I knew how this one would end before it began. Screechy repeated musical notes and Matt Damon fading into a crowd after having eluded capture yet again. I don’t even consider that a spoiler, which surely means this is a tired franchise overdue to be retired. It makes me sad we’ve gotten to this point with Bourne when initially these movies felt like a revitalization of the secret agent genre. Now, the James Bond franchise is the vibrant one and Bourne is the one that’s just regurgitating what has come before.
That’s the most damning criticism I can make. Jason Bourne is point-by-point the exact same movie we’ve seen four times previously from this team. This is not a case of a poorly executed movie or a badly acted one. It’s far worse. This is like if CCR’s John Fogerty had plagarized a song he wrote himself, only without any possibility of a similarly bizarre yet logical lawsuit on the horizon. So there’s not even an intellectually appealing consequence to be found here. Even if you liked the other movies I can’t recommend this one, because it offers absolutely nothing new.
The only interesting thing about this movie is to wonder whether Matt Damon looks more bored here or in The Great Wall (China’s latest attempt to break into the North American box office). I’m not sure and I’m not at all looking forward to finding out.
Jason Bourne gets a score of don’t even bother out of ten.