Everybody knows that there is no industry that can beat a dead horse like the movie industry. They’re making a sequel to Grown Ups, for God’s sake. On a positive note, when they have a good thing, they know it.
So here we have the fourth Bourne film. Our original hero, Jason Bourne, is presumably sipping daiquiris in the tropics; while our new super-spy, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), is left to stick it to The Man.
OK, let’s just cut to the chase here: Aaron is a genetically engineered super-spy trying to free himself from his government tether—and I know you will be shocked to hear that the government, in return, wants him dead. Enter geneticist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), a government scientist who has all the information and knowledge about the super-spy enhancement program and— surprise again—the government wants her dead as well. So handsome Aaron saves beautiful Marta, and together, the two go on the run.
In truth I’m just scratching the surface of the story for two reasons: First, if I really plumbed the depths, this review would be Proustian in length; and second, there are going to be at least two more of these suckers, so a lot of this film is simply setting the stage. In any event, I had very few complaints. Edward Norton delivers what has come to be his standard Oscar-worthy performance, playing the conscienceless G-man. Renner and Weisz are flawless protagonists. The film may get a little cloak-and-dagger extreme at points, but you know what, who cares?
It's an 8.