September’s movie review is on Jason Bourne, the movie (2016, rated PG-13), still showing in theaters.
What appealed to me before I saw the movie was that Matt Damon was taking on his old familiar role. Yes, he was good in The Martian, but I think one of his most complex characters is Jason Bourne. Damon grew up with the character, both as a man and as an actor. My husband and son and I went to see this latest movie on a Monday afternoon a couple of weeks ago.
What I liked best was the casting, in particular Tommy Lee Jones as CIA Director Robert Dewey, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, and Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee. Although Vikander looked a bit too young for her high-level position with the CIA, her acting was strong and understated, which made her more believable to me. I liked watching all three actors interact with Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Their input plus flashbacks revealed new secrets of his past that help us know him better, although I get the feeling we still don’t know everything.
What I didn’t appreciate was the profanity and the blur of action scenes that hit too fast and furious. During street chases, cars flew into the air like toys, making me cringe at the poor cinematography. Why do film makers think they have to push things past belief? I feel the tension more when I can see clearly what’s going on, who’s in danger, and what’s likely to happen to them. As our threesome discussed the movie later, we agreed the plot was incoherent at times, too, which was another distraction.
Who would like Jason Bourne
Overall, I thought the film was better than The Bourne Legacy but not as good as the first three movies. Most fans of the actors, the Bourne saga, and new complications will find plenty to enjoy.
Posted on September 6, 2016