Spectacular motorcycle chases, superb explosions and car races are all part of the Bourne formula. You either like the franchise or you don’t.
We have long run out of Robert Ludlum’s plots, so prepare to view 100% recycled material. If so many objects weren’t blown up, it would be quite ecological, in terms of going over the same ground again and not leaving new footprints.
Matt Damon is back and he’s been working out. He keeps saying he remembers everything and then he forgets important stuff.
Plot? Jason is on the run, of course. His old friend Nicky – played with great charm by Julia Stiles – decides to help him. They meet in the middle of a Greek protest, like you do.
Meanwhile, Vincent Cassel is trying to kill Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander think this is a good idea. Vikander’s accent drifts to the British side of American, but she tries hard and looks lovely.
Riz Ahmed is really wonderful as entrepreneur Aaron Kalloor. Paul Greengrass directs with his usual race against time need for speed.
The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse all enjoyed it very much and I did too. Whether you like it or not depends on how much you like Jason Bourne. I look forward to his next adventure, although I hope for a more original plot.