Jason Bourne (2016) – 5/10 action thriller movie review

Jason Bourne (2016)

Bourne has been living off-the-grid but Nicky Parsons learns of another ethically dubious black op training program and contacts Bourne. What she doesn’t know is that Bourne has been replaced with an indestructible cyborg replica.

5/10

Morose and completely unconvincing action thriller that sees an indestructible Jason Bourne do impossible things for next to no reason while Tommy Lee Jones scowls from behind a Tommy Lee Jones scrotum mask that has been left out in the sun for a hundred years. If they had revealed that his head had been a walnut all along, it would have been more believable than the drek the filmmakers want us to go along with here. Now, a lot of the action is alright, undoubtedly ambitious (a bike chase through a riot is incredibly impressive logistically) and some of it is genuinely thrilling but it’s not enough to distract from the uninvolving characters and story. I think this franchise would have been better off leaving the trilogy and Treadstone arc alone and continued as an A-Team, Knight Rider or Incredible Hulk thing where Bourne swans into a town or someone’s life with a problem and helps eliminate it before moving on. Instead, this is the Crystal Skulls of the Bourne franchise that we’ll probably try and just overlook.

Content Summary

This movie contains extreme violence, gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cast / crew

Director, Producer and Writer: Paul Greengrass
Editor, Executive Producer and Writer: Christopher Rouse
Characters Creator: Robert Ludlum
Jason Bourne / David Webb: Matt Damon
Actor and Producer: Matt Damon
Tommy Lee Jones: CIA Director Robert Dewey
Alicia Vikander: Heather Lee
Vincent Cassel: Asset
Julia Stiles: Nicky Parsons
Riz Ahmed: Aaron Kalloor
Producer: Frank Marshall
Producer: Gregory Goodman
Producer: Ben Smith
Producer: Jeffrey M. Weiner

Men in Black 3 (2012) – 4/10 science fiction action comedy movie review

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Cast / crew
Actor and Director Husband Watching Launch: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer Based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham: Etan Cohen
Writer (Original Comic): Lowell Cunningham
Producer: Walter F. Parkes
Producer: Laurie MacDonald
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Will Smith: Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones: Agent K
Josh Brolin: Young Agent K
Jemaine Clement: Boris The Animal
Michael Stuhlbarg: Griffin
Alice Eve: Young Agent O
Bill Hader: Andy Warhol
David Rasche: Agent X
Emma Thompson: Agent O

Men in Black 3 (2012)

MIB Agent J is flummoxed when he goes to pick up K from his home only to find a mother and child. No K but they did have some delicious chocolate milk, so that was handy. When he gets to work, K is not just nowhere to be seen… he’s been dead for forty years.

4/10

While it is reasonably entertaining, avoids the bloat common to many belated sequels and boasts a nearly film-rescuing performance from Josh Brolin entertainingly capturing the mannerisms of Tommy Lee Jones, this is still a poor movie. The peril, villain and story are impactless (and don’t fit with the first movie) but the elements that could make up some of that shortfall, inventiveness and fun, are consistently weak; not bad exactly, just underwhelming. While there’s no compelling invention, there is some fun, but it is only occasionally effective. Notably, Will Smith is not on top form here; he doesn’t have much to work with but doesn’t seem to be able to project as much energy onscreen as he has in the past and his natural charisma is slightly muted as a result. Tommy Lee Jones is fine but has almost nothing to do while Josh Brolin nearly makes up the shortfall of the two franchise stars. For some inexplicable reason, seeing him say stuff  like Tommy Lee Jones is endlessly joyful.

This movie contains bad language, extreme fantasy violence, extremely unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – 6/10 World War II superhero fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Joe Johnston
Screenplay Writer: Christopher Markus
Screenplay Writer: Stephen McFeely
Chris Evans: Captain Steve “America” Rogers
Hayley Atwell: Peggy Carter
Tommy Lee Jones: Colonel Phillips
Hugo Weaving: Johann Schmidt / Red Skull
Producer: Kevin Feige

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Steve Rogers has the heart of a hero but not the physique. After failing numerous applications to join the US Army and fight against Hitler during World War II, a doctor in charge of a remarkable super-soldier project sees his potential but once the process completes, Rogers’ is only used in a valuable but demeaning propaganda role as Captain America. When his morale-boosting tour finally gets to the front lines, his disappointment at not being of more practical use brings out the inner hero once more.

6/10

Joe Johnston certainly gives the impression that he understood that characters are important, even (especially?) in an action movie, but off-the-shelf dialogue and plotting undermines the otherwise solid production. Most crucially, Captain America is introduced as an interesting character but then devolves into using his overwhelming strength to punch the evil out of endless henchmen. The shapeless presentation of most of the action doesn’t help but there is good work from Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones gets all the best lines ("I ain’t kissing ya") providing a much-needed jolt of fun and the effects guys who made Chris Evans look small and skinny and Hugo Weaving’s head look red have done their jobs perfectly.

This movie contains mild bad language, Extreme fantasy violence, graphic gun violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volcano (1997, Movie) – 5/10

Director: Mick Jackson
Tommy Lee Jones: Mike Roark
Anne Heche: Dr. Amy Barnes
Gaby Hoffmann: Kelly Roark
Don Cheadle: Emmit Reese
Jacqueline Kim: Dr. Jaye Calder
Keith David: Lt Ed Fox
John Corbett: Norman Calder
Writer (Story): Jerome Armstrong
Writer (Screenplay): Jerome Armstrong
Writer (Screenplay): Billy Ray

Volcano (1997)

In Los Angeles the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is headed up by Mike Roark and is about to face it’s sternest test when seismic activity starts to occur at catacylsmic proportions in downtown Los Angeles.

5/10

Reasonably efficient but entirely unconvincing disaster movie that benefits from an on-form Tommy Lee Jones, searing pace, a high excitement quota and some spectacular scenes but is undone by almost everything else. Principally, the story is rubbish and all the events that take place therein are deeply rubbish. On a line-by-line basis, the script is even worse. Especially bad is the black guy / arrogant cop confrontation but there are some desperately cringeworthy lines such as "I’m Lava, who’s gonna beat that?" "My dad." (pass the sick bag, please); and, regarding the ash-covered survivors, "Look at their faces. They all look the same." Bleugh! That said, Hollywood didn’t take kindly to director Mick Jackson making a film that, rather impressively, said Los Angeles deserved to burn and he hasn’t worked on the big-screen since.

This movie contains extremely unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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