In 2002 Matt Damon appeared on the big screen and shocked the world by displaying his acting on a new level as he portrayed a highly-skilled CIA operative “Jason Bourne”. Since 2002 Matt Damon has appeared in another two films, and a spin-off film (The Bourne Legacy) was created, introducing a new character to the Bourne world. Now, Matt Damon as Jason Bourne is back once again.
To anyone who has seen a Bourne film, the plot outline is the same as what we have seen in all previous installments. Jason Bourne is once again drawn out from hiding to uncover more truths about his past and will do anything to expose those behind it. The film also appears to ignore the events of the 4th film, which didn’t star Matt Damon.
This new film also tries to introduce a new subplot regarding software & technology. Still, it struggles to deliver any significant reasoning or requirements as to why this must be part of the film. If you also recall the latest James Bond film “Spectre”, they also had the same issue. We see our hero on a mission as the film moves back and forth to let us learn about the other forgettable subplot. In this movie, it’s Software creations that will change the world (along with the corny company name) and cause many disasters. Is this a Jason Bourne film?
To make matters worse, Bourne’s reasoning for making an appearance is also nothing new or fresh; it is simply dull and dry. During the film, I thought that this had all been done before, and the film writers, in my opinion, really didn’t put much effort into what could be exciting and fresh in 2016. The film’s trailer at 1st viewing had me passionate to see Matt Damon return, but I was shocked to find during the film that many shots and scenes from the film’s trailer didn’t make the final cut! (Sneaky, sneaky).
Actor Tommy Lee Jones is also the main actor in this film, but given the amount of screen time he is provided, I’m surprised he didn’t make top billing of the film’s poster (I’m not kidding). There is also a surprising twenty-minute duration where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) doesn’t even speak a word!
If you have figured it out, I found Jason Bourne to be a huge disappointment and a letdown to the film’s franchise. While the previous Jason Bourne film (Bourne Legacy) didn’t even star Matt Damon, it provided a new direction and ideas that kept the franchise alive, and these advances have now been ignored and wasted.
Matt Damon has always done well in the past, but now we all admit this series is seriously starting to struggle. What could have been a top film for the year or a best for the series has now been deemed the worst within all five Bourne titles? To provide some credit, instead of sounding like a cranky critic, the most significant success within Jason Bourne is an incredible epic car chase scene. The rest of the film will leave the viewer with the words, “Oh, it was ok, not the worst film I’ve ever seen.”