Bourne has been off the grid for a number of years now, and in that time he's managed to remember all the memories he lost before the events of the first film. He knows his past, his choices and what got him here, and he's not awfully happy with what's been going on. But there's something about his past that he doesn't know about, and this something is discovered by former ally Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles). With Bourne after answers, he comes out of hiding, and this puts him in the CIA's spotlight. Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) are put in charge of either taking Bourne in, or, if he isn't compliant, taking him down.
The character of Bourne has always been fascinating, and now that he's gotten his memory back, anything goes. The first three films are brilliant, and part of that was seeing Bourne interact with people without having any memory of who he once was. Seeing him put together the pieces of the puzzle was rather entertaining, and while that whole mystery is behind him, he's just as badass as ever. One of my biggest issues with the second film, The Bourne Supremacy, was that they spent too much time focusing on the CIA than on Bourne, and for the first twenty minutes it seemed like they were going to do the same thing here. Thankfully, once Bourne got to do something, and finally speak, this film kicked it up a notch and Bourne was well and truly back.
That being said, when it does get back to Bourne, it's pretty much non-stop thrills. Full of action and tense street chases, Jason Bourne is an exhilarating ride. Paul Greengrass once again uses his famous shaky cam, and while it's effective in some cases, others it is not, making the action occasionally incomprehensible. Still, for the most part, the action is insane, particularly a chase sequence towards the end that's just off the charts cool. I had a blast with this movie, and this is mostly thanks to the action, which is a big step up compared to the previous films.