A lot of it feels like a rehash of The Bourne Ultimatum, spotting the hero in the train station and it’s all, “There’s Bourne!!!” and then they lose him again, and then they spot him again, and so on. But…. it’s a damn sight more entertaining. There’s lots of tension as people are running around following other people, lots of double-crossing, lots of cloak and dagger stuff, lots of globetrotting – to the point of losing track of the number of places they visited (or said they visited – you know how Hollywood often has one place doubling for another), and at one point, Bourne and Nicky are riding on a motorbike which I thought should’ve been done with BBC’s kids show Kickstart tootling away in the background.
Oh, and everyone walks round with a ‘resting bitch face’.
Greengrass directs some very quick-cutting of all fights to the point of ridiculousness, so that you don’t see direct injury, in order to keep it as a 12-certificate, hence why you can’t beat something like the 15-cert John Wick for lots of lovely gunshots to the face!
And I’ll give no spoilers, but have you ever sat in the cinema thinking you know exactly how the very end of a film will play out… and you’re right? Well, not in terms of the plot, but I had a feeling we’d get something neat happening and then Moby’s Extreme Ways starting up as the cool CGI end credits begin. And that’s what we got. But then again, that’s what we always get with a Bourne film. And it works. As always, since ‘Ultimatum‘, it’s another slight remix, although I only noticed this at the start, as it soon returns to the usual.
However, despite being a reasonable fan of Spooks, I went to see Spooks: The Greater Good and assumed the end would go the same way – you know, it all freeze-frames, turns to black and white and then the top and bottom of the screen close in on each other to a black screen? Well, it did all of that apart from the last bit when it faded to black. Quite honestly, I felt cheated. So it’s good that Jason Bourne continues to deliver the goods.
One thing this reminded me of, in terms of pacing, is how a ‘24‘ movie would look, obviously with a clock coming into view every now and again. However, with the idea of that first being mooted a long time ago, and with the brand diversify next year into 24: Legacy, I can’t see that actually happening.
So, will we get ‘Bourne 6‘? Well, the story was rather threadbare in this, even if it was more action-packed than I expected. On the one hand – plot-wise – I wouldn’t say it was necessary, but then again, next April sees the release of Fast and Furious 8…
And, following my previous end-credit adventures, how did this one go? Well, after being told the automatic end-credit lighting situation was being looked into, this time, they stay off completely, so it was as dark as it is during the film. This was better than I expected, as I assumed they’d go up a bit slightly to around pre-film trailer/adverts level, so no-one breaks their neck as they walk down the stairs. But then, despite the cleaners having been told not to start cleaning up while there are still people in the auditorium, they did come in, switched the big light on, then saw me, then switched it off again… and still continued to clean up in the dark. Huh? Why not just take a 10-minute break? It’s okay – I’ll cover for them! 🙂
Or, given the lead character in this film… did they forget? 😉
Running time: 123 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Format: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (2.8K) (some scenes), Canon Cinema RAW (4K) (some shots), CineForm RAW (2K) (some shots), Redcode RAW (6K) (some shots), Super 16 (some scenes), Super 35 (3-perf)
Released: July 27th 2016
Director: Paul Greengrass
Producers: Matt Damon, Gregory Goodman, Paul Greengrass, Frank Marshall, Ben Smith and Jeffery M Weiner
Screenplay: Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse (based on the characters created by Robert Ludlum)
Music: David Buckley and John Powell
Jason Bourne: Matt Damon
CIA Director Robert Dewey: Tommy Lee Jones
Heather Lee: Alicia Vikander
Asset: Vincent Cassel
Nicky Parsons: Julia Stiles
Aaron Kalloor: Riz Ahmed
Craig Jeffers: Ato Essandoh
Director NI Edwin Russell: Scott Shepherd
Malcolm Smith: Bill Camp
Christian Dassault: Vinzenz Kiefer
Baumen: Stephen Kunken
Greek Van Driver: Ben Stylianou
Richard Webb: Gregg Henry
Hacker: Kaya Yuzuki
Lead Hub Tech: Matthew O’Neil
Cyber Hub Tech: Lizzie Phillips
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.