You have no idea who you’re dealing with. This July, Matt Damon is #JasonBourne.
Movie lovers in China aren’t smiling after watching a disappointing Jason Bourne, the new 3-D movie released by Universal Pictures. In fact, the film is far from being national, but somewhere close to local. There’s no way that shaky-cam brought into the mix isn’t going to make one nauseous–people got sick at the cinemas.
Image: Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne, the fifth in Matt Damon’s action franchise, debuted in Chinese theaters last weekend.
A review from Best Movies described the new film as “a story badly told”.
“Halfway through the 30 second clip, a man is shown firing an explosive at Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), who is racing through the city on a motorcycle with Nicky (Julia Stiles).
“After the shot is fired, Nicky is blown off of the back of the motorcycle. The camera then cuts to Bourne, who is crouching behind the motorcycle and looking off into the distance in disbelief.
“While Nicky doesn’t make an appearance in the second half of the new clip, the TV spot could easily be a product of good editing.
“What if the shot fired in the TV spot isn’t actually the reason Nicky is blown off the bike? Studios are known for manipulative editing in promotional material.”
Most Chinese frequent cinemas every week and they know good movies when they see it. Some complained after watching Jason Bourne that it made them ill. An apparent lack of quality and creativity.
One said: “Universal Pictures should go fool someone somewhere else.”
Other outraged fans are yet to calm down after experiencing the alleged bombshell spoiler in the new footage.
“The video, which was shared on Twitter by the movie’s official account, appears to expose a major death in the next chapter of the Bourne franchise,” EW wrote.
According to a user named azooombie on the social media service Weibo: “I really felt sick during the fight scenes when I watched it in 3D. It was like a low-budget movie. I need to watch again in 2D.”
Another user wrote, “There were a line of people throwing up in the restroom of the cinema I went to yesterday…I’m not exaggerating.”
The movie sparked series of protests around China because viewers seem to have problems with the higher-priced but in-demand 3-D screening.
According to a report on Global Times, a protest was organized in Beijing’s Chaoyang district to demand refunds, while asserting that only eight of the city’s 149 theaters were screening Jason Bourne in 2-D.
The China division of Universal Pictures released a statement on Weibo, according to reports, stating they are working with local distributors to add more 2-D screenings.
Liu Hui from Beijing’s UME Cineplex also promised either to add more 2-D options or replace the 3-D ones, according to an EW report.
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Dark Horizons admitted that ‘Reviews for “Jason Bourne” have also been problematic, sitting only slightly above the previous Damon-less entry “The Bourne Legacy” on critical aggregation sites.
‘The action and acting has been praised, but the reliance on formula and scripting has been criticized – it effectively does what it says on the tin, and nothing more.’
But there’re still some people out there with good reviews and better advice for other fans who may not be truly sure of how they feel about Jason Bourne.
lehai0609 wrote: This Jason Bourne movie is still a great one and does deserve your hard earned money for a weekend night out.
Most of the critics comes from a “comparison” with previous movie and I don’t think that’s a good way to do critic for a movie.
Indeed, every movies should be viewed independently and criticized on its own.
“Jason Bourne” is a great action movie on its own but every critics are now taking it along with previous trilogy and making it worse than it should be. Don’t follow them, try to make a judgement by yourself. Bond has lived up for over 40 years. We need Bourne as a counter approach for doing PROPER action movie.
Image shows Matt Damon on the set of Jason Bourne.
“If you’re the sort of person who can turn their brain off for two hours and watch wall-to-wall action and explosions, then this film will have you in dreamland.”