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15Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne

The Jason Bourne series is one of modern cinema’s most popular and acclaimed franchises, thanks to great practical action sequences, political intrigue, and Matt Damon’s most iconic and enduring role. So it was a bummer for fans when he sat out The Bourne Legacy, the fourth

entry in the series, featuring Jeremy Renner as his replacement.

So his return for 2016’s Jason Bourne (which also featured the return of Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass) drummed up huge interest and excitement, and made for a solid box office hit in a summer when many blockbusters underperformed. But why was there such a lack of word of mouth or critical acclaim?

The truth is that while it was a decent action picture, it lacked the depth and character development work that had made the original series so memorable. In fact, it’s hard to recall anything in Jason Bourne that raises the bar for the franchise. Pretty lackluster for a near decade wait. Better luck next time?

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