Jason Bourne – Spy thriller running out of steam
So this is what passes for entertainment these days. Fight scene commences, the editing team take over to effectively make the scene un-followable, we sit back and await the outcome. Chase scene commences, the editing team take over to effectively make the scene un-followable, we sit back and await the outcome.
Jason Bourne is a tired, sorry entry into the Bourne series. It’s bad enough that the scenes in which we should be feeling ‘tension’ are built around the ‘fast-editing’ techniques that so haunt modern action films. But while we are watching these un-watchable scenes we also know full well what the outcome is going to be, so, well, it’s boredom overload. Predictable. Uninteresting.
Tommy-Lee Jones dials in his performance as CIA Director Robert Dewey, Matt Damon should never have come back, and Julia Stiles is probably thankful she won’t be (coming back, that is). Alicia Vikander (playing CIA go-getter Heather Lee) shows some enthusiasm for her role, but that just adds to the cringe-worthiness of the whole thing as she comes across as an excited puppy playing alongside aged, mangy mutts.
On the back of a shoddy Ghostbusters remake and a ropey Star Trek sequel, this Bourne entry is making me lose hope that we’ll ever see another decent ‘summer blockbuster’. It’s just too easy to make shite that people will pay to see, and as the bar continues to lower, we the audience are becoming less and less demanding.