Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Movie review: Jason Bourne

 When Jason's friend, former CIA agent Nicky, hacks the CIA and downloads their blacks ops files she becomes a target. Director Dewey orders her to be found, hoping that Bourne will fall into his net as well.

Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Tommy Lee Jones (Director Dewey), Alicia Vikander (Lee), Vincent Cassel (Asset), Julia Stiles (Nicky), Riz Ahmed (Kalloor), Scott Shepherd (Director Russell), Ato Essandoh (Jeffers).

This submission to the franchise has Bourne drawn from hiding to once again try to learn about his past. Nicky has helped Bourne in the past, but her hack of the CIA makes them both targets, and the game is on. While there are some good reveals, and some replacement of characters woven into the storyline, the franchise is about the action and Jason Bourne doesn't disappoint. The film is a roller-coaster of bullets, fists, and car crashes. While the story is moved along, it isn't by much.

Acting was good though it felt like Damon didn't have many lines and was perpetually scowling. Jones was enjoyable as always. Vikander was interesting but didn't quite sell her character as an evil manipulator. Cassel was solid, as was Stiles and the remainder of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were big budget fodder and fit the franchise, giving the film a solid feel. Action scenes were good with nice detail and good fit with the plot. Dialogue was good, though a bit more depth would be nice. Sound and soundtrack were nice.

Overall Jason Bourne feels like it stepped back from creating a storyline with depth, focusing instead on the action. Franchise fans may be disappointed with this one, and with future entries until some depth is returned to the plot.

With plenty of violence and a taste of foul language, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 5.5.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action, Thriller, Action Thriller, Espionage Thriller, Blockbusters

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