Jason Bourne (2016) – 5/10 action thriller movie review

Jason Bourne (2016)

Bourne has been living off-the-grid but Nicky Parsons learns of another ethically dubious black op training program and contacts Bourne. What she doesn’t know is that Bourne has been replaced with an indestructible cyborg replica.


Morose and completely unconvincing action thriller that sees an indestructible Jason Bourne do impossible things for next to no reason while Tommy Lee Jones scowls from behind a Tommy Lee Jones scrotum mask that has been left out in the sun for a hundred years. If they had revealed that his head had been a walnut all along, it would have been more believable than the drek the filmmakers want us to go along with here. Now, a lot of the action is alright, undoubtedly ambitious (a bike chase through a riot is incredibly impressive logistically) and some of it is genuinely thrilling but it’s not enough to distract from the uninvolving characters and story. I think this franchise would have been better off leaving the trilogy and Treadstone arc alone and continued as an A-Team, Knight Rider or Incredible Hulk thing where Bourne swans into a town or someone’s life with a problem and helps eliminate it before moving on. Instead, this is the Crystal Skulls of the Bourne franchise that we’ll probably try and just overlook.

Content Summary

This movie contains extreme violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cast / crew

Director, Producer and Writer: Paul Greengrass
Editor, Executive Producer and Writer: Christopher Rouse
Characters Creator: Robert Ludlum
Jason Bourne / David Webb: Matt Damon
Actor and Producer: Matt Damon
Tommy Lee Jones: CIA Director Robert Dewey
Alicia Vikander: Heather Lee
Vincent Cassel: Asset
Julia Stiles: Nicky Parsons
Riz Ahmed: Aaron Kalloor
Producer: Frank Marshall
Producer: Gregory Goodman
Producer: Ben Smith
Producer: Jeffrey M. Weiner

The Bourne Legacy (2012) – 6/10 action thriller movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Writer: Tony Gilroy
Screenplay Writer: Dan Gilroy
Producer: Frank Marshall
Producer: Patrick Crowley
Producer: Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producer: Ben Smith
Creator The Bourne Series: Robert Ludlum
Jeremy Renner: Aaron Cross
Rachel Weisz: Dr. Marta Shearing
Edward Norton: Col. Eric Byer, USAF, Ret.
Stacy Keach: Adm. Mark Turos, USN, Ret.
Dennis Boutsikaris: Terrence Ward
Oscar Isaac: Outcome #3
Joan Allen: Pamela Landy
Albert Finney: Dr. Albert Hirsch
David Strathairn: Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn: Ezra Kramer

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The ramifications of Jason Bourne’s action are rippling through sister super-soldier programs, the most closely linked of which are being shut down so as to avoid exposure. Shut down meaning killing everyone involved in a way that involves all the police, all the fire service, all the ambulances and all the media in all of the USA. Super-soldier Aaron Cross survives but has run out of his medication and sets about using his skills to procure some more.


Competent thriller that keeps your attention and provides reasonable, if mechanical, excitement but suffers from Jeremy Renner lacking charisma. He is perfunctory, convincing even, and performs fine but you’re just not invested in his story. Not even when he hilariously appears in a kitchen cupboard (which he must have been hiding in for ages and are apparently man-sized in America). While Rachel Weisz does have charisma, she isn’t the focus of the film and doesn’t have a character or story; she could just as easily be a key. Or a flower; she’s so lovely.

This movie contains graphic violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Janson Directive (2002, Conspiracy Thriller) – 7/10 book review

Cast / crew
Writer: Robert Ludlum

Janson Directive, The (2002)

Paul Janson, a former Con-Ops legend and current high-level private security advisor, is requested by his former employers to retrieve munificent billionaire Peter Novak from the clutches of a Middle-Eastern country who plan to publicly execute him. Though reluctant to have anything to do with the American military again, Janson puts his own personal feelings aside to plan and lead the rescue of Peter Novak, a great man who was responsible for saving Janson’s life several years earlier.


Largely thrilling page-turner with an intriguing central conceit (through his charitable foundation a billionaire accomplishes what the American government can’t due to foreign policy and international etiquette, SPOILER except he is a fictitious character, played by multiple surgically altered agents, created by the American government to do just that). There are a couple of marvellous rug-pulling moments though the first one is undermined by the later revelation it was done on purpose (though it’s not clear why) and it has the unfortunate effect of making the entire story feel a bit of a cheat. Nevertheless, this ticks most of the boxes you want from a thriller novel.

This Robert Ludlum book contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and graphic violence, unpleasant and sadistic torture scenes and sexuality.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – 8/10 action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer (Screenplay): Tony Gilroy
Writer (Screenplay): Scott Z. Burns
Writer (Screenplay): George Nolfi
Writer (Screen Story): Tony Gilroy
Writer (Original Novel): Robert Ludlum
Matt Damon: Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles: Nicky Parsons
David Strathairn: Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn: Ezra kramer
Paddy Considine: Simon Ross
Edgar Ramirez: Paz
Albert Finney: Dr. Albert Hirsch
Joan Allen: Pam Landy

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

When a British journalist publishes a story linking him and Operation Black Briar, Jason Bourne has a new lead to follow to discover the secrets of his past. As he goes head-to-head against the CIA, even Bourne can’t keep a full step ahead of the chasing pack.


A conspicuous lack of an ultimatum and at least one giant plot hole (how does Bourne get into Noah Vosen’s office in CIA’s New York building) do not prevent this from being the best action movie of 2007, extremely thrilling (a Waterloo station sequence is edge of the seat stuff) and an entirely fitting climax to what has turned out to be a fine trilogy. For forty years, everyone wanted to be Bond. Now even Bond wants to be Bourne.

This movie contains extreme hand-to-hand violence, graphic gun violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.