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Jason Bourne

Summary: Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th July 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Paul Greengrass

Screenwriter: Paul Greengrass, Christopher Rouse, Robert Ludlam (characters)

Cast: Riz Ahmed (Aaron Kalloor), Bill Camp (Malcolm Smith), Vincent Cassel (Asset), Johnny Cicco (Bradley Samuels), Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Ata Essandoh (Craig Jeffers), Ellie Fox (Officer Jones), Gregg Henry (Richard Webb), Tommy Lee Jones (CIA Director Robert Dewey), Vinzenz Kiefer (Christian Dassault), Stephen Kunken (Baumen), Scott Shepherd (Director NI Edwin Russell), Julia Stiles (Nicky Parsons), Alicia Vikander (Heather Lee)

Runtime: 123 mins

Classification: M

 

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David Griffiths:

It’s the film that hardcore Jason Bourne fans thought they would never see but yes Jason Bourne is back on the big screen. After ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ Matt Damon was quoted a number of times that he would never play the role again, even Universal seemed sure of it as they reworked the franchise with a new character that was given to Jeremy Renner to play. But it seems when you listen to a quote, listen to it properly because what Damon said was that he would never do another Bourne film unless Paul Greengrass (‘Captain Phillips’) was in the director’s chair. When Greengrass is back and so is Damon!!!

The film begins with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon – ‘Good Will Hunting’) staying out of sight in Europe and surviving on the money that he makes as he goes around competing in various underground fighting tournaments. He is forced out of hiding though when his former ally Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles – ‘Save The Last Dance’) hacks into the CIA’s computer network and makes some alarming discoveries about the real identity behind Jason Bourne and how his father was involved.

The hack alerts young CIA agent Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander – Ex-Machina) to what is happening and soon she finds herself working with CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones – ‘Men In Black’) to bring Bourne in. Together they bring in a brutal agent named only as Asset (Vincent Cassel – ‘Black Swan’) to put Bourne down while also trying to work out how to best deal with Social Media empire boss Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed – ‘Nightcrawler’) who is threatening to expose the relationship between his social media platform and the CIA.

There is little doubt that Paul Greengrass’ latest entry into the Bourne franchise is pretty sleek but how does it hold up in the modern film environment? To be brutally honest I’ve never really seen Bourne as an elite franchise. While yes the films always look and they have shown that Matt Damon is a more than capable action star, they just don’t do enough to make themselves ‘different’ enough to really impress me. While franchises like ‘Fast & The Furious’ do whatever they can to make each film bigger and better the ‘Bourne’ franchise seems to just chug along doing the same thing each time, without doing much to change the formula along the way.

One of my criticisms levelled at this franchise in the past has been the fact that these films ride a dangerous path. The plots are never intense enough to make you marvel at the screenwriting while the action sequences are normally nothing any different to what we have seen before. Here it is obvious that they have tried to overcome these issues as the screenplay does have a bit more ‘meat’ to it while the car chase through Las Vegas resembles something of a sequence that may stick in some cinema goers minds for at least a few weeks… even though it still isn’t something as spectacular as dropping a car from a plane or jumping cars between high rise in Dubai.

What truly is remarkable here though is Greengrass’ attempt to re-capture the riots that have plagued Greece over the past few years. These sequences are absolutely brilliant and work amazingly well as a back-drop as Asset works feverishly to hunt down Parsons and Bourne. It is with sequences like these that Greengrass comes to the fore, and here he recaptures the same type of suspense that he wowed audiences with throughout ‘Captain Phillips.’ In a lot of ways these scenes are a lot better than the clichéd car chase that serves as a finale here and it will be the main thing that sticks in mind for a while to come.

We do see a vast improvement in the screenplay here as well. While characters like Asset may still be a walking cliché the sub-plot that looks at the CIA being in bed with a social media platform does raise questions such as ‘should the Government spy on us in order to keep us safe?’ while the screenplay also paints a very murky picture to what the audience should expect from Heather Lee. So often action films like this feel the need to show the audience who is good and who is bad without any grey at all. But with Lee the audience is left constantly wondering where her alliance sits. Is the just another lapdog for Dewey or does she have a soft spot for Bourne? It’s actually a relief to find a character in this genre that has the audience constantly questioning their thoughts on said character… and Bourne’s reaction to her at the end is what makes this film’s finale work despite the disappointment of the car chase.

Being written that way makes Heather a dream for a young actress to play and here Alicia Vikander doesn’t disappoint. She really is one of those actresses that just seems to shine no matter what role is thrown at her. Her recent performances in ‘Testament Of Youth’ and ‘The Danish Girl’ show what she is capable of in brilliant films, while here she follows what is written for and plays Heather as a cold, almost emotionless agent who never lets her true feelings known to anyone. While she’s not exactly working with a great script she certainly makes something of it. To her credit she holds her own as she acts alongside Tommy Lee Jones who just breezes through as the ‘bad guy’ while Matt Damon once again shows that he can still hold his own with any action star going around.

While ‘Jason Bourne’ doesn’t exactly set the world on fire or bring anything new to the action genre it is a serviceable film that certainly won’t bore its audience. Greengrass manages to make the film visually attractive but you are left wanting a big action sequence that just never eventuates (‘Star Trek Beyond’ it ain’t), still the film does more than enough to be considered ‘a thinking person’s action film.’
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Adam Ross

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):   Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  Jason Bourne (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Jason Bourne reviews: Nil.

 

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Closed Circuit

Summary: A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defence team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th December, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: John Crowley

Screenwriter: Steven Knight

Cast: Riz Ahmed (Nazrul Sharma), Doug Allen (Ryan), Eric Bana (Martin Rose), Barbara Bobulova (Piccola), Baris Celiloglu (Mine Kemmal), Hasancan Cifci (Emir Erdogan), Kenneth Cranham (Cameron Fischer), Neil D’Souza (Iqbal), Anne-Marie Duff (Melissa), Rebecca Hall (Claudia Simmons-Howe), Ciaran Hinds (Devlin), John Humphreys (himself), James Lowe (Simon Fellowes), Denis Moschitto (Farroukh Erdogan), Pinar Ogun (Olkay Erdogan), Jemma Powell (Elizabeth), Julia Stiles (Joanna Reece), Angus Wright (Andrew Altman), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Tom Rose)

Runtime: 96 mins

Classification:M

OUR CLOSED CIRCUIT REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s review of ‘Closed Circuit’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #61

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating: Closed Circuit (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Closed Circuit′: Please check our Closed Circuit review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 61.

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Silver Linings Playbook

Summary: Life doesn’t always go according to plan…Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circu…mstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 31st January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: David O. Russell

Screenwriter: David O. Russell, Matthew Quick (novel)

Cast: Richard Adams (Ramon), Ted Barba (Doug Culpepper), Fritz Blacnchette (Fritzy), Regina Boies (Regina), Brea Bree (Nikki), Phillip Chorba (Jordie), Bradley Cooper (Pat), Robert De Niro (Pat Sr.), Vaughn Goland (Robert), Tiffany E. Green (Tanya), Paul Herman (Randy), Anupam Kher (Dr. Cliff Patel), Jennifer Lawrence (Tiffany), Anthony Lawton (Dr. Timbers), Patsy Meck (Nancy), Dash Mihok (Officer Keogh), John Oritz (Ronnie), Jeff Reim (Jeffrey), Matthew Russell (Ricky D’Angelo), Julia Stiles (Veronica), Chris Tucker (Danny), Jacki Weaver (Dolores), Shea Whigham (Jake)

Runtime: 122 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Review: 

It’s funny how Oscar Buzz can win some people over so quickly. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ has come in for some deserved Oscar nominations but calling it ‘film of the year’ is a little bit of a stretch. Yes this is one romantic film that has the right mix of drama and comedy (even better is the fact it’s comedy that will make you laugh) and the acting is out of this world, but at the end of the day it’s script is seriously predictable, so much so that you’ll be able to predict the ending from the start of the film.

Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ begins with Pat (Bradley Cooper – The Place Beyond The Pines, Hit And Run) being picked up from a mental hospital by his mother, Dolores (Jacki Weaver – The Five Year Engagement, Summer Coda). It turns out that he was placed in the hospital by the court after he viciously bashed a man who was having an affair with his wife, Nikki (Brea Bee – TV’S General Hospital, TV’S Breaking In).

However, the news that Pat is out of hospital doesn’t exactly thrill his father, Pat Snr. (Robert De Niro – Freelancers, Being Flynn) who believes that Pat may not be ready to be back in society. At first Pat does all he can to break his restraining order and tries to see Nikki but after being picked up by Officer Keogh (Dash Mihok – 2nd Serve, TV’S Greetings From Home) a couple of times and because of advice from his doctor Dr Cliff Patel (Anupam Kher – Midnight’s Children, Jab Tak Hai Jaan) Pat decides that while he does still want to end up with Nikki but is going to have to work slowly at it so he can show her that he has changed.

Then his life changes forever when his friends Ronnie (John Oritz – Jack Goes Boating, TV’S Luck) and Veronica (Julia Stiles – The Makeover, Between Us) introduce him to the damaged Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence – House At The End Of The Street, The Hunger Games) and while many feel they are bad for each other they soon form a strong bond that the others, aside from Danny (Chris Tucker – Rush Hour 3, Rush Hour 2), just don’t seem to understand.

Normally a film’s good script can make bad actors look good, but this time around it is a string of good acting performances that make a predictable script a worthy watch. It’s a shame that David O’ Russell’s (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees) script is easy to predict from the get go because the script works on so many other levels – it gives a great insight into mental illness, has wonderful relationships between most of the characters and provides a few laughs along the way.

But the best thing about ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ are the remarkable performances of its key cast. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both show that they are most remarkable talents that are well and truly above the franchises that have made them famous while Robert De Niro also puts in one of his best performances for years.

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ also helps out some of Hollywood’s fringe dwelling actors to show their worth as well. Jacki Weaver is absolutely sensational and does Australia proud while Chris Tucker reminds Hollywood that he can be a talented actor when given the right script to work with again.

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ may be a little predictable but it is still an enjoyable journey and should certainly be classed as a must see.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Silver Linings Playbook′: Check Episode #18 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Dave’s other review of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Silver Linings Playbook (2012) on IMDb