Jason Bourne Thoughts
The Bourne Trilogy was the series that helped change modern action movies by making them more grounded, stronger in plot and having a strong actor in the lead role. So many action movies have mimicked the Bourne formula since then, most notably James Bond and it has led to some great movies. The trilogy itself ended on a perfect note but Jason Bourne is a huge fan favorite character that it’d be nice to see Jason Bourne again. Reviews have been mixed about Jason Bourne but it’s hardly the awful film the Rotten Tomatoes score makes it out to be. The trilogy is so damn good that expectations were superbly high and Jason Bourne comes off very underwhelming due to a decent amount of flaws.
The initial plot set up in Jason Bourne does make it obvious that this story is being stretched out but of course it’s best to roll with it and see where it goes. It’s mostly due to Jason Bourne’s paper thin plot that the flaws seem more apparent. Even though every movie in the trilogy has worked off a formula, it hasn’t felt more obvious till this movie. The government finds Bourne again and chaos ensues and Bourne again discovers something new about his past. The other past tidbits from the other movies felt organic but this new revelation felt like it came out of nowhere. It’s a nice revelation and it helps you understand why Bourne was the only asset to go rogue. It’s not an atrocious revelation but it’s very random & unexpected. There is another side story with the Mark Zuckerberg inspired Aaron Kalloor and its a pretty dumb plot that adds nothing to the movie or Bourne’s arc.. It feels like a waste of time. I kind of get the whole social media privacy aspect the character was supposed to represent but again, it didn’t really do much for the story.
Besides there being issues with the plot, Jason Bourne tends to have a lot of contrivances and conveniences for both Bourne and the government. Characters happen to know things or be in certain places at the right time. Even inanimate objects as wells. Bourne is also a bit more careless in this. It’s a bit different from the Bourne movies we’ve seen and the script has been attacked for it’s very basic portrayal of technology. For casual movie goers, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem but at certain times it can be a bit silly. The other big thing that bothered me was that it was lacking in emotional beats. The history tidbit was hard to empathize with as it was random and there’s another thing that happens in the beginning that really doesn’t get referenced later on into the movie.
Even though Jason Bourne tends to use the same formula that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. An okay Jason Bourne movie is still better than the garbage blockbusters being released today. Jason Bourne is extremely entertaining from beginning to end. The action scenes are whole lot of fun even if they’re a bit more ridiculous now. The Las Vegas car chase is silly but it’s really exciting to watch. It might not be better than the car chase scene in Supremacy but it’s probably my second favorite in the series. Jason Bourne also tends to improve in certain areas. Vincent Cassel’s asset is probably the most interesting asset to date. He’s got motivation and I liked how he was a reverse Bourne, as he truly believed he was a patriot just like the government officials. The only thing I didn’t like about the character was his connection to Bourne’s past. It was stupid and contrived. It’s way too much of a coincidence and Bourne already had a motive to fight him at the end. There was no reason to add the stupid plot point. There’s also been complaints about the shaky cam but that’s a Jason Bourne staple. Literally every time a new Bourne movie comes out, the shaky cam complaints arise and its silly because if you’re a Bourne fan, you should probably be used to it by now. Its part of the series style.
Jason Bourne has quite a lot of flaws but it doesn’t reach the awfulness of Spectre and these flaws can easily be rectified. The movie ends very open ended and there’s a lot of plot points to build off. Hopefully they don’t call it the last one because that would be disappointing.I don’t disagree with anyone who says the series needs a reinvention because it’s getting ridiculous that the government keeps rebooting Treadstone. If that keeps happening, then where is the end game? But with the way the story was approached, it looks like this is part one of a two part story and I look forward to the next film as there are so many exciting directions they can go. I still had a lot of fun with Jason Bourne. The action is terrific, Matt Damon is awesome as always and the story is decent enough to enjoy even if it’s ridiculous at times. I think with repeated viewings, Jason Bourne will improve as expectations were high. Everyone expected Jason Bourne to be the best movie of the year but a weak Jason Bourne movie doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s still one of the highlights blockbusters of the year (and so much better than current blockbusters) and I had a great time watching it. Jason Bourne won’t bring any new Bourne fans but if you’re a fan of the series then you’ll probably love it.
P.S. If you’re wondering if it’s better than The Bourne Legacy, the answer is hell yes!