Back in the year 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 for another 2 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 instalments. Jason Bourne is once again drawn out from hiding to uncover more truths about his past and will do anything to expose those who are behind it. The film also appears to ignore the events of the 4th films which didn’t star Matt Damon…
This new film also tries to introduce a new sub plot regarding software & technology but it really struggles to deliver any major reasoning or requirements as to why this has to be part of the film. If you also recall the latest James Bond film “Spectre”, they also had the exact 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 which will change the world (along with the corny company name) and of course will cause much disaster to the world…
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 found myself thinking that this has all been done before and the film writers, in my option, 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 a main actor in this film, but given the amount 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 20min duration where Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) doesn’t even speak a word!
In case you have figured out yet, I found Jason Bourne to be a huge disappointment and a let down to the film’s franchise. While the previous Jason Bourne film (Bourne Legacy) didn’t even star Matt Damon, it did provide a new direction along with ideas which 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 deemed as simply the worst within all 5 Bourne titles. To provide some credit instead of sounding like a cranky critic, the biggest success within Jason Bourne is an incredible epic car chase scene. The rest of the film will leave the viewer with the words of “Oh it was ok, not the worst film I’ve ever seen”
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Review Written by Peter Walkden