Starring: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Riz Ahmed, Julia Stiles, Bill Camp
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
Plot: After bringing his story to a close in Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne (Damon) is back, lured in by a secret that his father may have created Treadstone and had him drafted into the spy program that ruined his life. He’s out for answers… again.
What Works: A talented cast does a good job in their roles. Sure, they’ve all done better, but their performances are fine. The action sequences are well directed, and I’ll give a lot of props to the stunt team on their great work.
What Doesn’t Work: What happened to this franchise? I’d expect this crap if someone other than Greengrass was directing this, but man this is disappointing. Instead of following Bourne around, we seem to spend far too much time following other characters. We don’t get nearly as much of his point of view. On top of one of the most bullshit reasons to extend a franchise, we get minimal Jason Bourne. He’s barely the lead of his own movie. I’d love to see someone actually measure the screentime of Vikander versus the screentime of Damon. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she had more screentime and dialogue. This is one of the biggest disappointments of the year, considering how good The Bourne Ultimatum was. I guess this is an example of some franchises need to stay dead, and we’ve had enough Bourne. We didn’t need this sequel. It doesn’t work. It’s honestly not even as good as The Bourne Legacy.
Final Word: If you loved the first three movies, don’t bother with this one. It’ll ruin how you feel about the franchise, because now there’s this fourth film (not counting Legacy) that isn’t good, and it pulls down the average of the other three. I wish they had just left it alone.
Final Grade: C-