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    August 21, 2016

    JASON BOURNE (2016)

    Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass re-team in this brand new installment on this beloved spy franchise. Almost nine years after the end of "Ultimatum", the conceptual affair of the global intelligence landscape has evolved greatly - both depicted in the movie and in real life. That makes perfectly sense, that a new Bourne trilogy (probably in the making) would have to deal more on that residual effect of a post-Snowden world that we are living in. Full surveillance, encroachment of data privacy and stuffs like that, of course.

    But as much as this new direction is gearing us up for a potential new Bourne trilogy, not everything we loved about the original trilogy got retained in this one. Don't get it wrong though. "Jason Bourne" is still an effectively-made action thriller that holds within itself through a series of well-constructed high kinetic and visually appealing action sequences (in Athens and Las Vegas), and knitted in within it a new conspiracy plot with plenty of new set-ups, as well as cross-referencing story elements from the predecessors. On the acting department, Matt Damon is still perpetually outstanding on his pivotal role. The fact that a number of high caliber casting that also include the talented Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones, is a manifestation of on-going solid performance.

    But one cannot go unnoticed that there are plenty of flaws in this movie. Dubbing around with the new Threadstone-like storyline is not exactly inventive, which might makes you ponder if Jason Bourne is a necessary sequel after all. Well, it is not, but at least it provides a serviceable expansion into the series. There also exists somewhere in the movie, a new subplot that could change things in the future, something much like a "schmuck bait" but lack of strong purpose. The story writing, having lost the ever reliable Tony Gilroy and George Nolfi on the draft-board, proves to be critical as "Jason Bourne" is occasionally disorganized, less pacy, technologically unreal and anticlimactic.

    Overall, "Jason Bourne" is a great movie if you compared with numerous other movies in this particular genre, but is just passable and merely good enough from the high Bourne's standard. Makes you wonder how will the future holds for this franchise if current demeanor continues. Rating: B or 3.5/5.0


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    Casts: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Julia Stiles
    Distributor: Universal Pictures
    Director: Paul Greengrass
    Screenplay: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse
    Rating: 18
    Release date: 28 July 2016
    Running time: 123 minutes
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