne-esque visualization are all there but I can't help but feel somewhat empty handed.
Obligatory spoiler warning
I felt like filmmakers passed up on its true payoff scene by spending about three-minutes on the Tommy Lee Jones vs. Jason Bourne showdown for the all-action-no-substance final showdown with "The Asset."
Jones, complete with patriotic exhausted saggy eyes, did a fine job as the manipulative, Spawn of Satan CIA director Robert Dewey. He felt like the true antagonist, the real enemy and Bourne's biggest challenge.
Instead, he was killed from behind in a very (VERY) predictable manner. Then we go into a fun, albeit ridiculous, chase through Las Vegas. Seriously, a hijacked SWAT truck through Las Vegas through casinos and the strip with no regard for human life.
What is this, Con Air?
I was impressed with the work of Alicia Vikander's Heather Lee, an upstart CIA cyber security official. She played the -- very Bourne blueprint -- on the inside/feels sorry for Bourne so they risk everything to help him character.
Vikander made the most of her role as I felt like she did a fantastic role playing the suppressed, emotional character. She was most impressive while on stage with Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed), the CEO and founder of Deep Dream (Facebook), and she realizes the CIA double-cross is on.
She and Damon made a strong duo at the forefront of the film, as Damon absolutely has this role down. I have nothing bad to say about the cast, which leaves me to wonder, how bad were the previous Bourne scripts that Damon wouldn't sign up for?
In conclusion, I would recommend checking this one out while it's still in theaters for fans of the franchise. For those new here, watch the original trilogy and then pick this one up in a month or two.