If we discount the non-Damon fourth Bourne movie, then it’s been almost a decade since the last proper Jason Bourne movie. And at this point in the series we’ve reached the point where we go into the movie not with giddy or fearsome anticipation at seeing another sequel, but in the state of mind that makes us wonder why. Reminds me a bit of the fourth or fifth part of the Die Hard franchise.
It’s not so much a question of whether the movie is any good, the real question at this point is, why bother at all. What else is there to tell.
Turns out, for a completely unnecessary sequel, there’s a good baseline competence at work that makes the movie work (more or less). While the plot is somewhat far-fetched even for a Bourne-movie, it’s not completely off the rails material. It’s definitely not a great movie, but at least I got what I expected. The action scenes are intense and carry the same kind of energy as those in the previous movies, there’s a palatable threat and it actually ties in with previous movies. The only thing I really disliked was the fridging of another female character to motivate Bourne, but sadly it’s not the first time the series has done this.