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by Tony Medley
OK for children.
This is a movie
in search of a story. For 100 minutes, this is a slam-bang, humdinger of
a movie. But then when you sit through 30 minutes of a mindless chase
through the Philippines, on foot and vehicle, it dawns on you that
writer/director Tony Gilroy doesn't have a clue about where he's going
It starts out
with Renner in search of meds given him by an evil government agency
(the NRAG, National Research Assay Group, apparently some sort of
offshoot of the CIA and the DOD), run, apparently, by Edward Norton and
Stacy Keach, who has decided to terminate the program and the six or
seven people who had volunteered to take the meds.
For 100 minutes
it's engrossing. But then it just fades to black with the 30-minute
chase and ends with nothing resolved, probably yearning for a sequel, a
sequel in which I have little or no interest. I don't like to be played
like this. That's a shame because Jeremy Renner (replacing Matt Damon as
the star, although Jeremy isn't named Bourne, but Aaron Cross) gives a
terrific performance. So does his companion, Dr. Mara Shearing (Rachel
Weisz), who is also being chased by the evil agency. Damon made a
conscious decision not to participate and so did director Paul
Greengrass, who took over after the first film and really made the
Bourne films into something special. Those were good decisions by
both men, although Greengrass probably would have insisted on an ending.
Films like this,
with no satisfactory conclusion, do a disservice to movie fans. This is
like a Perils of Pauline serial, with the story never coming to
an end. I was surprised Gilroy didn't add "tune in next year" before the
It might be a
good idea to take a timer with you and leave after the first 100
minutes, unless you're a male between 15-35, at which movies like this
are targeted. That's when the story ends and the special effects-laden
chase begins. You won't be any the wiser if you sit through to the end.
But if you like mindless chases that have no cohesion or reason, racing
over rooftops, motorcycles and cars cutting in and out of traffic, all
the silly stuff you've seen thousands of times since Bullitt
started it all in 1968 (for all the car chases that have been forced on
movie-goers since 1968, the only two that stand out as high quality
filming are Bullitt and The French Connection in 1971)
this could be your cup of tea.