Five shots and you’re out for the once-vital Bourne franchise. The earth has cooled quite a bit since Matt Damon last played the eponymous deceived-and-abandoned national intelligence asset (The Bourne Ultimatum, 2007). Here, in Damon’s fourth go-round and the third for director Paul Greengrass, the tough-but-bewildered spy seems to be going around in circles, dodging his deceitful CIA master (Tommy Lee Jones) while playing footsy with a friendly (or so it seems) CIA colleague, played byAlicia Vikander. While waiting for the predictably sequel-happy finale, Bourne does a lot of punching, shooting, running, jumping etc., with no relief in sight. We grow weary, and Damon and Greengrass seem to, as well. Actor Vincent Cassel is the best thing about this, as an assassin. Screenplay by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse, based on novelist Robert Ludlum’s characters (123 min.).
Director: Paul Greengrass
Producer: Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Gregory Goodman, Henry Morrison, Christopher Rouse, Jennifer Todd and Doug Liman
Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Riz Ahmed, Ato Essandoh, Scott Shepherd, Bill Camp, Vinzenz Kiefer, Stephen Kunken, Ben Stylianou, Kaya Yuzuki and Gregg Henry