It’s been almost a decade since Matt Damon was involved in the Bourne franchise. The studio tried to move on without him in the spinoff The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner. However, the masses didn’t really seem to care about a Bourne film without Damon as its lead. So after a brief hiatus from the spy game, Matt Damon is back reprising his famous role in the new self titled film Jason Bourne.

This new installment in the franchise is basically a carbon copy of the other sequels in the Bourne series. Jason Bourne is living off the grid working as a street fighter until once again he is dragged back into another government conspiracy involving the CIA. Bourne takes a globetrotting trip full of punches, guns and sabotage to expose the truth while the shady government officials will do what is necessary to stop him from revealing the evil deeds. It’s the same formula as before, except with some new players like Academy Award winners Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander.

You would think in nine years the creators behind Jason Bourne would be able to freshen up this story, but it is the same generic spy thriller plot we’ve come accustomed to with this franchise. There are some action pieces throughout the film including a car chase through Athens that has its moments, but is nothing to write home about. Bourne also fights off numerous agents and assets, but the hand to hand combat is the same quick camera shots and edits we’ve seen before. Jason Bourne has a “been there, done that” feel to the whole movie.

Nothing in Jason Bourne reaches out and grabs you leading up to the spy thriller’s anti-climatic ending. Damon, Vikander and the usual scene stealing Tommy Lee Jones just seem to be going through the motions with their parts. In the cast’s defense, they’re not given much to work with regarding the script or story structure. Jason Bourne is by no means a bad film, it’s just at times the movie seemed like it should have been called Jason Bored, because nothing on-screen suggests fans should be excited Bourne is back.

Overall, I give Jason Bourne 2.5 out of 4 stars. 

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