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Gregory S (nl) wrote: The Bourne Inadequate Every day for nearly two months I drove down to the Aria at sunrise in order to work on this film. I was excited to be able to cross "Be in a movie" off my bucket list. Not only that, it was a film in a series that I loved. Fast-paced action, political intrigue, and high-stakes espionage all topped off with a car chase. Jason Bourne is the fifth film in the Bourne series, and fourth to star Matt Damon as the title character. Working on the set day after day I only saw a small piece of the overall film. I knew that the film had potential. Would Jason Bourne be able to live up to the high bar set by previous installments in the franchise? After months of waiting through production I was eager to sit down and find out for myself. The first thing that struck me upon watching Jason Bourne was the casting choices. Believable casting decisions has always been a strong point of the Bourne series. The return of Matt Damon as the title character, along with Julia Stiles as Nicky let fans see two favorite characters back on the big screen. New characters like Tommy Lee Jones as the director of the CIA, and Alicia Vikander as a young CIA cyber analyst are believable choices. Both feel like what you would expect their real-life counterparts to look and act like. Tommy Lee Jones as Director Dewey is especially realistic. His performance sells his character as a man who would cross any line to do his job. The mix of old fan favorites with new characters is an area where Jason Bourne definitely succeeded. After the memorable characters, what people praise the Bourne series for next is its innovative use of cinematography. Director Paul Greengrass (who also directed the second and third installments in the series) is known for the "Shaky Cam" technique. This is a style of filming hand-to-hand action sequences up close with a handheld camera rather than overhead. As the name hints, this style often provides a result that is unfocused and hard to follow, but also, by being filmed at the level the scene is taking place, it makes the audience feel as if they are in the middle of the action. It is a great way to build suspense. However, what felt groundbreaking a decade ago when the last Greengrass directed Bourne film came out now feels played out. Rather than use the technique to add drama to the combat shots, Greengrass has relied on the unfocused aspect to hide the limitations of having an action hero who is pushing fifty. The camera angles that felt so fresh in the previous two Bourne films now feel like they are trying to imitate and reproduce the greatness of those films. Like the cinematography, the plot also feels as if it is trying to imitate the previous installments of the series. Action films are not exactly known for thought provoking plot lines, but the Bourne series has in many ways gone against the norm with well done, thoughtful plots. In this film, however, the entire storyboard feels recycled. Bourne is in hiding, then is flushed out, the female lead is killed trying to assist him, and he goes after the older, male antagonist for revenge and to attempt to stop his evil plot. If you are a fan of the Bourne series, you know that plot summary could be on the back of the DVD for at least three of the films. Lastly, the pacing of the film also seemed like the other installments, but unlike the cinematography or the plot, this is not a bad thing. Jason Bourne provides a slow build up, allowing for the audience to understand the motivation of the characters, and to become invested in them. Many times, action films fall into a pattern of having the first half of the film be all set up, and the second half be all payoff; the first half consistently nearly all of character introduction and exposition, and the second half being all action. This is an easy, yet lazy, way to set up a film. Jason Bourne does a good job of mixing some action set pieces into the first part of the film, when character motivation is still being developed. This both keeps the audience's attention and smooths the pace. The pacing of this film sets it apart from other action films in that is does not fall into the same tropes that are so common. So, was Jason Bourne a good film or not? It is not a terrible film, but it is the weakest of the Bourne films that Matt Damon has made. If this were a standalone film, I think it would receive more praise. The real problem is that it is 2017 and we are still watching the same plot points, same storyboards, and same shaky action sequences. It is no longer fresh and appealing. Having worked on the film myself, I am a little biased. However, that personal bias cannot allow me to get over the problems this film suffers. The plot and the cinematography are just too outdated to be made up for by the positive elements. If you are a fan of the novels or the series, I would recommend you check it out. If you have never been a fan of either, this film is not the place to start.
Karl G (es) wrote: Liked the idea but could of been loads better, shame but I was a bit bored by the end.
Niloo R (de) wrote: i could write a 3000 word essay on all the reasons why this is the worst film i've ever seen, but all i'll say is that apart from being highly offensive to iranians, women, muslims, homosexuals and humanity, this is deplorable as a film. there is no story, no characters, no authenticity or artistic integrity. it's over-sensationalized, hyper-sexualized, male-centric drivel that's trying to tap into "hot" issues of the day without the slightest understanding of the substance behind those issues.
Minna S (us) wrote: Interesting but the ending was quite too... something, hysterical?
Bobby P (au) wrote: 5 out of 5 stars. Arthur Blessitt is my new role model!
Lisa B (ru) wrote: Johnny Depp is perfect. That has nothing to do with this movie, mind you.I liked it, the "twist" didn't work for me, but Johnny Depp, right?
Leroy D (nl) wrote: This film has to be one of the greatest films ever made...it makes you laugh cry and just think about life...excellent cast, excellent film
Kristin R (gb) wrote: Terrible. It may have a great cast but that is about all you can say about this movie. Don't waste your time or money.
Lynn M (kr) wrote: this was a truely an amazing movie. encourage everyone to watch it.
Anuwat U (us) wrote: a very fun adventure throught the prisoner escaping WW-II on rail with Sinatra !!