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Jason Bourne

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Set twelve years after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum and Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has been living off the grid. However when he’s contact by his old ally Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) with new information about the Treadstone project Borune soon finds himself pulled into another conspiracy.

I love the original Bounre trilogy and Jason Bourne is a worthy addition to the franchise. However it’s not as jaw-droppingly amazing as the previous movies. A few new revalations about Bourne’s past and some far-fetched coincidneces drags the film down. But while Jason Bourne doesn’t hit the highs of the series best it’s only because the original trilogy is such a high benchmark to live up to that even the dream team of Greengrass and Damon struggle to reach it.

Damon steps back into Bourne as though he’s never been away and it’s satisfying seeing him fight and strategize his way through the movie. There isn’t an iconic action scene to rival the series best but Greengrass can still produce impressive chases and fight sequences.

If Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassell provide strong but predictable roles to the film their spotlights are stolen by fellow newcomers Alicia Vikander and Riz Ahmed with Vikander’s CIA employee Heather in paticular being a welcome addition with a character who is intelligent, ambitious and determined.

Rating 4/5 – exciting and thrilling if not quite the best in the franchise

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Trance

Trance is a Danny Boyle’s thriller that was released earlier this year. It is one of three films this year which has actor James McAvoy  trying  to  explore darker, more complicated characters (the others being Welcome to the Punch and Filth).

McAvoy plays Simon, an art auctioneer who plays an inside role to a robbery at the gallery he works for. However after a knock on the head he gets amnesia and forgets where he put the painting they were going to steal. Naturally his fellow robbers are not happy about this and try torture the answers out of him. When that doesn’t work, the leader Franck (Vincent Cassel) gets a hypnotist called Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson)to get the painting from him. However the truth is a lot more complicated than it appears.

The film starts out strong, as though this will be a smart thriller about people with dubious morals. However as the film goes on, there are too many twists going on and when you think about them it doesn’t make sense. In the end it seems like an awful lot of hard work just for one character’s end goal.

Not every movie needs a sympathetic or relatable character to follow, but there is no one in the film interesting enough to care what happens to them. The cast do what they can, and McAvoy clearly relishes playing a character that isn’t a straight forward good guy, but I think he’ll have more luck with his upcoming film Filth.

Probably only worth watching if you want to see Dawson naked. Hilariously the film tries to make  Dawson’s full-frontal nudity seem like an important plot point in the film, when obviously they just wanted to see Dawson naked. Just be honest Boyle!

Rating 2.5/5-a good start gives way to a film that has to many twists and turns for its own good

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