Hey, after spending a movie talking to himself, Matt Damon needs a break. Potato farming is that tedious. Trust me on that one. I didn’t do it on Mars, but my parents thought it was a brilliant idea to have a few rows of potatoes. Don’t judge. We had just moved to Alabama…
Matt Damon is back in the latest installment of Jason Bourne and only has to remember 25 lines and a whole lot of ass kicking. My kind of movie. Minus the random character in each one screaming ‘My God. That’s Jason Bourne.’ Pretty sure facial recognition popped up for us fella, but we appreciate the sentiment.
The news comes from a Guardian profile that expounded on why Bourne is a man of few words in this installment. It turns out it wasn’t The Martian weighing on him but a joint decision.
Well, I’ve done it three times. In the first movie, the Marie Kreutz character is still alive, so Bourne has a sounding board, and he’s more confused about who he is and a lot more chatty. Once she dies in the first act of the second movie, it’s really a very lonely character. And we talked about that mostly on the second one. I remember [screenwriter] Tony [Gilroy] writing me an email saying, ‘You do realize what this means? You do realize you’re not going to talk in this movie.’ I said, ‘No, I love that.’”
It works to great effect in the Bourne series because we always have someone at the CIA screaming at a monitor. What’s Bourne thinking? What’s his next movie? If the CIA used history as a guidepost, they’d know Bourne is more than a little pissed off and generally likes to wreck their day.
No Talking, Better Movie?
One movie immediately springs to mind where the hero barely speaks. Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Arnold clocked in 700 words over the 137-minute runtime. It worked out to $21,429 per word. Not a bad rate.
Want to be horrified at what no dialogue can do? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Someone was smart enough to know Henry Cavill’s Superman needed only 43 lines of dialogue in the movie. That same someone should have realized Lex Luthor needed the same treatment. Actually, turn it all over to Ben Affleck…
Luckily, Matt Damon can pull off the limited dialogue. We are in the seats for one reason on Bourne sequels. Action. With a side of action.