Jason Bourne: Film Review

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I loved the original Bourne trilogy but I never really felt like it needed more instalments so I wasn’t particularly excited for Jason Bourne because it seemed like a cash grab as the stories had pretty much wrapped up with 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. And while it doesn’t really add anything new to the franchise, Jason Bourne is still a worthy film that reaches the same standard as the originals.

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The Bourne Legacy: Review

I have FINALLY got round to seeing this and I have to say, it is very good. Jeremy Renner was a perfect cast for Aaron Cross, an agent in the Department of Defence black ops program, Operation Outcome. This film runs parallel to the events of The Bourne Ultimatum and it reveals that there were more projects similarly to Blackbriar and Treadstone.

We first meet Aaron on a survival expedition in Alaska. He is an Outcome operative and he must have a blue pill and a green pill a day to maintain his psychical and mental strength. After Pamela Landy releases Treadstone documents, Eric Byer (Edward Norton), who oversees the CIA’s secret ops, decides to shut down similar projects before they get found out. That means killing off every operative and every scientist involved in Outcome.

Aaron manages to escape the bombing which was supposed to kill him. One scientist, Marta (Rachel Weisz) also escapes her lab when one of her colleagues goes on a shooting rampage. The pair join forces and go on the run from the CIA, who want to clear up their mess (much like the plot of Bourne trilogy). They head to Manila, where the pills are made, in a hope to give Cross a permanent alternative. Like the previous films, they’ve always got police or assigned assets on their tail.

The plot is pretty similar to the Bourne trilogy in that the CIA have made dodgy projects and now they have to cover them up by any means necessary. So if you like the plot, action and effects of the previous films, you will like this. Obviously, having a different main character has a huge impact. It does feel weird that Matt Damon is not in the movie at all, not even in the old footage used to place events in this film. But then again, this film isn’t about Bourne and I think Damon would steal the limelight from Jeremy Renner.

The character change does not deflect from this at all because the premise of the plot is Bourne’s impact on other CIA projects and you soon forget that you are watching a Bourne film without Bourne in it. Once the new character and basic plot has been established, it turns into familiar territory with an agent on the run with a female companion. This time, Marta is involved with Outcome as well and can actually help Cross. Rachel Weisz was a good choice but I thought her accent was inconsistent.

I love the Bourne trilogy so I was pleased with this. It keeps the same style so the only reason people will have for not liking this is that it stars Jeremy Renner. I reckon there will be a sequel as well because things weren’t completely resolved.

Top Films for August

TED

Well, I’m sure you’ve all seen the advert for Ted- the foul-mouthed furry best friend of Mark Wahlberg. When Wahlberg was young, he discovered his teddy bear was alive and then we zoom into the future to see how they live together as adults. It looks hilarious. It is a bit like WTF?! and I think throughout the weirdness of it all will be overwhelming. I’m hoping I can get past the fact that Mark is interacting with bear in a very grown-up movie!! Released 1st August.

 

THE BOURNE LEGACY

Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross, an agent which has been affected by the events from the previous Bourne movies. This one doesn’t stick to the source material (a novel by Robert Ludlum) and it doesn’t feature Matt Damon. All I can guess from the trailer is that Aaron is from the same sector as Bourne and he is now under threat since Bourne went on his search for the truth. Rachel Weisz co-stars. Expect intense action sequences and fast combat scenes. Released 13th August.

 

SHADOW DANCER

Andrea Riseborough stars as Colette, an active member of the IRA, who becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son’s welfare. Set in 1990s Belfast, you know this won’t turn out well but it is certainly going to be an intense thriller. Gillian Anderson and Clive Owen also star. Released 24th

 

[REC]3: GENESIS

The Spanish-language horror movie is back for a third outing and this time it is exploring the origins of the rabies outbreak which affected the apartment in the 2007 original. It still uses the hand-held style but it seems to have moved quite far away from the original two films, so I’m hoping it is still as good. The previous ones were brilliant and I would recommend you watch the Spanish version because the English remake is poor in comparison. This one takes place at a wedding so you can only imagine the crazy stuff which goes down! Released 24th August

 

THE WATCH

I’m putting this in because it could well be good but I am on the fence slightly. I was surprised to see the trailer and find that it is an alien movie because I thought it was just a simple buddy movie. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan, Jonah Hill and big screen newcomer Richard Ayoade (who you may recognise from IT Crowd) make up a neighbourhood watch group who soon get burdened with saving Earth when they discover aliens. It looks good but I’m not sure if it will be THAT funny. Let’s hope so! Released 24th

 

TOTAL RECALL

Colin Farrell stars as Douglas in this remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. In 2084, Douglas visits Rekall- a company which provides its clients with fake memories about a life they would like to have led. During the visit, something goes wrong and he begins to suspect he is a spy rather than a factory worker. He finds himself on the run with Melina (Jessica Biel). Also starring Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston. Released 29th August.