TL;DR – A film full of everything I should love in cinema, but it felt hollow and more than a bit mean.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
The Comeback Trail Review –
There are times when you watch a film, there are certain aspects of cinema that start to stand out, and one of them is that Hollywood loves stories about Hollywood. They love films about films being made like in Dolemite Is My Name, films about washed-up actors like in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, even better films about Hollywood coming into rescue everyone like in Argo. Today we get a film that falls into this category but unfortunately fails at nearly every point.
So to set the scene, uncle Max Barber (Robert De Niro) and nephew Walter Creason (Zach Braff) are movie producers … and not very good ones at that. With their latest film about sexy mob Nuns being protested by the Catholic Church. The issue is that Walter borrowed $350,000 from local mobster Reggie Fontaine (Morgan Freeman) who is now VERY concerned that he is not going to see his money back. On a short timeframe to get all the money back, Walter gets the idea for a scam after tragedy strikes the production of fellow producer James ‘Jimmy’ Moore (Emile Hirsch). He hires a washed-up Western actor Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) in his next film, dumps a lot of insurance on him, and then waits for the money to come rolling in.
TL;DR – A stunning film exploring the world of one man as it all falls apart around him
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Goodness, it has been a while since I have watched a film quite like this. Where
we dive straight into the mind of one character and follow their drive through
a slowly deteriorating experience. I think the last film that I watched that
was able to pull this off was Arrival
and you get hints of that here as well. With that in mind, let’s dive into a
murky world of space exploration and the legacy/damage of our parents.
So to set the scene, we open in the near future where humankind has made their
first steps into the solar system. One of the main drives is to find out if there
is any other intelligent life out there in the universe but of course like all
things mining and profit are not far behind. Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is
working on the large space antenna that goes all the way up into
low-Earth-orbit when a cosmic storm hits and he is thrown from the structure. Landing
thanks to a parachute he is taken to Space Command Headquarters where he finds
out that his long lost dad Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones) might be alive and might
also be the one behind the surge that has killed 40,000 people and climbing. So
Roy hops on a rocket for the Moon only to discover not all is what it seems.
TL;DR – This movie is everything you have come to expect from a Jason Bourne film, but that means all the good and the bad is here.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have to say before we start that the original Bourne Trilogy (Identity, Supremacy & Ultimatum) is probably one of my favourite trilogies of all time, for me I put it up there with the original Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. The follow-up Legacy had some interesting ideas but it lacked the style and understanding of the previous films, and it felt like they had just inserted the Bourne universe into an original IP. So given how high my impression of the first films was, and how low the follow up was, I was preparing myself for this iteration to be a train wreck, but thankfully it’s not. For me, it is everything the old Bourne’s were, however, the last of those films were made almost 10 years ago, and that is a bit of the problem if you are just doing the same thing over again.