Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I'm not gonna repeat all the legitimate criticism regarding the story and the script that I've read in many reviews on Letterboxd. Instead I'll point out two aspects that are hardly mentioned, but bothered me quite a bit.

The first one is the car chase in Las Vegas. Although I am not a die-hard fan of Bourne and have no narrow-minded notions of how these films should be, this rampant destruction felt totally out of place. It completely contradicts the grounded and realistic tone not only of the previous films but also of this one. Somehow they forgot they're not making a fucking Michael Bay movie.

The second aspect is the revelation of Bourne witnessing his fathers assassination and the CIA observing him way before he signed up. Because this basically undoes the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum. There we saw him volunteering out of conviction which makes him appear in a different, more ambiguous light. He's not necessarily a bad guy, but also not some poor bastard who's got fucked out of nowhere. However, in this film he is more of a victim, that got tricked into joining the assassin program. It's not hard to see, why they did this. The core theme of the series was always the question of identity and by the end of Ultimatum it was sufficiently answered. But since studios nowadays shit their pants at the mere thought of bringing in some fresh ideas, they had to come up with some moronic twist so they could rehash the successful formula of the past. With the ending practically screeming "SEQUEL!" and the film performing decently at the box office, we’re surely in for more of the same.

Despite its flaws I enjoyed Jason Bourne, after all it's not a poorly made film. Nevertheless I hope they do something new with the next one.

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