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Spoiler Free Review for Jason Bourne

Title: Jason Bourne

Date: 2016

MPAA: PG-13

Director: Paul Greengrass

Starring: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones

Synopsis: After the CIA gets hacked by a secret organization, unexpected events take place involving Jason Bourne’s past that require him to get back in the spotlight that could bring him to the breaking point.

Jason Bourne is the latest film in the Bourne franchise that is currently playing in theaters right now. At the start of the film, we meet Jason Bourne who doesn’t seem to have settled down after the events of the last film, and is looking as tired and tense as he has ever been. Some events happen involving Julia Stile’s character, Nicky, that require Jason Bourne to get back in action and play a cat and mouse game with the CIA like he normally does in these films. The first thing that occurred to me after watching this film was how similar it was to most of the other films plot wise. Jason Bourne struggled to bring something new to the table, and was very predictable. I’ll get to more of the flaws later in this film, so let me talk about what was good about it.

Paul Greengrass was back directing this film, and he created another very tense film that used a lot of cuts and different camera angles. This was very tense throughout. This is something Greengrass is know to do and once again he delivered. There were also some really good performances from the supporting cast including Alicia Vikander’s character, who basically filled the shoes for Joan Allen in this film. Her character was very similar to Joan Allen’s character, and was very intelligent, and had a “get down to business” personality. However, the best supporting character was Tommy Lee Jones who stole a lot of scenes he was in. He is a veteran actor who really controlled the room whenever his character was in a scene. Then there’s Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. The rumors are correct about his lack of dialogue. He hardly ever speaks in this film, and it is very similar to Ultimatum where it doesn’t focus on character depth or personality from Jason Bourne. Bourne is very serious in this film. Matt Damon does the best he can, and he really got jacked up for the part. I can tell he put a lot of work into looking the part for this role, which is something I really respect.

Jason Bourne was a very risky film to make. The main reason why they made another film in the first place is because they wanted to create another Bourne film that is relevant to what is going on in our world today. The previous Bourne films focused on terrorism and the “war on terror.” With this film, they decided to focus the story on government surveillance and hacking, kind of like what Edward Snowden has been involved with the past few years. This is something that is very serious in our world, and it is really important to address. I really appreciate the writers going toward this route. However, it did not pay off action wise. Unfortunately, there were a lot of cuts to computer screens and cell phones that really ruined the pace and tension of the story. We get plenty of this in the first half of the movie. With this being the case, Jason Bourne really struggles to keep the audience invested the entire movie. This film does have a fantastic third act, which will satisfy viewers looking for a lot of action.

The Bourne movies are known for being incredibly tense and having fantastic action throughout. Well, at least the Paul Greengrass directed movies were. Unfortunately, this film is probably the least tense and interesting out of the Greengrass directed films. There a lot of scenes that involve talking and looking at computer screens that really hurts the film. Based on the trailer, Jason Bourne was supposed to be a non-stop thrill ride, but basically all the stuff we see in the trailer is the main action in the movie. Another problem I had with this film is the lack of Jason Bourne. This film is named after him, yet there are a lot of scenes involving the supporting characters talking, and Bourne hardly ever talks. The writing was also very bad in this film as well. This is something that really didn’t matter in the previous two Bourne films directed by Greengrass, because there was so much action. However, this film had fewer action, and the film suffered because of the poor dialogue. The dialogue was very flat and vague, and didn’t really seem realistic to how people would talk in real life. Bourne films are known for being incredibly realistic, and the way characters communicated to each other just didn’t seem real and natural.

Jason Bourne is a sequel that may compare to a lot of other good action films of recent memory, but struggles to bring anything new to the table. This film was released 9 years after the last Matt Damon Bourne film, but did not live up to the hype. Jason Bourne does feel like a relevant film that is parallel to a lot of the things going on in our society. However, it lacks in non-stop action and thrills that a Paul Greengrass film is known to do. Overall, it is a good action film, but not a great one, and is the weakest out of the Matt Damon Bourne films. If you are a die-hard Jason Bourne fan then I would check this one out, because it does have some great scenes, and Matt Damon does a good job. The acting is very good, mainly because of the great cast. However, it could have been so much better, and suffered with its lack of action scenes and poor dialogue. I felt a little unsatisfied, and that is never a good thing coming out of a movie theater. My grade for this film is:

3.25/5

2 Comments

  1. Jason

    Nice review. Your score for this movie is what a lot of other people are given it (I gave it a 3.6 out of 5). Yes, I agree the story is a retread of past Bourne movies (especially Supremacy) and most of the new players in the film are cloned version of past characters. Still, the movie is enjoyable, entertaining, and Damon still is a solid Jason Bourne. I’m just hoping that they create something more “new” for the next Bourne feature.

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    1. Brendan Bellavia (Post author)

      Yeah I completely agree. I am all for great action and stuff, but I just want something different. I may be in the minority with this, but I would like to see another director for the next Bourne film. Greengrass has given the franchise some great stuff, but this film just lacked in originality and felt like the previous two Bourne films with Damon. I would like a director that can build on Bourne’s character more.

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