Jason Bourne (2016)
Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh, Julia Stiles
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 3 min.
After watching this I couldn’t decide what I hated more about it; the god-awful action sequences, or the clichéd dialogue. This (hopefully last) Jason Bourne flick consists of motion sickness inducing action and serious looking people talking into their collars. Lots of motion and people saying “copy that” and “the asset is online”, and it all goes nowhere interesting, all to pay lip service to a debate that pits security over privacy.
There’s nothing to enjoy in this humorless nonsense, and it has no respect for the audience’s intelligence. It’s littered with clunky expositional dialogue, and a really tired performance from Tommy Lee Jones. The government operations in this film never seemed remotely credible, and the finale’s action belongs in a Transformer’s film; not something pretending to be a serious action thriller. This honestly played more like a trailer for the ‘political thriller’ genre, as opposed to a proper attempt to tell a coherent story.
If you managed to enjoy the other Bourne films, you may want to take this on. Expect a lot of shaky camera work (seriously annoying), incomprehensible action, and a film that takes itself way too seriously.
Worst Moment: << spoiler! >>
Jason is chasing the man who killed his father (known to us as, The Asset – yes, seriously). The Ass-hat is driving a S.W.A.T. team truck and at one point, he smashes through approximately twenty cars. This is the bit that would be more at home in a Michael Bay Transformers production. In this film, it looks stupid.