Fri 5 Aug 2016
Each summer brings to the screens a fair amount of films which aim pleasing especially the family crowds but never or seldom make it to the list of awards of the year or just to the list of the films we will remember until the next summer. It uses to be a combination of comics or comics-inspired films, animation or actors – based, some science-fiction, continuation or remakes of previous themes, sequels and prequels. ‘Jason Bourne’ enters the schedule, but not necessarily the stereotype. This may actually be the action movie of the summer of 2016, although from a box-office perspective it may be a little bit too serious compared to contenders that race and fight spaceships or bring to screen super-heroes descending directly from comics books.
The identity troubles of Mr. Jason Bourne continue and as in the previous few series its again director Paul Greengrass at the helm, and also as co-writer of the film inspired by the hero created by Robert Ludlum. I must declare myself guilty of being a fan of Ludlum and of the genre of international spy action movies. I like films where the pretext is intelligent, where heroes are faced with credible dilemmas, they feel pain and memory losses, and identity crisis. Bourne is thrown out at the fringes of the society in this film, he tries to get back, but is it for revenge? or maybe to re-enter a world that he has all the reasons to hate, but which he cannot abandon because this is his life, he was created by it and this is what he knows to do best – for the good and for the bad motifs.
I am no fan of Matt Damon and I will not say more about his acting performance in this film than the fact that he may get better in maturity. On the other hand Alicia Vikander was so good that I kept wondering for the whole film who is this fresh newcomer face, sexy and focused. She not only has great looks but also reinvents herself in many of the films she plays in – she was a completely different person for example in A Royal Affair or in Ex Machina. An actor who certainly reached maturity and more is Tommy Lee Jones, but I was frankly expecting more from him than the extra wrinkles. Vincent Cassel is superb in his revenge killer role, he paid back his ticket over the ocean. Paul Greengrass directs skillfully the action scenes (and there are a lot), his accelerated pace did not disturb me this time, as car chases and gun and fist fights have logic and clarity and fit well in the story, they are not just choreographed violence. If there is something missing in the story it’s the romantic dimension, but with the heroes played by Alicia Vikander and Matt Damon alive at the end of the film, and an open end scene that may well be the first one of the next installment, all is possible.