Happy New Year to everyone! The first movie review of 2017 goes to Jason Bourne. I watched it last night and I have to say, that of the four Bourne films so far, this is probably my least favorite. Don't worry, I'm going to tell you why.
This movie lacked the cleverness of the previous Bourne movies. There was nothing like that awesome fight scene in a previous movie where Bourne fights another asset then blows up the house using a toaster. There were no scenes in this movie that made you hold your breath or even one that tugged at the heart. The car chases, motorcycle stunts, even the way people were killed, were all patterned after previous Bourne scenes and so, the cleverness we have come to anticipate with a Bourne movie was sorely lacking. This film was a rehash.
This movie also felt old. I don't say this lightly. But the age of the actors showed in this movie and it made the story unbelievable. You can stretch reality but you can't dispense with it. And I will start with Matt Damon in this category. At the beginning of the movie, we find him - for a reason never made real clear - engaging in back lot fights for money, in out of the way places like Albania and Greece. He fights guys twice his size, with more muscles, and half his age, and he allows himself to be beat up, only winning at the last minute. You look at Damon, then you look at the guy he is fighting, and even when you factor in Bourne skills, you don't believe it.
In past Bourne movies, Damon's character was always vulnerable like anyone else. He avoided scraps where he might get hurt. In this movie, he takes on an Avenger persona that demolishes the credibility. Bourne was never meant to wear a super-hero cape.
Then there is Tommy Lee Jones who is up there in years. He looks tired and haggard, even with his skills. It might have been okay if he had been the only one because of his acting chops, but several characters in this movie are past their prime physically and it slows down the whole movie. The writers should've used age as a factor. It would've been an interesting twist to see an elderly Jones try to fight the ravages of time or Damon reeling from the years taking their toll.
Then there is Julia Stiles. They kill her off in the first part of the movie. This isn't a spoiler because you can see it coming five minutes before it happens. But why??? I think most fans always liked Stiles. She's a great actress and it would've been nice to see her and Bourne working together a bit. They didn't even kill her off in an original way. It will make you moan once you see the movie.
And my last complaint, this movie was predictable. I started counting things I knew were going to happen after the Stiles character got killed. I stopped at six events. And I'm not talking about knowing 10 seconds before, I'm talking like minutes of screen time being used to set the obvious up.
If you didn't know anything about Bourne or the previous movies, then this is a decent action film to whittle away the time. However, it ranks last in the Bourne catalogue for me. You want to pay a couple bucks to see it then it is probably okay. The movie doesn't demand any personal attachment to the story so the couple hours will go by fast. 3.5 on the rating scale of 5 for this one.