The film's cast also features the return of Julia Stiles as former support technician Nicky Parsons, who has a long history with Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal of director Robert Dewey is decent; he plays the role required in this movie, and that is of the stubborn, old and manipulative action movie villain.
"We love (Bourne) just as much as everybody else", Damon says, "and we were leery of putting the cart before the horse and making another Bourne movie before we were ready with a good story-it was a case of waiting for the world to change a bit".
When push comes to shove, things come to blows between Jason Bourne and the poor, unfortunate chaps who cross his path.
Frequent Greengrass collaborator, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, gets his first shot at a Bourne film, with the editor of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, Christopher Rouse, now co-writing alongside the director. And lest we forget, there's a wunderkind Central Intelligence Agency analyst (Alicia Vikander) who is determined to bring Bourne in but whose allegiances begin to waver.
"Personally, the role really was a huge shift in my career and I'd never done an action movie before The Bourne Identity and nobody knew me as an actor who would be in an action movie", said Matt. There is also a lot of repetitious dialogue - "you don't know who you're dealing with", "this ends here/tonight" - that is formulaic nearly to the point of parody.
As for the action, you're either with Greengrass or against him at this point. And in this supercut from the franchise - which gears up for the arrival of its latest action-packed outing, Jason Bourne - the stealth mercenary pulls no punches.
Paul Greengrass' The Bourne Ultimatum is not just a great movie, but a fantastic end to an awesome trilogy.
[I] t's a testament to the hurtling sense of objective at the heart of this visceral, uncompromising fifth instalment in the spy franchise that, as everyone's favourite amnesiac assassin brings his brand of improvised chaos to Las Vegas, you find you've completely forgotten why he had to go away in the first place... Bigger in the way it bashes you over the head with its major action set pieces, and smaller in the way it does nothing to advance this character or his story in an organic or fresh manner. After this one, however, I'm calling next for The Bourne Moratorium.
Jason Bourne is in theaters this Friday, July 29.