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Matt Damon.
Matt Damon.PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Denzel Washington (second from right), Chris Pratt (far right), Ethan Hawke and South Korean star Lee ByungHun (far left).
Denzel Washington (second from right), Chris Pratt (far right), Ethan Hawke and South Korean star Lee ByungHun (far left).PHOTO: YOUTUBE

JASON BOURNE

"Why would he come back now?" asks Tommy Lee Jones as the new honcho of the idiot-filled CIA in this action-thriller movie franchise.

We are asking the same question: Why is Matt Damon returning for his fourth flick as rogue agent Jason Bourne? We thought he'd already cashed in his goodbye cheque in 2007's The Bourne Retirement, sorry, Ultimatum.

Well, how about this? Damon, 45, still has the A-list chops to bust skulls, break bones and blow up stuff.

Apparently, he's still hung up about something his on-off memory tells him in this international thriller. He's either been set up, played, betrayed or ding dong-ed around like a yo-yo by the CIA, NSA, McDonalds, Starbucks, whatever.

What a return to Earth from Mars. Damon just doesn't get a break.


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Beseeched by an attractive damsel in distress (Hardcore Henry's Haley Bennett), seven heavily outnumbered cowboy do-gooders help a town terrorised by a murderous bunch of bullies.

The first M7 was a 1960 classic starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, among others. This remake by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, 2001) corrals, among others, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and South Korean star Lee Byung Hun, who is likely confused by the small number of his gang here as the girl pop groups in his country regularly feature way more than seven members.

The trailer focuses primarily on stern boss man Washington and jolly funnyman Pratt, and both of them have a chemistry that suggests they could well be getting ready for a Lethal Weapon reboot too.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe