Just got back from seeing the new Jason Bourne film. Searched for a Post Release thread through the site and google but didn't find one so I hope this is OK.
In my opinion, not aggressively bad like World War Z, just forgettably bad, so 2/5.
I think what's impressive about the series is how they basically make the same film over and over again but can get away with it because they do it so well each time. Leaving Legacy out of it, they made one trip too many to this well. I'm not saying they couldn't have made a good film out of this but this IMO is not it.
Basically, it's the same thing again but much worse. Things were fraying oh so slightly with Ultimatum but this just full on unravels.
Same elements, outwits and beats up a group of agents in a public place (1-2), car/vehicle chase (x2), another piece of his past recalled with yet another CIA person higher up the chain than the last one and an end stage boss fight. It's just that each of these have been done before and better in one of the earlier films. Too much too close shaky cam by far. Criminal waste of Vincent Cassel (Bourne vs Desh was way better).
Some elements thrown in, a few Snowden mentions, an Assange (?) analog, a Mark Zuckerberg clone (complete with real -life rumour the CIA were behind the founding of Facebook ... I mean Deep Dream except it's definitely true here as opposed to just possibly true in real life).
Then as I was watching it, I realised what happened to Marie was going to happen to Nicky, Julia Stiles has been in these films for a while, time to trade her out I guess.
Anyway, I suppose the film was about 2 hours, felt like 6 which is a cardinal sin in an action film.
Only new thing out of this is that turns out Bourne volunteered for Treadstone because he thought terrorists killed his father but in fact it was the agency because his father founded Treadstone but was going to blow the whistle on it when he learned they were going to recruit his son. So it's OK as long as it's other people doing the wetwork, is it? That video which Matt Damon has done (the whole series minus Legacy in 90 seconds actually cuts painfully close to home about how they keep recycling the same film over and over again - at least they did it with style before).
Recommend: Watch at home. Actually, you might as well watch Supremacy at home right now instead. Or Ultimatum but I think Supremacy did it better if you had to pick one. Infinitely skippable actually.
Wish they'd write a whole different script in future without all the exact same pieces locked together like a jigsaw yet again. They were getting away with carbon copies up to now but it finally produced a copy that is way too thin.