Jason Bourne

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Tense, violent spy action follows franchise formula.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 123 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie seems to celebrate the hero's violent behavior, championing his ability to beat up/kill anyone and to always be three jumps ahead. He sometimes suffers for all the violence he committed, but the movie exonerates him (it wasn't his fault).

Positive Role Models & Representations

In earlier movies, Bourne might have been a "cool" spy hero, but here he's angrier and more burnt-out. There are a couple of women in positions of power, but they're thinly drawn and have no particularly admirable qualities.


Guns and shooting; characters die. Brutal fights, with martial arts and blunt objects. Bloody scratches. Car crashes. Explosions. A revolution in the streets, with Molotov cocktails and total chaos. Fall from height. A man is bound and gagged. Bullet scars and whip scars shown.


Infrequent language includes "s--t," "prick," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jason Bourne is the fifth movie in the Bourne series, marking the return of original star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (both took the fourth film off). Violence is the main issue, with lots of guns and shooting, brutal hand-to-hand fights, and more. Some wounds and scars are shown, but there's not much blood. There are wild car chases, riots, explosions, fire, and falls from high places. Several characters die. Language is infrequent but strong and includes "s--t" and "bitch." Teens may be eager to see this high-profile actioner, but it's arguably the worst in the series, with most of the participants seeming bored and uncommitted.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjia f. July 29, 2016

A totally thrill and action movie and has no nudity/sex at all

I am fan of all bourne movies and I am super happy to watch this movie .The movie was full of action and thrill and has no sex/nudity at all,even no kiss.
Adult Written byGary O. August 2, 2016

Worst Bourne yet

Save your money and skip this one. Damon provides the worst screenplay of his career in this mega-flop. No discernible plot, camera work that borders on motion... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byanonymous2000 August 2, 2016
Yes there was a lot of violence in this movie, but it that is what action movies/this series of movies are about. The chase scenes and secret missions are what... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTrustyteengamer August 1, 2016


I enjoyed the previous Jason Bourne movies and was exited for this one but honestly I was pretty disappointed. Very dull and practically the same as the others.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In JASON BOURNE, the titlular hero (Matt Damon) has been off the grid for years, surviving through underground fighting. His old colleague, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), discovers a list of CIA Black Ops, which includes information about Bourne's father, as well as details about a new program. Bourne starts investigating, bringing himself to the attention of the CIA. Agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) wants Bourne brought in, but CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) -- who's cooking up a sinister plan with the help of a giant social network called Deep Dream -- wants Bourne gone. Meanwhile, an assassin with links to Bourne's past, simply referred to as "Asset" (Vincent Cassel), is on his trail. Can Bourne escape with his life?

Is it any good?

After the Jeremy Renner reboot The Bourne Legacy, star Damon and director Paul Greengrass return for this fifth entry; but you have to wonder, why did they even bother, when everyone looks bored? In earlier movies, Damon gave commanding physical performances, using his eyes and expression to take in his surroundings and calculate his next move. But in Jason Bourne, both the story and his motivations are more muddled -- is he seeking revenge, to shut down the CIA's illicit programs, or both? -- and Bourne is much harder to get behind.

Damon seems to be going through the motions, the other actors seem equally lost or bored, and behind it all, Greengrass turns in some of his sloppiest work. In the excellent The Bourne Ultimatum, Greengrass took care in establishing the physical surroundings of each action sequence. Here, the action consists mainly of chases, hurtling headlong into unknown territory, and the director's lurching, shaking camera leaves everything an indecipherable, gnarled mess.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jason Bourne's violence. How intense is it? Does the relative lack of blood affect its impact? What is the impact of media violence on kids?

  • The movie brings up the conflict between privacy and security. How much privacy would you be willing to give up to attain a measure of security? What's the argument on each side?

  • What is Bourne's motivation? What's the end result of this? What does revenge accomplish?

  • What is Bourne's appeal? Is the fact that he's such a loner part of it? What is it like being alone?

  • How does this movie compare to the previous films in the series? To the books?

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