Director: Paul Greengrass
I’ll come clean before I start, I adore the Bourne films. We’ve made sure were at the first night for all of them (except for ‘Legacy’, the one that Matt Damon is not in, which is also a cracking film.) However, unlike a mate of mine, I have no relationship with the books. So, when said mate starts to pick holes in scripts or plots, I can happily stick metaphorical fingers in my ears and ‘la, la, la’ to my hearts content.
The newest one in the series finally sees Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass back in harness, each of them having said that the other one would be the only reason they would do another film. Greengrass has co-written the script for this and, to be honest, there is no director currently operating that is better at this kind of tense, fast-moving, action blockbuster. He is a master of his craft.
This adventure has all the familiar Bourne hallmarks – a tense plot, strong acting from the great cast, brutal, epic fight sequences and a car chase that is one of the best ever filmed.
Tommy Lee Jones plays the grizzled, gnarly CIA Director, perfectly. There is a side plot involving a Facebook type social media company and it’s billionaire owner that is used, finally, to get all of the characters to Las Vegas for the huge ending. There is also a plot-twist that beautifully ties in the previous films and made me gasp, plus a terrific ending that made me smile, just the way that line from one of the earlier films, “Get some rest, Pam. You look tired,” did.
Already, after just one viewing, it is up there with the best of the genre, and the best of the Bournes. A cracker.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Any of the previous Bournes, Daniel Craig era Bonds