"Star Trek Beyond", "Jason Bourne", and "Suicide Squad" | Recent Movie Reviews

Dear Hollywood, we need to talk about the movie situation this summer. This has to be one of my most disappointing summers, as far as blockbusters go. I was looking forward to all three of these films, and all of them ended up letting me down. In case you didn't see these reviews on my channel, you can check them out below!


STAR TREK BEYOND

Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Runtime: 2 hr. 2 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13

When I first heard Justin Lin was directing a Star Trek film, I had some very natural concerns. When I saw the first trailer, I was convinced this was going to turn out to be The Fast and the Furious in space. Well, though this seems to be somewhat of an unpopular opinion, Star Trek Beyond did not prove me wrong—tons of action and close call saves, a questionable villain, minimal character development. I'm sad to say that Star Trek is officially more action rather than science fiction, at least at the moment.


JASON BOURNE

Genre: Action
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are back, but this installment in the Bourne franchise is far from great. Many of us hold the franchise to a higher standard than most spy action thrillers out there—the original trilogy is one of the best in the genre, and it actually introduced a new style of action. Jason Bourne however is a pretty average action flick—it's reasonably entertaining, doesn't really stand out, and feels somewhat uninspired. For your regular summer action movie that may be acceptable, but for Jason Bourne it's definitely disappointing, and sadly, it's the weakest film in the franchise. 


SUICIDE SQUAD

Genre: Action
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Suicide Squad had a lot going for it between David Ayer writing and directing, the impressive cast, the promising trailers, and the concept that seemed to stand out from your usual superhero movies. Unfortunately, it ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the summer, and generally one of the worst major films of the year. No amount of charisma from Will Smith and Margot Robbie could hold this messy story and choppy editing together.