Posts Tagged ‘Paul Greengrass’

jason-bourne-matt-damonAt one time, we reviewed every single film in The Bourne Franchise for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and then I got caught up in the 365 movies challenge. So to start 2017 out right, we are reviewing the latest film in the franchise Jason Bourne which sees the return of star Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity). Jason Bourne has been out of the cross hairs of the government for quite some time as he makes his money by fighting. A message from a familiar former agent (Julia Stiles) revealing the final piece in the puzzle that he has been looking for puts him right back on track to fix the wrongs that had been done with him. This time though, he has to deal with a new hotshot CIA Agent (Alicia Vikander) and a CIA Director (Tommy Lee Jones) whose hell bent on getting rid of Bourne for good. The film also stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the Asset, Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Aaron Kalloor, Ato Essandoh (Blood Diamond) as Craig Jeffers, Scott Shepherd (Bridge Of Spies) as Director NI Edwin Russell, Bill Camp (Midnight Special) as Malcolm Smith, Vinzenz Kiefer (Speed Racer) as Christian Dassault, and the film was directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats: 

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jason-bourne-gallery-06It was awesome that they brought Jason back into the series after The Bourne Legacy and with that being said let’s check out some stats. Jason has about 18 kills/knock outs in this film which isn’t bad because it’s his second highest amount in the franchise. As I said above the whole series is an origin story as you get bits and pieces of what happened to him as he discovers it. He has no love interest in this film, but Nicky Parsons dies and we discover that his father was killed so that is a yes to the next question. Depending on who you believe the big boss is, they are defeated, but you’ll have to see how for yourself. This was the only logical way for the series to go and I am glad they brought back the director (Greengrass) as well because he knows how the series should go as far as direction. I liked where they took the story in this one adding the beautiful Alicia Vikander who tip toes on the line of what is right and what is wrong. The cinematography is amazing in the film and you have to love the locational shots we get from all the places visited in the film. One thing that I did love that I want to talk about is how they used current events for the film. Bourne exposes BlackBriar which featured some assets in Syria or when he goes to meet Nicky Parsons, it’s during a demonstration in Greece which is under turmoil. It was smart and it made you interested to see where they would go especially after name dropping Snowden as well. I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

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TheBourneSupremacy1Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne series comes out on July 29Th in theaters everywhere and I have not seen the whole series. So, what better place then here to start watching the series to catch up before the release of the film. For Ass Whoopin Wednesday, we are checking out the second film in the series The Bourne Supremacy which once again stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) as Jason Bourne. Jason and Maria (Franka Potente) have been in hiding for the last two years, but a mysterious Russian hitman (Karl Urban) has managed to track him down in Goa, India. Kirill (Urban) manages to kill Maria instead of Jason and that sets Jason off to try and find some answers, but Jason walks into a sh** storm in Berlin. Jason is accused of murdering an agent and CIA official Landy (Joan Allen) is on the hunt. Bourne has to find some answers in order to clear his name before Landy can get to him. The film also stars Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) as Ward Abbott, Julia Stiles (Save The Last Dance) as Nicky, Gabriel Mann (Revenge) as Daniel Zorn, Marton Csokas (xXx) as Jarda, Tom Gallop (Jerry Maguire) as Tom Cronin, Oksana Akinshina (Hipsters) as Irena Neski, and the film was directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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Karl-in-The-Bourne-Supremacy-karl-urban-25533886-853-480Just like the last film, it picks up right where it left off as far as the action packed thriller is concerned. As far as the stats are concerned, Jason Bourne has abut 13 kills/knockouts which includes a brutal fight scene with Marton Csokas. Just like the last film, his memories are unfolding right before our eyes, but he finds out something dark in this film. He has a love interest which is Maria, but unfortunately she is killed in the film which answers the next question on the list. The big boss is defeated in the film, but like always you’ll have to see it for yourself. The action in the film is kind of divided between the people as you a lot with Karl Urban as well as Matt Damon. Damon only has a couple of real good action scenes with one being with Csokas who we end up finding out something about him and the car chase scene with Karl Urban. The end of the film is a little tricky because if they had ended it after his meeting with Oksana’s character, it would have made sense to end the series. But then they give you another scene right afterwards that opened up the doors for the next film which gives you Jason’s true identity or is it? Jason Bourne was and is sort of is the next generation of great espionage thrillers, but unlike James Bond, it deals with the CIA.  The cinematography was great, the acting was great, and the story was great so what else could you want? I am going to give the film 4.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

GreengrassI am not going to take anything away from The Bourne Legacy which starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. The Bourne Legacy ran with a new character who had to deal with the circumstances of what Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) had done in the previous three films. With that being said, I was a huge fan of the first three Jason Bourne films The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). We were led to believe that Matt Damon was done with the series and that it was going to remain a trilogy as both Damon and Paul Greengrass (The director of Supremacy and Ultimatum) both chose not to come back. Well, Matt recently confirmed that he and Greengrass will return for the fifth film in the Bourne series. Damon told E! Friday, “It’ll be in 2016 when the movie will actually come out. Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes.” We all know that Damon has been vocal about reteaming with Greengrass, but he had the same sentiments as me when he told this to CNBC back in May about The Bourne Ultimatum, “It felt like such a good way to end it the last time. But having said that, I love that character and I’d love to see what happened to him.” The project is still untitled and as Damon said, you can expect to see it in 2016. So stay tuned here for more details as it becomes available.