Jason Bourne (2016, Paul Greengrass)

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

Why there’s another Bourne movie I don’t know. This one hits all the marks you’d expect: Bourne is mad at the CIA and is taking some kind of action, there’s someone on inside helping him out (actually 2 people, but whatever). The cast is too good for the material, as is usual with these films, and Greengrass does a good job with a plot that gets dumber and dumber as it goes on. SPOILERS!

Remember when the Bourne movies were an antidote to ridiculous spy movies? I do. And I wish that if the series was going to be revived, the people making these movies would remember it too. Instead, Jones’ character, the fucking director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is speaking directly with an assassin all the time. He hires this assassin to shoot a famous person in a public place! Then, he pulls a gun on Bourne! Yes, spy movies are ridiculous, but they should at least attempt to be based in some kind of recognizable reality. The director of the CIA is not a spy, he is a bureaucrat. That is something the Jeremy Renner version of this franchise got right (though it didn’t get much else right) and this movie misses completely: bureaucrats are not spies so stop telling me they are.

4/10

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