Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jason Bourne

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Jason Bourne – 3 out of 5

Jason Bourne is back and ready to kick some ass!  After the trilogy and the franchise’s spin-off with Jeremy Renner, it sorta felt like we wouldn’t see Matt Damon return in the titular role.  Surprisingly, it was announced that not only would Damon reprise his role but it would be co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass, the man who directed Damon in The Bourne Supremacy and The Borne Ultimatum.  So, is Jason Bourne worthy of that badass moment we see in the trailer where he knocks an MF’er out with one punch or is this franchise running out of ideas?

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Sorry for the Spoiler but this badass moment doesn't play out in the badass
way it does in the trailer.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been keeping his existence low key, staying off the radar of those that turned him into a highly effective killing machine.  However, after former colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) successfully hacked the CIA, she learns that there’s more to the program that created Bourne than the spy ever realized.  Now aware that Bourne is still out there and still a threat, CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) teams with the head of the CIA’s cyber ops division; Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), and they send out a dangerous killer (Vincent Cassel), who has a shady past with Jason Bourne, to finally eliminate the man.

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Have you tried searching every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse,
henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the area for Jason Bourne?

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At this point, I literally believe Matt Damon is Jason Bourne.
I was pretty excited to see a new Jason Bourne film because I’m such a fan of the trilogy—heck, I even found the spin-off with Jeremy Renner to be entertaining—but I was a tad disappointed with this 5th addition to the franchise.  While Matt Damon still embodies the character and the rest of the cast is excellent, the film suffers greatly in the story department.The previous Bourne films balanced out the espionage and intrigue with the killer action but this one provides a story that feels very underdeveloped and offers up very little intrigue and surprises.  In fact, the film only has one major reveal in it and it is shown rather early.  After that moment, the film feels like it is just coasting until it can get to its epic action-packed finale.  The worst part of it all is the fact there is a part of the story that was clearly inspired by the FBI’s more recent request to Apple that involved them having an all access “key” to people’s phones and this element in the story just felt absolutely superfluous and never really feels like it belongs.  It ends up making the whole story feel way too formulaic and lazy for a Bourne film.  At its worst, it makes the whole film feel like two underdeveloped ideas unsuccessfully mashed up into one feature.

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The fact that Alicia Vikander's character turns out to be a robot feels awfully familiar.

The story may have been very disappointing and nowhere near as engaging as the previous tales have been but the film still does some things right.  I already mentioned the cast but the film also offers up a badass antagonist in the form of Vincent Cassel—although, sadly, his character isn’t written too well and the badass factor just comes from the action and Cassel’s performance.  Additionally, the film has some really great action scenes.  While the smaller fist fights that were very evident in the other films feel suspiciously absent and the feature seems to rely on bigger action spectacle more than anything, these moments are still satisfying but only seem to be reserved for the beginning and the end and the rest is filled with a chase scene here and there.  It has its moments that definitely satisfy the action itch but, unlike the other Bourne films, the itch is never truly satisfied entirely.

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If you've been reading Invincible Iron Man lately, you would know that Cassel is
also apparently playing Victor Von Doom--which actually would be great casting
if Fox ever decides to give the rights back to Marvel.  Which, it's evident, that they should.

Jason Bourne definitely has its scenes and sequences that makes it a fairly decent movie.  The film starts strong, delivers a killer car chase during the final act and the cast is very good but it doesn’t help cover up the fact that this film feels like it was two potential scripts mushed up into one and done so without the development or the intrigue it needed to be a proper Bourne film.

1 comment:

  1. This Movie Review! was actually fantastic. Love the Jason Bourne series too, shown very nicely how two potential scripts mushed up into one and done so without the development or the intrigue it needed to be a proper Bourne film.


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