Of the cohort of boyish leading actors we’ve spent the last decade waiting to see turn into men, Matt Damon is the most surprising. For someone blessed with all-American good looks and a brash, winning grin, he can be surprisingly inward, repressed, or weird-or, as in the Jason Bourne trilogy, haunted and violent. Maybe such ambiguities suit the American character at this particular moment, when our sunny and dark sides seem to run so...
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