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QUICK REVIEW: Jason Bourne

Howdy people, hypersonic55 back with another review and today I get to talk about Jason Bourne, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2007 film; The Bourne Ultimatum. Now I’ve been hyped yet cautious about this film since it was announced a few years ago, but the duo of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon gave me hope. So after seeing the film I’m ready to pass judgement!

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The plot for the film can be described as the following:

“A decade after his disappearance at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne unexpectedly resurfaces at a time when the world is faced with unprecedented instability. At the same time, a new program, Operation Ironhand, has been created to hunt him down while he is still trying to find all the answers to his past.”

What I liked about the story was the following:

  1. It was tonally consistent with the previous films
  2. It felt relevant to modern times
  3. It gave Bourne a reason to come out of hiding and go on the hunt
  4. The world felt expanded and was layered when it came to history of Bourne and his ties to the CIA

I will admit that story took a little while to get going and didn’t have the immediate hook that I wanted, however after a key moment early on things shifted into gear and got interesting. From there the film went deep into the history of this film series, yet still presented new issues, conspiracies and dangers that relate Bourne, the CIA and the use of modern technology and privacy. There was a sense of realism, grittiness, intimacy and pressure involved, but what this film really did well was make things personal, not only for Bourne, but for the people he interacted with as well, this added a level of drama necessary for you to care about the characters and stakes involved. It has to be mentioned that this film’s tale isn’t as unique or engaging as the previous films, however if you just want to see more of the same then you’ll be fine.

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As for the cast they were all very good. Firstly there’s Matt Damon who returned to great effect as Jason Bourne, the cool thing about Bourne in this film is that he’s off the grid, but still haunted by his past and once he gets involved with Nicky and starts to discover more mysterious behind his past made for some really cool and suspenseful material. Damon felt like he never left this role as was able to be calm and collected, badass and emotionally engaging. Alicia Vikander was the next most interesting character as Heather Lee, as a CIA agent her character was very smart, resourceful and knew how to strategize to sort out the situations she faced. I didn’t expect Vikander to be as involved and as important as she was, but it was a welcome surprise and I actually liked her a lot. Tommy Lee Jones was also good as director of the CIA, Robert Dewey, this guy had an interesting part to play in this film being very self-aware, aggressive, cautious and calculated when it came to his actions with Bourne and the secret operations within the CIA. Vincent Cassel as the Asset was very enjoyable, besides being a badass assassin, he was also driven, cold and ruthless and I liked that Cassel brought a sense of energy and urgency to this character. Also seeing Julia Stiles again as Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons, it was great to see that even after she went into hiding that she was still looking into the past for information and had Bourne’s interests at heart. And finally Riz Ahmed was nice as Aaron Kalloor, his character was very charismatic, likeable and interesting in this role.

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Presentation-wise this film was pretty solid. Visually this film was great with wonderful cinematography, and awesome action sequences whether it was the insanely sweet car chases or the well-choreographed fight scenes, the visual style and flair of this series was on-point. Oh and the film score by John Powell and David Buckley was lovely, very energetic, emotional and amplified the action on-screen and brought back the familiar themes that came with the previous films.

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In the end Jason Bourne was just what I wanted it to be, a kick ass action thriller that was intriguing, intense and badass. While not as good as the previous three films,  I still had a hell of good time with this film and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8/10

So are you planning to see Jason Bourne and if you’ve seen it what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Trance Review

Before I start this review I have to say that it’s taken me far too long to watch this film. I’ve been meaning to watch Trance since it opened in the cinema weeks ago, but every time I wanted to watch it times wouldn’t match up with other films or I couldn’t be arsed to go to the cinema and I put it off for weeks. But I FINALLY got around to watching it a few hours ago and I wish I’d seen it sooner, it’s pretty damn good and I’ll tell you why in this review.

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So the story of the film involves Simon, a fine art auctioneer who becomes involved in the theft of a painting from his own auction house. Simon attempts to double-cross his colleagues and keep the painting for himself but a blow to the head leaves him with amnesia. Unable to remember the location of the painting, Simon’s colleague Franck arranges a consultation with a hypnotherapist Elizabeth in order to unlock Simon’s memories as to where the painting is. As Elizabeth continues her sessions with Simon things in his mind start to become more complex and his life along with Elizabeth and Franck blur, fluctuate and change a great deal.

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I thought the story was very good, it was very deep, complex and so much more than I was expecting. The trailers really didn’t give you any indication of what was coming and what you learn in the film really is some surprising stuff. I also didn’t expect there to be as much humour as there was in the film given the dark and twisted nature of what was going on. With the hypnotherapy sessions and dream sequences the film really does blur the line between what is reality and what isn’t. Some of the scenes and story elements are truly unnerving and freaky and it is mighty impressive. Also like many films before this one Danny Boyle knows how create these scenes of tension, uneasiness and psychologically impactful stuff in a stylish and raw manner. I definitely got flashbacks from Trainspotting and Sunshine while watching this film. There were a couple of elements about the film I didn’t like but that’d be jumping into spoiler territory so I’ll just keep those points to myself, but all in all the story was very nice.

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But what is a film without a cast? Thankfully they’re more than up for the challenge as they are all on top form here and give us characters who are very interesting enticing. Let’s start with James McAvoy as Simon. McAvoy was incredible! This is the best role I’ve seen him in so far, now I’m a late fan of McAvoy’s but I can see why there are a lot of people who like him as an actor. In this film his performance is so powerful, believable and engaging from start to finish. As for Rosario Dawson as Elizabeth she was grand, I’ve always liked her and besides the fact that she’s astonishingly beautiful she played her part very well and I was very invested in her character. And lastly Vincent Cassel as Franck was great, I first came across Cassel in Black Swan and he was great in that film and in Trance his performance is nothing short of fantastic, he is intimidating, funny and very much impressive throughout.

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When it comes to visual presentation it is great. The way the film is shot looks great and it displays London in a very fancy way and it is interesting to see places in London that you’ve been before presented in a film in a very different way from the way you see it normally. In additional to the wonderful shots there’s some fine work done with the lighting, I loved the scenes at night and the use of colour only amplified the scenes they were used in to highlight moments of fear, confusion, tension etc. I especially loved the use of the blue, red and orange. Also the soundtrack by Rick Smith deserves a mention too, Smith’s compositions are both lighthearted and serious and capture the emotions of what’s going on at the time in a fantastic way. The music is impactful and the electronic style feels contemporary and nostalgic at the same time, I think that’s due to the fact that Smith’s collaborated with Danny Boyle many times before.

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In conclusion Trance is a great film with a very deep and complex story, a fabulous cast, an awesome visual style and wonderful soundtrack too. I see what all the hype was about and while I can’t say it’s my favourite Danny Boyle film it’s still a fabulous piece of filmmaking that deserves your attention.

Rating: 8/10 (Totally worth a watch!)

So have you seen Trance and if yes then what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments section below. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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