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Jason Bourne review: Action hero back for more mayhem

By Damon Smith

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) believes he knows how the US government moulded him into a trained killer as part of Operation Treadstone. He is living off the grid and posing as a bare-knuckle brawler.

Former contact Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) illegally accesses the CIA mainframe to download confidential files about Bourne's former life as David Webb.

She discovers a shocking secret and resolves to share the data with him. "We've just been hacked. Could be worse than Snowden," agent Craig Jeffers (Ato Essandoh) informs his boss, CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones), once the breach is detected.

Ambitious protegee Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) plants malware that allows her to covertly track Nicky's movements. She dispatches a hit man, code name Asset (Vincent Cassel), to neutralise the targets.

Jason Bourne is a deceptive slow burn for the opening half hour, but once the script lights the fuse on manifold deceptions, there's little time to breathe between plot revelations and bloodthirsty retribution.

Four stars

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