Matt Damon as Jason Bourne
Matt Damon as Jason BourneFacebook/Bourne

Matt Damon returns as the titular Jason Bourne in the latest instalment of "Bourne" franchise, which will be released in India on Friday, Aug. 12. As is the case with all films that are new chapters in a cult brand, fans and critics had looked at "Jason Bourne" with a suspicious eye, and now, the verdict is out, at least from one of those two sects.

Even though fans of the "Bourne" franchise were psyched to hear about the return of Damon as the former CIA assassin and psychogenic amnesiac, critics had called "Jason Bourne" an unnecessary film. Bourne is returning after nearly a decade-long wait, to save the world from a threat like nothing he has ever seen before.

With actors like Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Bikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Julia Stiles, we know acting skills aren't going to be an issue in "Jason Bourne." However, there are some things that upset the critics, who also admit that they do not necessarily dislike the film. Here is a roundup of some of the reviews for "Jason Bourne:"

Vox (Rated 3 out of 5)

Jason Bourne is a sometimes entertaining film, worth seeing, especially if you loved the originals. But it's also a constant reminder that the original trilogy ended with its best film — and nobody likes the kid who keeps hanging around school years after he graduated.

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Watching the movie requires multitasking: You have to pay attention to multiple screens, to keep the spatial relations straight while the camera is, in effect, yanking you around. Is the boffo success of thrillers like Jason Bourne proof that our brains have evolved enough to follow multiple data streams at dizzying speeds — and, if so, why did I leave the movie feeling brain-damaged?

New York Times

The thrill isn't entirely gone. It's just a little more subdued. Mr. Damon, for his part, is as subdued as ever. Jason Bourne is a uniquely passive action hero, a man who runs on pure survival instinct as he tries to figure out who is after him and why. After so many years and so much running, his existential predicament has become a matter of routine.


A Damon Bourne movie at its most middling is still often preferable to more manufactured, artificial studio fare this summer. Damon and Greengrass do a workmanlike job carrying the series onward. But the vitality of previous Bourne films hasn't made as effective a leap.

Wall Street Journal

... If you're not feeling generous—and I leaned to the Not side after less than an hour—it's a collection of repetitive tropes that Mr. Rouse's pumped-up editing has turned into a two-hour version of a 100-yard dash. ( Barry Ackroyd did the flashy cinematography.)

Here is the trailer for "Jason Bourne"