Bourne to run.
Nine years after The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are reunited with hopes of saving us from a dull summer at the movies. That last film successfully resolved Jason Bourne's identity crisis and sent him off the grid.
Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) pull Bourne (Matt Damon) back on, ten years later, only to discover that he's still wrestling similar childhood issues and mightily regretting his career choice. All I can think about is how many people keep dying over this one-dimensional guy's ongoing identity crisis.
Most of them die in fast, blurry action sequences, a Greengrass hallmark that is used here to make the audience feel like something exciting is happening. Some of them die under the leadership of Tommy Lee Jones' character who does add genuine excitement to some of the many chase scenes. Those scenes almost made this flick worth ten bucks, but this sequel needed a smarter story to root for.
Simply put: The Bourne Ultimatum closed out the series' arc so well that there's not much story left to tell.
Award potential: It's in the running for the film with the most running, but that's it.
The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.