Monday, 15 August 2016

Call It a Rebirth

The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn our of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. 

It's not an exaggeration to say that the Bourne Trilogy redefined modern action thrillers. It was a relevant, smart and furiously intense reinvention of the espionage genre. The Bourne movies have always been blockbusters, with their fingers on the political pulse and here Greengrass turns his attention over to online privacy post-WikiLeaks. 

Jason Bourne has always had one mission: to find out who he is. It's a mystery that made him one of the most interesting action movie characters of our time. Alongside James Bond and Ethan Hunt, but he was quick, efficient and acted on intuition and impulse alone. With this movie, the series marks a return to what worked for the franchise - namely: Matt Damon. In fact, despite the welcomed hints of vulnerability introduced by advancing age, Bourne's character seems off. Which comes most likely from the script, which unfortunately also provides Matt Damon with precious few lines. Rather than from Damon who is impressively opening up as an actor with the years. 

From a stylistic point of view, Greengrass' sequences are defined by seething movement and sense of endless chaos, capturing indelible moments and images rather than a full and coherent picture of it. Indeed, the director is wasting little time before its first adrenalised action sequence and frenetic editing. Still, few directors can craft such clarity out of absolute chaos.  

Technically and logistically Greengrass delivers everything you expect from him. There's no one better when it comes to staging complex, chaotic action amid the real life of big cities. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  The action-packed final forty minutes are staged in Las Vegas, this city might seem an unlikely backup for Bourne's brand, but it perfectly fit the unpredictable choreographed opera-like carnage. Finally, the action didn't disappoint me, what did is the story. There's definitely a revenge aspect to this film. Not just from the hero perspective, but also from the villain, which was very unexpected and it added something to the movie. However, the subplot involving this social media guru was not needed, it slowed the movie's pace considerably. 

Overall, Jason Bourne is the most unsettling movie in the series but it also left the audience weirdly wanting more.

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