Re­born Bourne still de­liv­ers a punch


A lot’s changed in the past decade, since Matt Da­mon’s last out­ing as Bourne.

Geopo­lit­i­cally, the world’s a bloody sham­bles, which of­fers plenty of fresh back­drops to a new dose of as­sas­sin in­trigue.

And, de­spite stu­dios’ best ef­forts, there have been no new spy/ac­tion tent­poles dom­i­nat­ing cin­e­mas, un­less you count con­tin­u­ing in­stal­ments of the Bond, Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble and Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chises (def­i­nitely dis­re­gard The Bourne Legacy, ev­ery­body else has).

Rein­vig­o­rated by the break, and ready to re­claim their po­si­tion as both crit­i­cally-lauded and com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful, Da­mon re-teams with best Bourne di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass here, for pre­dictably sat­is­fy­ing re­sults.

Sur­round­ing Da­mon with lo­ca­tions torn from the head­lines – the Greece-Mace­do­nia border, anti-aus­ter­ity protests in Athens – as well as Os­car-win­ner co-stars in Ali­cia Vikan­der and Tommy Lee Jones cer­tainly does no harm.

Nor does in­fus­ing the Bourne world with a healthy dose of postSnow­den pol­i­tics.

But what re­ally makes this tick is the fa­mil­iar mix of gritty, tan­gi­ble di­rec­tion from Green­grass, and Da­mon re­turn­ing to his sig­na­ture ac­tion role. The nar­ra­tive winds its way around the globe and through the ex­pected ar­ray of twists and turns (hey, don’t for­get this still has paperback thriller author Robert Lud­lum’s DNA all through it as the cre­ator of Bourne).

Yes, you’ve seen this done be­fore.

Thank­fully these guys do it very, very well – and while Green­grass can’t re­sist shak­ing the cam­era too much, he’s staged some im­pres­sive, tense, set-pieces that de­mand to be seen on the big screen.

Pre­sum­ably, there are more of these to come. Bring it, I say.

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