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Jason Bourne Movie Review

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I was so excited for this movie as soon as I heard about it. I love the first three Jason Bourne movies, and even though I don’t really care for the Jeremy Renner installment, I don’t think it’s a terrible movie. It’s just okay. Compared to the other Bourne movies, I don’t really see a reason to ever watch The Bourne Legacy again, so it’s pretty forgettable. I’m glad that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon came back because I think the two worked so well together in both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Paul Greengrass has become one of my favorite directors of action thrillers recently, so I would be excited to see any movie he makes. Let’s talk about Jason Bourne!

Jason Bourne is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, and Vincent Cassel. Now that he remembers and knows almost everything about his past, it’s time to look for answers. Why was he molded into one of the most dangerous agents in America? With secrets about himself and his family to uncover, he has to uncover all of the answers and know who is on his side.

As much as I love the first three movies (probably two nines and a ten out of ten), I thought that this movie could have been just as good. I was expecting huge things from Jason Bourne, and I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I was even hoping this movie could have been just as good as Ultimatum, which is my favorite of the trilogy. Where I thought that this movie really delivered were in the performances and the director. Paul Greengrass directs action so well, and that may have been my favorite part of this movie. What a lot of people don’t like about shaky cam is that it hides a director’s inability to shoot action. The reason Paul Greengrass has mastered shaky cam is because of what he shows, the angles of each shot, and the way his films are edited. There are some awesome action scenes in this movie, and there are two chase scenes that absolutely blew me away. As always, Jason Bourne is so cool and tough. He is one of the coolest people to watch in these action scenes, and Matt Damon gave another great performance as Jason Bourne in this movie. This character has really become the character Matt Damon is known for playing in the 2000s, and he is so easy to buy as Bourne every time out. He really transforms into this character, and every line delivered and every expression and action scene works amazingly well. Tommy Lee Jones was also great, and as a villain, he is pretty menacing. I have seen better from Tommy Lee Jones, but I still liked him as the villain, and he is a rough, smart antagonist. I can’t miss talking about how Alicia Vikander absolutely killed it in this movie. She is one of my favorite actresses in the business, and that’s basically because of everything she did last year. I think that had she been nominated for Lead Actress for The Danish Girl and Supporting Actress for Ex Machina, it would have been very possible for her to take home two Oscars in one year. That doesn’t even account for how great she was in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which I really liked! Once again, she’s so great in this role, and I can’t wait to see her as a recurring character in the Bourne series.

Unfortunately I was actually disappointed with this movie. I didn’t think it was a bad movie, but I definitely don’t think it reached its maximum potential. First of all, there is one character in this movie that, if taken out, the movie would have been the exact same movie without the meaningless scenes that this character is in. I’m pretty sure that if he wasn’t in this movie, there would be no plot holes, no problems with flow, and I might have even liked the movie better. It wasn’t a bad performance, but the character felt so unnecessary and slows the movie down to a snail pace. Maybe my biggest problem with this movie is that I didn’t find this movie near as interesting as the first three. I didn’t think that the story, the dialogue, or the main focus of the plot were really captivating. They especially weren’t as captivating as the original three Bourne films. There was one aspect of this movie that I actually really wanted to care about, and I didn’t quite care as much as I wanted myself to. I still cared about the character of Jason Bourne, and I still think he is one of my favorite action protagonists of the 2000s and now 2010s. I still love Matt Damon. I just wasn’t as invested in anything this movie had to offer as I could have been.

Overall, Jason Bourne isn’t a bad movie, and I’m sure as heck still a giant Jason Bourne fan. I would even say that I’ll watch this movie again. It just wasn’t as good as I was hoping, and it didn’t get me as invested as I really wanted to be. But let’s focus on the positives. Matt Damon was awesome in this movie, and Alicia Vikander is amazing as well. Paul Greengrass, again, does an amazing job with the action scenes. He is the only director I have seen master shaky cam because of how well he shoots the scenes and how well the action scenes are edited. I’m a little bit sad that this probably won’t be one of my favorite movies of the year, but I still can’t wait for the next Bourne movie because I still love the characters. I’m going to give Jason Bourne a 7/10.

Will you be headed out to see Jason Bourne this weekend? If you are going to see it or if you have seen it, comment down in the comment section and let me know! Also being released this weekend are Nerve and Bad Moms. Unfortunately I won’t have a review out for Bad Moms, but I did get the chance to review Nerve, so you can click right HERE to check out my review! Next week I will have a review for Suicide Squad, and I might have a review for Nine Lives. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm