I REALLY liked the 3 earlier Bourne movies, so decided to check this new one out yesterday (w/ a movie Meetup group). Matt Damon is such a strong presence in those films! Also, I had never seen Jeremy Renner’s acting; he plays Black Special Ops agent Aaron Cross- the lead in this installment. Aaron is joined by the medical doctor who’s been enhancing his mental/physical abilities, Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). Not to give things away, but Aaron and Marta end up being targeted by the CIA.
I was NOT impressed, aside from the interesting opener in Alaska and the (running/motorcycle) action scenes in the last 25% of the film. These were shot in the crowded metro/slum areas of Manila, Phillipines. The film took time to get started, which I expected. I was looking for a LOT more character development! What’s up w/ Edward Norton’s character? (He has history w/ Aaron.)
Without a doubt, good dialogue and character chemistry are needed for a successful film. Unfortunately, I saw ZERO chemistry between Renner and Weisz. (This is NOT unusual; many capable actors don’t have screen chemistry w/ each other.) You can skip this movie.