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Jason Bourne Review

31 Jul

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Very little about this movie is particularly original or interesting, and there’s a clear formula that Paul Greengrass breezes through here: Bourne walks away at an above average speed, the CIA picks him up in the crowd, someone catches up to him, they fight while the camera has a seizure, and Bourne gets away and is free to direct his stoic gaze upon the next scene. Add onto that a half-hearted attempt to insert a topical plot about surveillance, and you get a Bourne installment lacking the fresh, kinetic efficiency of the original trilogy (trilogy means three, people, so why the hell are we on number five?).

However, even though the two hours are relatively dull overall, there are several set pieces in here that are worth the price of admission. A chase scene set during an anti-government protest in Greece is impressively staged, and a climactic car chase/destruction of Las Vegas scene at the end brings the movie to ludicrous highs. In addition, though the script’s exploration of Bourne’s character is considerably weaker here than in past installments–and is limited by the ending of Ultimatum–I give them points for engaging with who this man is and what purpose he might have. The series has always been about Jason Bourne’s identity, and Greengrass and co. still understand that. It’s a bumpy ride and some of the character development feels empty, but at least there’s always a car chase to fall back on if the going gets tough.

GRADE: B-

Photo credit: Jason Bourne, Universal Studios

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2 Responses to “Jason Bourne Review”

  1. JustMeMike July 31, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    After Bourne jumped into the East River from the facility on E 71st and then swam away, and after Parsons boarded a bus to somewhere out of Tangiers, Morocco – one would have thought that they’d have trouble reconnecting. But they did. Albeit nine years later

    And as expected Parson’s intrusion (hack) was detected. So off we go.

    From there it is another Bourne film which means Greengrass stuck to the formula. The film works as an action/adventure. And by sticking to the formula, there were no surprises. And a distinct sense of this seems so familiar.

    Alexanderplatz in Berlin became Syntagma Square in Athens. Bourne riding a motorcycle up and down steps in Tangier became Bourne riding up and down steps in Athens. An unbelievable motor chase that we saw on the streets of Paris (Identity) and then in a tunnel Moscow (Supremacy) became a parking garage in Las Vegas.

    Jones replaced Strathairn who replaced Bran Cox as the sharp end of the stick. And Vikander replaced Joan Allen.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Too bad Bourne just walked away from Vikander in the DC park at the end. I was expecting a line similar to the one Bourne gave Joan Allen at the end of Ultimatum – Get some rest Pam, you look tired.

    Not this time.

    Still, if you go in expecting JUST more of the same, and MORE of what we know – the Bourne formula – you come out satisfied.

  2. peggyatthemovies August 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    At the beginning, things were just too easily sewn up for Vikanders character. It got interesting for me when they went to Vegas and I did like all the REAL stunts v. CGI which I’m actually bored of now. I gave it same grade!

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