Jason Bourne (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones
Current ratings versus how I feel about the film
IMDb: 7.1 of 36,900+ (Feels fair)
Rotten Tomatoes: 57% 5.8/10, 64% audiences enjoyed- (Feels rather harsh.)
The renowned Jason Bourne comes back for another adventure in hopes to clear up further mysteries from his past.
What I Didn’t Like
I hate to say this because I like her and I’ve wanted to see her in more films, but Julia Stiles doesn’t have much range of emotion in this movie. She seems very out of place and mainly around for nostalgic purposes.
Also, there were a few times people were faking sincerity. We knew it because we are the audience, but the lines were delivered so weakly that I don’t know how the characters didn’t pick up on it.
I have to add that this movie treads along at a familiar pace. It works, but wasn’t needed. If not for other aspects of this movie, I’d consider a total cash grab.
A few things were just too convenient how they worked out. I can’t explain further without spoiling, but just certain details didn’t need to be the way they were.
Kept pushing the whole Edward Snowden incident to try and compare it to the real world. Sad thing is that I feel some of this could and probably has/is happening. These Bourne movies used to be a lot more fun when it simply was a possibility of being real rather than a likelihood.
The villains in this film are kind of forgettable. They do bad things because they are bad guys. Some of them have legitimate reasons for their actions, but it’s told to us rather than shown.
The last big action scene was a bit silly in how over the top it was. Felt almost like a Marvel film at that point. (Fine for over the top action in a superhero film. Less so here.)
What I Did Like
Matt Damon still is compelling as Jason Bourne. The action sequences may have been a bit much on the shaky cam, but it wasn’t too bad. I could follow what was happening and didn’t get a headache in the process. Tommy Lee Jones works as a bad guy in a suit, though he could have been so much more.
This film further enhances the Jason Bourne story of who he is, why he did what he did, and his motivations for uncovering truths, and his motivations.
A good writer could take the potential for a sequel to this film and make a decent to good film. The problem is that they would need a good writer and most studios don’t opt for that.
Jason Bourne the movie was familiar, but enjoyable. It was not the summer blockbuster I was hoping for (seems we just aren’t getting more than three this season). If you liked the Jason Bourne movies with Matt Damon, you’ll probably still appreciate this film. It doesn’t hit any new ground and wasn’t exactly needed. However, it did add another piece to the Jason Bourne puzzle. It wouldn’t shock me to see another film come out of the series. Damon has enough punch left for that and I’d be curious to see it.
I think seeing this film in theaters is fine, but if you can catch a matinee, it may be better that way.
The Bourne Identity(2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Jason Bourne (2016)- Not the worst in this franchise, but not the best. It was enjoyable, but not particularly memorable.
Bourne Legacy (2012)