Director: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bource Ultimatum)
Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed
Malaysia Release Date: 28 July 2016
Verdict: Co-screenwriter of the original trilogy Tony Gilroy failed at doing Paul Greengrass' job as the director for Bourne Legacy (2012), now it's director Paul Greengrass' turn to fail at Gilroy's job. With the highly familiar technology-privacy intrusion-Snowden plot added to the same old clinging issues of Bourne's memory and the secretive CIA program he was apart of, Jason Bourne proves to be one of those needless Hollywood film sequels that tries so hard seeking for an organic story continuation and fails miserably. I can't help but to yawn a few times. What a waste of great performances by the cast and the trademark gritty, shaky-cam action that Greengrass does so well. Zero rewatchability. But hey, at least it's not as bad as Bourne Legacy. Anyone still remember that one?
What I would've named the film: Bourne Mid-Life Crisis
Second opinion: (Sorry, none this time. Watched these two films alone.)
Malaysian censorship: Classified as '18' here, all the gun violence and ass-kicking are left intact.
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious films)
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba
Malaysia Release Date: 21 July 2016
Verdict: Although the previous instalment was entertaining with a far better developed villain, Star Trek Beyond is one that actually progresses the story and characters of this film series while utilising the main characters more evenly. With the stakes jacked up within the first act where there's real loss and possible deaths, the film becomes this highly engaging, action-packed space adventure with fun and humourous variety of personalities. Think Fast & Furious by director Justin Lin and Mission: Impossible in space co-written by Simon Pegg, ignoring physics accuracy.
What I would've named the film: Star Trek Furious Impossible
Malaysian censorship: I didn't notice any awkward jumps.
Rating: 4 / 5
* In respect to the passing of Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, no meme was created for this review.
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