Robbie K back again with the third movie review of the week. Tonight, we move away from the comedy/drama and move into the action film of the seven-day spread. Our film to review today is Jason Bourne, the fifth installment (fourth if you don’t count Legacy) in the spy with the same name. Upon seeing the trailer, I didn’t know what to expect with this movie and could only pray the fifth film could maintain the spark. Has the Bourne series returned to the glory of the first trilogy with the return of Matt Damon, or is it another Hollywood sham? As always, let’s get started.
- Acting is top notch
- Decent crime/conspiracy plot
- Exciting conclusion…ish
Let’s kick off the review with a quality you might not really care about in terms of a movie like this…the acting. At this time I must say that the emotional spectrum in this movie is limited to stoic faces, slightly angry outbursts and looks of alarm when loud noises are made. But our cast does this so well that you have to appreciate how good the edge works for them. Matt Damon has not let the time delude the sharpness he had as the assassin from years ago. While he certainly looks the part, Damon also keeps his emotions in check and delivers his anger in a manner that is not overdone. As for Tommy Lee Jones, well he still has the reliable delivery that we all know and love in his various agent roles (again not showing any emotion). Alicia Vikander as the new leading lady gets thumbs up as well, but she isn’t quite as endearing as the others outside of providing a great connecting character for the story (and potential sequel).
Now that the acting is put aside, let’s talk plot next. Jason Bourne’s plot is decent, a very technical movie that explores the complex web of lies the agency likes to weave. This film does a great job of reintroducing the classic hero (though the opening is a little slow) and helps get the audience prepped for the tale at hand. The focus of this movie involves explaining a little more about Bourne’s origin stories and just who is the source of all his anger is. While certainly not the most unique tale I have ever seen, it does fit well with the Bourne universe and provides the backbone for all the chaos to be had. And perhaps my favorite part of it all was the exciting finish.
Speaking of the finale, man did Bourne’s tale end with a bang. All of the tension comes to full boil, forcing Bourne and his allies to make some hasty decisions that leads to adrenaline pumping chases. What starts out as a foot race quickly amps up to vehicles and gunplay where the special effects come to full life and the sound grips you harder than a vice grip. Yes it is a bit over the top, and the amount of damage is ridiculous, but it certainly is good for a laugh.
- Slow to take off
- Action masked as lots of walking
- Nicky Parsons limited role
I already mentioned this, but the Borne movie took a little time to take off for me. Yes, the set up is building some tension, but it took a little too long to get to the good action parts. There wasn’t as much drive to the set up and the dry dialogue did not help things along at all. Maybe if there had been a little more emotion in our characters or some symphony score to amp it up it could have been better for me. However, the slowness is forgotten once you get to that first chase scene that proved Bourne still had skills, outside of punching untrained guys.
And then the action hits the wall that makes you wonder how it is considered the most action packed of the series. After the chase scene, most of the action is actually our cast speed walking around various cities in an attempt to escape the technology superior government. While the cinematography certainly gave you great shots of these locations, seeing the actors get a good cardio workout is not my ideal vision of action. Seriously, I was waiting for the Lord of the Rings walking music to play. Even when the action scenes hit, the camera work got quite shaky and could be difficult to follow at times. At least the finale restored my faith in the series a bit.
And finally Nicky Parsons. The woman was certainly awesome in the first trilogy, but in this movie she was robbed of the much needed screen time. As impressive as she was in the opening, her character exited the stage too soon to satisfy the promise the trailers provided. Maybe the story, the action, or the delivery could have been more exciting had they teamed up some more.
The fifth Bourne movie has everything you expect in the series including a convoluted plot, intense chase scenes, decent gunplay, and emotionless flat characters who only care to kick butt. While I don’t agree that it is the best movie of the series, it still fit in well with the series and provided some entertainment. True, I did want a faster tale, better action, and a little deeper story, but hey there is always another movie to accomplish that goal. Would I recommend it for a theater visit? I can say yes, especially for die hard fans of the series, but would suggest other films in place of this one.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.0