Bourne is back! In times past this would have generated a lot more fanfare and excitement but a lot of time has passed since the last 'true' Bourne film. However, this overdue reunion of Damon and Greengrass managed to put a smile on my face and that, in itself, is an achievement in what must surely be the most lack lustre summer in recent cinematic memory!
So Bourne returns reluctantly sucked back into the fray following more Treadstone revelations (they really should be more careful)and in particular his deceased father's involvement. Somewhat ironically I couldn't quite remember what happened in the last (Damon) Bourne but it doesn't take long, thanks to a quick flashback moment, for us to feel back in zone with this familiar character.
The action comes thick and fast throughout the film and the familiar 'shaky cam' techniques of the director, while nausea inducing to some, are to me an old cinematic friend stylistically speaking.
A riot scene set in Bourne's Greek hideaway is classic Greengrass. We weave through the streets with Bourn, camera running alongside, and feel as if we were running the streets with him evading capture and continues his hunt for truth across the globe. An incredible car chase in Las Vegas towards the films climax is further indication that Paul Greengrass knows how to do action and make it feel believable; which is a major credit in the CGI action era.
Tommy Lee Jones is great as Bourne's government foil this time round and his gruff, cold persona is excellently portrayed. Alicia Vikander also excels and is a welcome addition to the cast as Agent Heather Lee . If the Bourne franchise is to continue after this film there is certainly scope to explore her character further.
While not as great as previous Bourne outings, this is certainly a welcome addition to the canon. As mentioned before, in a bleak cinematic summer this film is a definite highlight and more than sufficiently merits a trip to your local multiplex.