Originally Posted by Closet Geek
Could you please clarify your comment? Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross are two separate individuals with two separate stories so I'm not following how there is a disadvantage.
I already explained it but for some reason you elided my explanation from your post. For your convenience, here it is again:
I continue to believe that what most sets apart the Matt Damon Bourne films was Jason Bourne's anguish over his memory loss and, later, the murder of his lover Marie. Unfortunately for Jeremy Renner, his Aaron Cross, while facing incredible danger, doesn't find himself confused and depressed. Jason Bourne's loss placed Renner at a significant disadvantage in his portrayal of Aaron Cross."
In short, Matt Damon's absence from Bourne 4, meant that the writers had to write with one hand tied behind their backs because Aaron Cross, the character, is neither as interesting nor as sympathetic as Ludlum and Damon's Jason Bourne. That wasn't Renner's fault but there it is. Anyway, I thought that Renner did a fine job portraying the comparatively one dimensional character he was given by the writers.