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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie seems to celebrate the hero's violent behavior, championing his ability to beat up/kill anyone and to always be three jumps ahead. He sometimes suffers for all the violence he committed, but the movie exonerates him (it wasn't his fault).
Positive Role Models
In earlier movies, Bourne might have been a "cool" spy hero, but here he's angrier and more burnt-out. There are a couple of women in positions of power, but they're thinly drawn and have no particularly admirable qualities.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting; characters die. Brutal fights, with martial arts and blunt objects. Bloody scratches. Car crashes. Explosions. A revolution in the streets, with Molotov cocktails and total chaos. Fall from height. A man is bound and gagged. Bullet scars and whip scars shown.
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Infrequent language includes "s--t," "prick," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jason Bourne is the fifth movie in the Bourne series, marking the return of original star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (both took the fourth film off). Violence is the main issue, with lots of guns and shooting, brutal hand-to-hand fights, and more. Some wounds and scars are shown, but there's not much blood. There are wild car chases, riots, explosions, fire, and falls from high places. Several characters die. Language is infrequent but strong and includes "s--t" and "bitch." Teens may be eager to see this high-profile actioner, but it's arguably the worst in the series, with most of the participants seeming bored and uncommitted. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
After the Jeremy Renner reboot The Bourne Legacy, star Damon and director Paul Greengrass return for this fifth entry; but you have to wonder, why did they even bother, when everyone looks bored? In earlier movies, Damon gave commanding physical performances, using his eyes and expression to take in his surroundings and calculate his next move. But in Jason Bourne, both the story and his motivations are more muddled -- is he seeking revenge, to shut down the CIA's illicit programs, or both? -- and Bourne is much harder to get behind.
Damon seems to be going through the motions, the other actors seem equally lost or bored, and behind it all, Greengrass turns in some of his sloppiest work. In the excellent The Bourne Ultimatum, Greengrass took care in establishing the physical surroundings of each action sequence. Here, the action consists mainly of chases, hurtling headlong into unknown territory, and the director's lurching, shaking camera leaves everything an indecipherable, gnarled mess.
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