Movie Review: JASON BOURNE

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Movie Review: JASON BOURNE

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Star Rating (out of 5): ***

Do I even need to say it? Jason Bourne is ANOTHER reboot/sequel! What happened to originality? Despite what I just said, the Bourne films were some of the best in the action genre. In this movie, Bourne returns to uncover more of his past. Along the way, he fights to end a sinister new program made by the corrupt CIA. This soon turns into his most personal journey yet, as he finally remembers everything.

THE GOOD
As expected from a Bourne film, the action scenes are magnificent. They are tense & engaging. There’s a spectacular car chase in the third act, which went to extreme lengths. Matt Damon naturally plays the role of Jason Bourne: a cold-blooded assassin. Yet he is vulnerable, which comes into play several times in the movie. Bourne isn’t just a badass, he’s a human being. I respected how much development his character had. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander plays Heather Lee, the head of a CIA hacking department. She seeks to bring Bourne back into the Agency, instead of putting him down like everyone else does. Vikander’s performance of this complex and interesting character is strong.

THE BAD
The plot doesn’t do anything interesting. Everything feels like familiar territory as the film starts to follow its predictable routine. The narrative seemed rushed, the pacing unbalanced. The movie doesn’t really know what it wants to be. The rest of the cast is bland.

FAVORITE SCENE
When Bourne knocks out a guy in one punch! Straight up awesome.

LEAST FAVORITE SCENE
A certain character dies. It was kind of unexpected, but unfortunately executed without real impact. I honestly did not care.

THE VERDICT
Jason Bourne is underwhelming. Its plot is boring, and can’t be saved by two great performances and some outstanding action sequences.

Review by: SAM SILBER

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