Playing catch-up on a couple films I saw recently but for whatever reason I didn’t share my thoughts on…the first film is JASON BOURNE…to keep it simple and quick this film has a pretty badass opening/1st act which is the riot in Greece you see in the trailers. The way it’s shot, the beats it hits and the action is all top-notch. The film then goes into a second act of a wholly predictable and boring affair with Jason trying to figure out new information about his father (because why not?) while there’s a subplot about a social media magnate and the government wanting to use it to spy on the people (I like that plot in-and-of itself but it feels so out of place in this film). The film then enters it’s 3rd act which is in Vegas and is that Dodge Charger/SWAT van chase you’ve seen all over the trailers which is insanely badass…like seriously it’s one amazingly shot, edited and choreographed car chase on the Vegas Strip…it’s crazy impressive and worth the price of admission alone.
Matt Damon is good, albeit he does nothing new or anything you haven’t seen from him before. It was great having Julia Stiles back (just not enough of her). You get new additions like Tommy Lee Jones (who’s entirely in the film…which is nice…but again he doesn’t really do much or at least it’s all things you KNOW he’s going to do), Alicia Vikander (who sadly did nothing for me here and in no way convinces me she can carry an action franchise like Tomb Raider), Vincent Cassel (who’s the new CIA operative hunting Bourne…does as good a job as any of the others) and Riz Ahmed (who’s the Social Media magnate and does that well, dude is incredible in The Night Of though which is something you all need in your life).
Paul Greengrass once again directed the shit out of this and the finale is genuinely one of the more thrilling ones I’ve witnessed in quite awhile…just after 9 years off you want/expect and wish there was more here. For what you get it’s certainly entertaining and watchable but it’s all too predictable and at times becomes boring because of it. This is a good placeholder and reminder of this character, I just hope that if they do continue to do more Jason Bourne stories they spend some more time on it and come up with something a bit fresher than what they brought here.