Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns to the role of Jason Bourne for the fourth outing in the franchise. I read that he refused to be part of the project unless Paul Greengrass returned to directing. Well, he got his wish and Jason Bourne rides again.

The movie opens with Jason living off the grid and just going from one fight club to the next and being invisible. His animosity doesn’t last long when his past catches up to him and soon he finds himself embroiled in a plot to eliminate a tech mogul on the eve of a new product that supposedly opens up your life on the web, but at the same time protecting your privacy.

I have never been a fan of the Bourne films. I actually fell asleep during one of them. This film follows form with the previous films in that for an action movie, it is dreadfully boring. In the beginning there is a lot of tech talk and lots of scenes of people clicking on things on screens. When there are action sequences, the camera closes in and it’s difficult to tell what is going on exactly until the end of the fight. The story itself is basic and seems like it should be easy to follow but the scenes just drag on and you start to lose track of what’s going on from one scene to the next. If you like deep cover black 0ps kind of stuff, this is the movie for you.

Matt Damon is in top form as Jason as he runs, jumps and generally kicks ass whenever it’s called for and there are some chase scenes that will definitely keep you awake. It helps if you have seen the previous films to fully understand where the characters are in their lives and why everyone seems to mess their pants at the sound of Jason Bourne’s name. A lot of old stuff is brought back. This was a well put together  production no question, but for all the money that was poured into it, I would have hoped they could have made something a bit more stimulating.

Audience: For the most part, the audience was well behaved, however there was this one guy behind me who brought his kids and it was clear they were way too young to find any entertainment in this movie. They were constantly chattering and getting up and down from their seats. I particularly loved how when they left the auditorium they were clever enough to crawl  below the screen to the exit on the opposite side of the theater, instead of simply using the exit on the other side, which would not have bothered anyone. What are parents teaching kids these days?

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Sausage Party

Very rarely do adults get an animated film, but when they do, it really is for adults. That is the case with ‘Sausage Party’ opening this week. Starring Seth Rogen as a hot dog wiener and Kristen Wiig as a hot dog bun who are in love and yearn for when they are selected by the gods and taken to the hereafter where they can finally be together. After a terrible shopping cart accident, they are separated from their package mates and are left to fend for themselves in the grocery store. They are on a quest to get back ‘home’ but along the way, the wiener decides to find out the truth about the hereafter and what he discovers is horrifying.

This  movie the minds behind ‘Neighbors’ and ‘This Is The End’ ply their skills to the animated film genre and have come up with something that will have your mouth stuck open the entire time. Either from laughing or just in amazement that anyone could think of doing such things to food. Under the cutesy veneer of an animated tale, there is a rather spot on metaphor for religion and faith and how the world’s belief systems work, and clash, with each other. Lots of food puns await, natch. It really is a movie that had me wondering how it could possibly end, which was one reason I wanted to see it. I mean, the characters are food. How could it possibly end well for them? It was like a mix of any R-rated film with Toy Story. At first it seems rather banal and you think the only gag is having cute characters cussing a blue streak, but they delve deep later and there is a real spark of intelligence behind the gags, even the low brow ones. I will say that it is evident that the writers of this film had to have been under the influence of weed while they wrote this thing, because for as many moments of crystal clarity there are, there are moments when you have no idea what the fudge is going on. Needless to say, this movie will make you laugh, even against your better judgment. And be warned, even an R rated animated movie has a song and get this, it was by Alan Menken! Not what I would expect of him, but it goes to show you we all have to blow off a little steam now and then.

Audience: I was surprised once more. The audience was quiet for the whole movie. I don’t get it. Make a movie where a anthropomorphic hot dog may drop an ‘F’ bomb and  the whole room stays quiet to heat it. There was a little chatter behind me, but after a while I was laughing too much to care.