Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in movie review theater, we will be answering questions about Jason Bourne.
Did you make it to the end of the movie? I absolutely made it to the end and I was rewarded with a great pay off. There are several things that they do well with the Bourne franchise, but part of the consistency is also the consistent length of the movies. All of them are right around two hours, which is all you would want from a movie of this ilk and because Bourne is always on the run the films never feel like they stall. It really is the perfect formula. Bourne is brought back in, he beats people up, hops a train, beats more people up to find the main guy, gets help from a woman, finds a way through customs, destroys the main bad guy. It seems simple, and it is, but at this level of execution and excellence makes it unique even though you know what will happen. This formula is in all of them, but you stay engaged and the end is always at the perfect time.
On top of ending a the perfect time, the Bourne franchise always knocks it out of the park with it's casting. This movie is no exception either because you can't go wrong with Tommy Lee Jones in anything. Especially when you pair him with Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel, who are both really good here. They are good additions to the franchise, along with some old favorites like Julia Stiles. Bourne casting is a master class in how to populate a movie.
Would you be embarrassed to see this movie with your mom? No way and she would love it. The violence is never gory, there isn't much bad language, and every woman that Bourne likes gets killed so you don't have to worry about awkward nudity or sex scenes.
What drink would pair the best with this movie? Bourbon would be great, but make sure it's mixed with water because you'll need to stay hydrated for the next fight sequence.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? Worse! So much worse! Look, they tried to keep this franchise going with Jeremy Renner and it failed miserably. Renner is a good actor and in several action franchises already, but he couldn't carry Bourne Legacy. Why? Matt "mother-effing" Damon is why! Matt Damon has turned in some of the best acting performances of the last 20 years and he is also an action movie fighting machine.
He has a gravitas that he brings to his performance as Jason Bourne that is so much more than movie punching. It's a sincerity that very few could make believable. Who else could play Jason Bourne? I'll wait. Exactly. The best action movie guys like Tom Cruise or Jason Statham don't have the acting chops that Damon does. The better actors like Edward Norton don't have the action chops. Maybe Brad Pitt pulls this off? Maybe Denzel? Either of them change the tone of the movie and I'm not sure that it works then. This is very much a Matt Damon role and franchise and anyone else fails in this part.
If you see this on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? Not only will I stop to watch it, I can't wait for the first time I spend 10 hours on a Saturday having a Bourne marathon on 3 different cable channels. I already do that, so adding another one it will be even better. If you can't find anything to watch, you can never go wrong with a Bourne movie.
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 stars
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