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Jason Bourne (2016)
Jason Bourne Review
Hello there folks. I know it has been since March that I have posted. And I am sorry about that. I have been busy as of late. So, why don't we just jump right into it? Today I will review Jason Bourne.
Synopsis: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Alicia Vikander Director: Paul Greengrass
Okay, so Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass decided to come back for this Bourne after The Bourne Legacy. And all of the fans rejoiced. That's not to say that Legacy was a bad movie (but it was) but it was so much better to have these two men back, even with Damon's propaganda about violence and guns recently.
The basic story of this one is that Nicky from the first three movies finds out something about Bourne's past, so she lets him know. That brings Bourne out of hiding to exact revenge on the men that did it to him. Now, if you remember the last time that they took a classic spy movie and turned it into a revenge story it didn't turn out so good. In case you're wondering, that movie was License to Kill. Not that good of a movie. But this movie got it right.
Of course, with the action scenes, you get that choppiness that Greengrass has become famous for. And it doesn't get any better with this one. That is the reason for the rating I give it. Yes, there is realism there, but I want to be able to understand what is going on in the fights.
The acting is top notched for this one. You have Matt Damon who actually is the best choice for Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones as the person who is hunting Bourne down. Haven't seen him in that type of role before. Vincent Cassel as an equal to Bourne was the best part of the acting. And the relative newcomer Alicia Vikander as a type of outsider to the situation that is going on was right on. Greengrass was able to pick the right people for their roles.
All in all, out of the five Bourne movies I would put this as the second best, Supremacy has the honor of being the best. Would I suggest this movie to others? You bet hello.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Another Mad Masterpiece
All right folks, today I am going to review the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. Now I know the movie has been out for over two months, but I finally got around to watching it just last night. And I kicked myself in the butt for waiting so long. As the movie is not a ten out of ten for me, it is still really good. Not as good as the masterful original, but equally as good as the second one. Yes I said it, the original Mad Max is better than The Road Warrior. I still say Alien is better than Aliens. Accept it because it's true. Now on to my review.
Synopsis: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Director: George Miller
Like I said in my build up, this movie is a Masterpiece just as much as the first and second movies were. Let's forget about the third for well, ever. George Miller returned to the series reportedly fifteen years ago trying to get this one made. Now, little is known (but if I had to guess I would say it was) if the script was the same back then as it was in the film. Truth be told, I'm glad that he had to wait this long to make it. The effects were that much better. There is a story out that Tom Hardy admitted was true where he got into Miller's face about the dust storm scene. Just imagine for a second if Miller tried to make that scene fifteen, ten, even five years ago. It would not have looked the same.
As for the storyline, it was very simple. Max is trying to find peace but gets caught up in the problems of others. With exception to the first movie, it is the same storyline as the others. And there is nothing wrong with that. You can't come up with something for a loner who never talks besides doing either one of two things. This storyline is one of them. The other is that he just stumbles among the bad guys such as in the first movie. So, really nothing wrong there. Max doesn't even really say anything until about twenty to twenty-five minutes into the movie. That's something that everyone should expect from him. No way around it.
The acting was right on the mark. Granted, the wives were mostly the worst part of the acting aspect, and the real reason the movie isn't higher up on my ten scale, but that's okay because of everyone else. In truth, the one that really stole the show was Nicholas Hoult as Nux. Nobody had any idea what he was going to do in the movie and he surprised even me. Charlize, nothing can really be said about her because she is awesome in almost everything she does. Tom was just Tom. A lot of people will say, and some that I have heard before, that he was trying too hard to be Mel in the movie, but he made Max his own character. Something that Mel has admitted he wanted Tom to do. Which is also one of the reasons that Mel kept his name out of this one. Sure, he could come back for one of the two other sequels, but we'll see.
The music was the same as it always was. Just right for the tone of the movie.
I really don't know what else to say about this movie. If you haven't watched it, then you need to get out and see it. You will not be disappointed, I can promise you that.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (I really wish IMDb would allow a half a point)
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