Can you imagine the Bourne series without Matt Damon? Although the first one in the series was more focused on action, everything changed with the arrival of Paul Greengrass. The series became edgier while conveying the pathos of Jason Bourne without getting overly dramatic. So when the new one was announced, I was skeptical. Jeremy Renner is a rising star and also can emote. But is he a good choice? Luckily for all us, he is not enacting Jason Bourne. That is a relief and it is the only relief.
Jeremy Renner plays Aaron Cross. Aaron Cross resembles Jason Bourne in many ways. He is also part of the government's efforts in building super soldiers. But when Jason Bourne creates havoc in Moscow and arrives in USA, CIA officials are in a panic. In order to control the damage, Eric Byer(Edward Norton) steps in. His solution is simple. Remove all traces of the existing programs as the necessary know-how of these programs are secure. The government agencies can restart these programs with little efforts at a later date. But an unexpecting Aaron Cross narrowly escapes the assassination attempt. He is on the run now. In order to escape from his enemies, Aaron saves and enlists the help of a geneticist Dr Marta Shearing(Rachel Weisz).
Tony Gilroy directs the latest installment of the Bourne series. Tony has a big shoes to fill as Paul Greengrass redefined the Bourne series with shaky camera and never-ending action sequences. Unfortunately, Tony leaves doesn't match up to his predecessor. As a result, we end up squirming in the seat for either the story to take off or exciting action sequences. The movie contains a few good action pieces. But when it appears on screen, you are already bored to death with monotony of the movie. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz tries to infuse enthusiasm into this doomed enterprise. But with an insipid script and a very slow pace, there is nothing anyone can do to salvage this movie.
Stay away from this.