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New on DVD: ‘Jason Bourne’ doesn’t add much to the series

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WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF
For Digital First Media

As a disposable time-waster, you could do worse than “Jason Bourne” (2016, Universal, PG-13, $28), the fourth installment of the series about an amnesiac ex-CIA agent (Matt Damon) eager to solve the mystery of his memory-wipe. But you could do a lot better too.
Get ready for a bunch of perfunctory chase scenes involving the reigning CIA director (Tommy Lee Jones) and his operatives (Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel) pursuing Bourne through Athens, Berlin, London and Las Vegas. Director Paul Greenglass tries to make you think he cares about the tacked-on theme of personal freedom vs. public safety. But, in fact, “Jason Bourne” reduces the beloved spy saga to its crudest elements. Extras: featurettes.
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