Bourne again and again and ...

Matt Damon returns as the title character in the simply titled “Jason Bourne.” All of these flicks have been solid, save for the one “The Bourne Legacy” (2012) wherein his role was nonexistent. The spy was Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, who did a decent, albeit unimpressive, tour of duty.

With what will probably be an end to the franchise, “Jason Bourne” does what it’s supposed to do in wrapping up all the refuse from earlier chapters and cramming it down our throats. 

Whereas all of the previous entries had a couple of heavies in the cast who were just tolerated as a way for our hero to get home at the end of the day. 

Tommy Lee Jones shows up as a heavy hitter working for the government in his role as CIA head Robert Dewey.  His part invokes memories of his Oscar-winning role as Samuel Gerard in Andrew Davis’ update of “The Fugitive” back when Harrison Ford was still on the top of his game. 

Also returning to the storyline is Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons.  She aids Bourne while overseas in what becomes a major quagmire for both.

New to the mix is recent Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). Her role of Heather Lee, a CIA operative, plays a key part in aiding Damon’s Bourne throughout the story. 

Director co-writer Paula Greengrass’ story shifts to different locationsaround the globe. The early stage is set in the Middle East and London before shifting to New York City and Las Vegas. 

Never in recent memory, save for the part in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer,” have I witnessed such an ice cold killer and assassin in Vincent Cassel’s persona known only as Asset.   He is a cold-blooded killer who takes out a person for just getting in the way. Nothing premeditated in his plans; just sheer convenience.                      

I would not mind if they continued this series, but I have a feeling that when the studios see the bottom line, this might be Jason Bourne’s last trek into the unknown.  

Grade: B

—Ricky Miller