JA­SON BOURNE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

Direc­tor: Paul Green­grass (The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum) Star­ring: Matt Da­mon, Ali­cia Vikan­der, Tommy Lee Jones, Vin­cent Cas­sel, Riz Ahmed, Ju­lia Stiles Ver­dict: Bourne again, and no longer hav­ing a bad-head daze

TEM­PER­A­TURES are ris­ing at po­lit­i­cal hotspots all over Europe. Big data is screw­ing the lit­tle guy. The US feds are get­ting car­ried away with their self-ap­pointed role as the po­lice of the Western world.

There­fore most long-time Bourne fans will heartily agree it is good to have the famed am­ne­siac as­sas­sin back do­ing what he does best.

Bet­ter still, he is played once more by Matt Da­mon, the ac­tor who con­veys the char­ac­ter’s in­dus­tri­al­strength angst best.

Now, it must be said that as a com­plete movie pack­age, Ja­son Bourne does not quite sum­mon the same lev­els of brain-snap­ping bravado as last decade’s trail­blaz­ing tril­ogy of Da­mon-pow­ered ve­hi­cles.

Nev­er­the­less, it does do a fine job of re-es­tab­lish­ing a fran­chise that still has some fuel left in the tank for fu­ture in­stal­ments.

His­tory shows Jase’s memory loss got so bad he plain for­got to show up for the last Bourne movie in 2012.

(That was the one where Jeremy Ren­ner filled in by play­ing Bourne’s ap­pren­tice. Or was it his cousin? Or but­ler, maybe? No one re­ally re­mem­bers.)

So what has be­come of Bourne in all that time off the grid? As the film be­gins, he is a semi-pro street-fighter in sub­ur­ban Athens for a cut-price UFC out­fit.

Thank­fully, it ain’t long be­fore Bourne is snapped out of his funk as a B-grade brawler. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a cache of CIA files that re­stores his long-lost iden­tity, Ja­son Bourne is a man on a mis­sion (and with a memory!) once more.

From here, the plot ex­pands to flashily flesh-out an all-new con­spir­acy around a black-ops CIA strat­egy code-named Iron­hand.

This “full-spec­trum global sur­veil­lance pro­gram” has been covertly de­vel­oped by Deep­Dream, a fic­tional Face­book-Google hy­brid run by en­tre­pre­neur­ial en­gi­neer Aaron Kal­loor (Riz Ahmed).

While Deep­Dream dupes the world into think­ing they can en­sure com­plete pri­vacy on the in­ter­net, ev­ery bit of info that passes through their servers goes in the grubby paws of CIA direc­tor Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones).

As Mr Dewey is a bit of an old­timer, his right-hand woman in nav­i­gat­ing this vast ocean of il­le­gally gained in­for­ma­tion is young ge­nius data an­a­lyst Heather Lee (Ali­cia Vikan­der).

It is not nearly as com­pli­cated as it reads, re­ally. Largely be­cause the movie has a fresh iden­tity cri­sis into which its ti­tle char­ac­ter must be plunged head­long.

Ja­son Bourne might well now know who he is. But does he know what he is?

This late-model Bourne is al­most a Ter­mi­na­tor in terms of tough­ness and tem­per­a­ment. On the ev­i­dence presented here, you can shoot him, knock him off a mo­tor­bike, or chase him off a tall build­ing.

Sure as eggs, he’ll come to, dust him­self off, and keep com­ing af­ter you.

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