|"Me Jason Bourne. Me still angry and confused. Me want a cookie."|
IntroThe first four Bourne movies each had their own charm to them, even the spin off The Bourne Legacy. As long as you don't watch them all in a single day, you can enjoy what each one has to offer and not notice their repetitive themes as much. My personal favorite is The Bourne Identity. It's the first time that we see Matt Damon's (The Departed) signature character and get to experience his confusion during the ride.
With every following film, the mystery lightens, but it's entertaining to follow along with his journey. There is a growth for Jason Bourne that fits into a completed puzzle. In Legacy, Bourne is nowhere to be found, however Jeremy Renner (Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol) takes up the mantle and keeps the franchise viable. The idea that Damon and Renner might team up for a future installment, has always kept my interest in seeing what else these two characters can add to the series.
Well sorry folks, there is no team up this time and if this film is any indication of the direction that this series is going, then we are all in for a major disappointment. There is no Jeremy Renner (nor mention of him), there is no growth for the main protagonist, and there most definitely is nothing new to be shown here. Take the plot from The Bourne Supremacy, replace its characters with some bland copies, and have Mr. Bourne do the same shit that he's done before, but not as cool or as cleverly.
The biggest confusion that surrounds Jason Bourne, is that it took roughly nine years from The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) to come up with this? There are three better directions that this should have gone with; Either Damon and Renner cross paths and work together to get things handled, Bourne comes back in to the program and kicks some ass, or they should have let him stay retired and in hiding without some weak excuse to make another film. For all intents and purposes, this movie should be called, "Jason Boring".
His past had already been explained in the previous films, but the writers decided to add a lame bit about his Father (Greg Henry, Slither) to give one more reason why Bourne should play a wannabe Rambo and seclude himself from normal society. And can we please stop having another corrupt government director that knows more about Jason's past than he does? This film doesn't know how to move on with anything.
Including Damon, every character is irredeemable and has zero emotion to spare. I've seen more emotion in flicks like Blade Runner. Besides being at a constant loss for words, he doesn't even seem to care much when the blatantly predictable event happens with Julia Stiles' (Save the Last Dance) mistreated character. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as a cyber ops agent, has the charisma of a tortoise, but yet she's allowed to win over Bourne with her concerns, and she can also make the most impossible of computer hacks look like child's play.
Her and every government agent, meander through scenes like expressionless drones. Her boss played by Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), is the only person for miles that has even an inkling of life to him with his serpent's smiles. Even though his role is virtually the same as Brian Cox's (Super Troopers) in Supremacy, Jones is fun to watch as Jason Bourne's resident asshole. Karl Urban's (Dredd) government asset from Supremacy, is mimicked here by the talented Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises) who's used as, wait for it... another lifeless yes man that gets to kill indiscriminately without repercussions. Oh, and I would name the actor who does all of Jones' bidding, but it seems to be a moot point when you realize that all he's been tasked with is the grand gesture of being the next one to say, "Jesus Christ, that's Jason Bourne!".
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Jason Bourne
The Good- That Charger chasing that SWAT van looks very familiar. Where have I seen that before?
The Bad- More flashbacks? Sure why not? They remind us of better films and give you a heads up on asking for a refund.
The Ugly- I've seen shaky cam used better on recent TV shows. And those violent rioters in Greece are so polite; They've opened up paths along the road so that our heroes can safely flee the bad guys while only having to avoid the occasional falling flaming couch.
Jason Bourne is an unnecessary follow up that disappoints as much as it bores. This should have been awesome but instead, I have to devote my time to this waste of film (or memory space), just so that you don't have to. You're welcome. Please set up a fund to help me recompensate my losses and send it to, firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you. Better yet, let's just forget the whole damn thing. The truth hurts more anyways. That's why we got this movie.
Rating- 2 out of 10
Jason Bourne (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Thriller | 29 July 2016 (USA)
The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writers: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse,
Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander