August 21, 2016

Jason Bourne

More of the same from the Bourne franchise, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass continue to deliver quality action and thrills, but there's not much point to it. The Greek riots / motorcycle sequence was masterful, and the Las Vegas smash & dash car chase was muscular. When CIA spooks follow Jason Bourne around town, what's new there? Something happens and then some spook repeats what just happened out loud as if nobody in the room had seen it? Four films into the franchise and the CIA spooks continue to underestimate Bourne: no one ever thinks "he'll be expecting us to act just like this - how can we outwit him?"
Finally, I don't understand how a movie with so many cold-blooded murders can be rated PG-13. The moment an assassin shoots an innocent person in the head point-blank out of convenience, that is no longer a PG-13 movie. The MPAA rating system is completely broken if this film can get a PG-13. (Somerville Theater, screen 5)