Friday, July 29, 2016



From IMDB:

The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.

57 Metascore From
Reviews 28 user | 73 critic

From Rotten Tomatoes:

The next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
Written By: Paul Greengrass , Christopher Rouse
In Theaters: Jul 29, 2016 wide
Runtime: 123 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures 

Average Rating: 5.8/10 | Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they've come to expect -- which is this sequel's biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw.

WANT TO SEE 99% want to see
User Ratings: 28,908


So the first time you see Bourne he's decided to become like Tyler Durden. ©Universal Pictures

After a 9 year hiatus Jason Bourne is back and trying to still figure out his past...

So what we thought had happened after the last film Bourne Ultimatum (2007), which has Bourne totally destroy the people behind the Blackbriar program and with the help of CIA Deputy Director and Task Force Chief, Pamela Lundy (Joan Allen) expose to the world what Blackbriar is and all the nasty stuff that the CIA has been up to. Of course Bourne wasn't killed at the end of it because he swims off into sunset. He's done that at the end of every movie. Just disappear until it's time to have another movie. The film that followed that The Bourne Legacy (2012) wasn't about Bourne but the program that he went through which trained him to be the super soldier/assassin that he is. It also filled the gap as to what happens to the program when it was exposed.

So she's got personal ulterior motives and he's just a crazy patriot. ©Universal Pictures

So now that Bourne (Matt Damon) is back guess what he's up to now? No surprises here actually, he's still trying to piece together random flashbacks of his past, trying to piece them together so that he can be at peace with himself, he's also I guess in a way punishing himself for his past deeds by participating in illegal fights for money. But he's not the only one who's gone off the grid and trying to figure out what truly happened in the past, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) is back too and trying to figure out what else he previous employer has been up to so it is during her most recent attempt she discovers even more about Bourne and the latest naughty thing that the CIA has been up to.

So he goes from being an illegal pugilist to running around during the riots in Greece killing agents. ©Universal Pictures

Her discovery of what the CIA has been up to results in the CIA's boss Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) wanting her head on a plate and when he discovers that Nicky has reached out to Bourne he wants his head too. But of course since he's the boss he has other people handle it and in this case he has two, an eager young agent named Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) and an agent from the Blackbriar program with the moniker Asset (Vincent Cassel). So what follows it is basically the same as all the past Bourne films, Bourne runs around several cities around the world being chased by the CIA causing massive amounts or property damage as well as killing many, many innocent government agents who are just doing their jobs following orders. 

So after 9 years the CIA has upgraded their system. It can do anything you want it to do except make breakfast. ©Universal Pictures

So here's a list of things I liked.

1) The story. Although nothing new or original but it is updated in a way to reflect what's current. The CIA using social networks to try and spy on everyone, government agencies trying to coerce silicon valley to "work" with them to give the backdoor access, referring to Snowden, etc. It makes the story somewhat interesting.

2) The action. With Paul Greengrass back at the helm you get the same tense and fast paced action that was a pleasure to watch in previous Bourne films. Although at times it did seem a little too over the top.

3) The cast. Damon is of course good after all this is his fourth time as Bourne, at this point he is Bourne. Vikander does a pretty good job as well but her Swedish accent does slip in every once in a while which ruins things a bit, the same can be said of Cassel. Tommy Lee Jones is just evil as the CIA Director wanting to do anything he can to make his program succeed. It was nice to see Stiles again too but her presence seemed only to get the ball rolling which honestly could have been done by anyone else, whatever emotional connection that they were going for between Bourne and Nicky was fleeting at best.

4) Camera work. Greengrass knows how to make it look good.

Nicky's back and she is so ticked off at the CIA she's decided to go all Snowden on them. ©Universal Pictures
The not so likes.

1) The action. Like I said before at times it was just a little too much and too over the top.

2) Although I like the performances of the cast I wasn't too impressed with what the characters were given to do. For the most part it was forgettable, especially Lee who although is supposed to be quite important but somehow is completely forgettable.

3)The inclusion of Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed) the founder of Deep Dream the social network that Dewey wants the backdoor access to seems completely pointless at times.

This dude wants to kill Bourne so badly, he doesn't even have a name. ©Universal Pictures

Basically if you've enjoyed Matt Damon in the previous Bourne films and enjoyed what you saw on screen and aren't too particular about details like the story or plot then you'll most likely enjoy this one as well. It is a worthy successor to the previous Bourne films and it looks like they've left it open for another follow up at the end. The question is of course should there be another Bourne film? Anyway, I found it to be a fun film and I'm going to give it a decent 3 out of 5.


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