Movies reviewed this week: Jason Bourne, The Conjuring 2, Star Trek Beyond and Bollywatch: Dishoom
An in-form Matt Damon returns to the title role in this gritty, hi-tech spy action thriller that seems to take on more of a personal journey than its predecessors in the franchise.
Ten years have passed since the amnesiac former CIA assassin Jason Bourne went off grid but he’s tracked down by former colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) who finds him scratching out a brutal living as a bare-knuckle fighter in Greece.
What ensues is a high-speed, cat-and-mouse game that takes us through an emotionally-charged wave of austerity protests in Athens, and speeding through the streets of London, Rome and Las Vegas in a bid to combat the frightening spectre of cyber warfare as another CIA killer closes in on Bourne.
Of course, the franchise is based on thriller writer Robert Ludlow’s Jason Bourne trilogy – The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. But this latest action-packed sequel is firmly entrenched in the 21st century, with numerous nods towards Edward Snowden and a character based on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Interestingly, Damon only has about 25 lines in the entire film, which director Paul Greengrass says was deliberate as Bourne had become increasingly isolated, cementing him literally as the strong, silent type whose actions speak louder than words. A definite must-see.
Review by Felicity Glover
The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2 is a chilling movie based on the 1977 true story known as the “Enfield Poltergeist” – supposedly the UK’s answer to The Amityville Horror in the US. This sequel sees paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) head to Enfield in the UK to help a single mother of four children, Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor), who claims there are demonic spirits in their council house. As the poltergeist activity worsens and the family comes under serious threat, it’s up to Ed and Lorraine to protect them. A classic edge-of-your-seat horror movie with some great special effects.
Star Trek Beyond
Beam me up, Scotty! “Trekkie” fans will be delighted to hear that the next instalment of the Star Trek franchise is out. This time, a badly-damaged Starship Enterprise, which came under attack by evil dictator Krall (Idris Elba), has been forced to land on a hostile plant, leaving the crew to battle an alien race intent on destroying them. Starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, the movie stays true to the brand, and hard-core fans should have no complaints, hopefully going where no Trekkie has gone before.
Any Bollywood movie that combines song and dance, a touch of comedy and a cricketing backstory is sure to be a hit – and Dishoom doesn’t disappoint.
When India’s star batsman Viraj (Saqib Saleem) is kidnapped shortly before an important match against Pakistan, two special agents – Kabir (John Abraham) and Junaid (Varun Dhawan) – have just 36 hours to track him down. What follows is a race against time to find Vijay and put India back on track as the favourites to beat Pakistan.
Filmed against the backdrop of Abu Dhabi, Dishoom is directed by Rohit Dhawan and also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, while action superstar Akshay Kumar makes a special appearance.