Monday, August 1, 2016

Jason Bourne

felt from start to finish like a film made entirely to cash in on a franchise that has been good to investors so far.  The story hinged on yet another undiscovered bit of Bourne's past, one that you end up having trouble caring about at all.  The subplot added a bit of interest, but not tons.  Matt Damon careened through the story with so few lines of dialog that you could probably have memorized them on the drive home from the theater.

What made the movie watchable and even fun at times--and, amazingly, overall I managed to enjoy it--were its action scenes.  The movie generally kept its stops brief and its action sequences long--in a few cases, too long--and so didn't give you time to ponder for long all of its many improbabilities.

If, like me, you're a sucker for spy movies and already have enjoyed the previous Bourne films, you'll feel okay at the end of this one.  If you don't know the franchise or want a genuinely good movie, look elsewhere.

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