Jason Bourne: More of the same, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it

I’ve decided I’m going to do movie reviews after every new movie I see, so this is entry number two. I’ll be the first to admit that my last review was off the cuff and probably a little chaotic. So I’m going to break it down better this time. I promise.

Here goes nothing 🙂

***SPOILERS***

Rating: I’d give Jason Bourne 3.5 out of 5 stars and here’s why”

Action: The movie doesn’t disappoint. Bourne is at heart an action star just with a political/espionage twist. Bourne kicks ass in this movie there is no doubt about that. He takes down multiple bad guys, does crazy car chases. The best was when he surprised and close-lined a guy who was running down a hallway after him.

The one typical action movie trope that Bourne did not succeed in was saving the girl. Sadly, early in the movie, Julia Styles character get shot and killed. Personally, I think this was a good move. It was time for her to get phased out. She did what she needed to do to further the plot of the movie, and her death was meant to give Bourne that extra motivation to get to the bottom of this latest conspiracy.

Acting: The acting was good all around. Matt Damon has been consistently good, Tommy Lee Jones is a legend for a reason, and the new entrant Alicia Vikander was great. There was one part where Tommy Lee Jones gave a smile that perfectly epitomized the, “I’m going to kill anyone I need to in order to accomplish this mission” attitude.

Story: The story revolves around a real-life issue; Security vs. Privacy, so it’s very relateable. What I found particularly well done was that it didn’t get overly political with it. That just turns people off and upsets whatever side of the argument is deemed villainous by Hollywood. The cliff notes version of the plot revolves around a Facebook-esque company that has partnered with the CIA to do surveillance all its clients. That is the underlying plot of the film.

As has happened in a lot of other Bourne movies, our deer friend Jason is off doing his own thing when he gets dragged back into this world. As far as the plot goes in furthering Jason’s story-line I found it lacking. They reveals his father, who was the initial architect of Treadstone, and was then killed when he thought it might have been crossing some lines. And of course, the guy who killed Jason’s father is the guy trying to kill him now; who…wait for it…had his cover burned when Jason released those files at the end of Ultimatum  and spend two years in a Syrian prison. It’s all pretty coincidental. There is no lost love between these two men, so Jason dramatically snaps his neck at the end. Avenging his father.

I’m going to backtrack a bit and go back to Alicia Vikander’s character who’s the CIA cyber director. She’s the twist. She gets close to Jason, helps him out, and saves his life by killing Tommy Lee Jones’ character when he had a shot to kill Bourne; all in the supposed name of ending his tyrannical reign. Because Tommy Lee Jones was the old school CIA and she’s the new breed. The twist comes in the last scene where she meets with her new boss and tries to get the vacant director position. She’s really no different that Tommy. She will bring Bourne in or kill him, and she thinks she has an in with him because off all they’ve been through. But Jason’s been tailing her and he figures this out, because he’s Jason fucking Borne.

What’s Next: In my humble opinion this latest Bourne movie takes Jason’s character away from the young kick ass agent that I’d seen in previous movies. The last scene, in my mind, solidifies Jason as progressing into the older generation, but he’s a willy dog who shouldn’t be underestimated. Alicia Vikander’s character learned this the hard way. Ideally, I’d like to see a team up with Jeremy Renner in the future, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jason Bourne. As the title to this post states it is more of the same, but there is nothing wrong with that.

I hope this review was a little more readable than my last. Let me know what you think.

 

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