Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's been almost ten years since we left Jason Bourne floating away in the East River of NYC. Some may have chosen to forget about him, others probably wish he would have never resurfaced. I was almost certain that a sequel was going to be made, but what I never could have anticipated is how long it would have taken to come. This new sequel, which drops the classic title themes that made Robert Ludlum's novels so memorable, is basically from another time. It feels like a film that came six or seven years too late- the action and story follow the same predictable routes that the last three Damon Bourne films follow, and don't try to do a whole lot to increase the stakes with this sequel, outside of keeping the shroud of Bourne's past a driving force to the story.
Jason Bourne is bookended by two great and explosive action sequences that basically monopolized almost every frame of the trailers we saw. That is where a large chunk of the action derives from, and the rest of it mainly consists of cell phone conversations and computer hacking that already has been a staple of the previous films. There are, of course, enough action sequences in between to keep audiences on edge, but it largely relies on dialogue to move its plot forward, which is slightly disappointing, considering the frenetic pace this series was built upon. I won't say that the action scenes themselves are disappointing, I only wish that there were more of them to go around. Also, I don't think that we're ever going to be able to make another movie about government conspiracies without making at least one reference to Snowden anymore, and Jason Bourne has two. I mean, the line "We've just been hacked. It could be worse than Snowden." feels like too easy of a way into intensifying the severity of the situation that the government finds itself in.
Jason Bourne sometimes forks off into side plots that aren't fully explained and leave something to be desired, promising a deeper story that isn't adequately explored. The issue of American privacy in the 2010's has all but dominated the themes of this film, giving a promising story supplement that is thrown off to the side in favor of what the audience really came to find out. Don't get me wrong- the mystery of Jason Bourne himself is more than satisfyingly explored here, but there are promising stories that are left to hang in the end without being used to their fullest potential.
Perhaps this film did come a little too late. I somewhat moved on from the older Bourne films, although a revisit is far from out of the question. Jeremy Renner's Bourne film was severely disappointing, but I'm certain that the two characters are going to meet sooner rather than later. It's just a shame that Greengrass couldn't find a way to make Robert Ludlum's series (which actually wasn't continued by him after Ultimatum) more adaptable to the times. It feels distinctly mid-2000's, I mean just look at that poster. If there's one thing that I really hate about this movie, it's that terrible poster. Some things are just better left floating off in the East River of NYC, but I can't completely agree that Jason Bourne is one of them. I just think we left him out in the cold for a little too long. Here's to hoping that, if they make another one (and they undoubtedly will), it will be more adaptable to match the other action films of this decade.
And for the love of everything, change the Moby theme song back to the original recording, that cover was atrocious.