Another Bourne, another lifeless vehicle for Matt Damon’s non-character.
For an actor of Matt Damon’s charisma, one could hardly conceive a worse ‘iconic role’ than Jason Bourne, the colourless CIA goon who has sprinted and flung his way through a trilogy of messy thrillers, and now a fourth instalment, uttering barely any dialogue and forming little-to-no human connection with the surrounding characters.
Jason Bourne, in which Damon reunites with Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass (whose talents are wasted on this franchise), adds a post-Snowden element of cyber-suspense to proceedings, as Bourne goes on the run from… some people… from the CIA… who want to arrest him… or maybe kill him?
The story of this film is extremely hard to follow: Damon rarely speaks, and those who are handed exposition by the script (namely Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones) are so inaudible the information goes unexposed. A subplot involving Riz Ahmed (who sadly doesn’t share any scenes with his Night Of co-star Bill Camp) as an app developer is reasonably engaging, and at the centre is an undeniably inventive Athens motorcycle chase, but the stakes of everything Bourne does are so utterly low, it’s extremely difficult to care about his fate.
Ultimately, the four Bournes could easily focus on four different Matt Damon characters and few viewers would notice.