A uniquely internally-focused superhero movie (following the superhero seeking to get rid of his destructive power) up until the standard and eye-rolling ending in which he embraces his power in a mediocre fight/destruction scene. It’s an abrupt and disappointing switch, and nearly crushes Norton’s captivating and mature performance that was already struggling amidst weak supporting characters to hold the weight of the film’s premise by itself. Good potential is only partially realized here.
The slow and brooding nature of the movie is in itself attractive, but it drags down the film when paired with a plot that is consistently difficult to latch onto. Damon is excellent, and his character’s uncomfortable family drama provides some engaging moments, but the central CIA birth-story fails to connect on a character level (despite a good cast) or a story level (despite an intriguing premise), making the film a chore to get through, especially considering its lengthy run time.