The Bourne Legacy

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (IMDB)

Writer:  Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy
Director:  Tony Gilroy
Stars:    Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Run time/Rating:  135 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter

The Bourne Legacy substitutes the main character to follow one of the other “super men” in the CIA special ops program that we have been introduced to in the first three films but I would argue that the production kept the most important part around.  Tony Gilroy, who inked the screenplay for all three previous “Bournes” comes back to write this interesting tangent-reboot to his blockbuster series.  With Legacy, he not only writes it but for the first time in the series, and only the 3rd time in his career, gets behind the camera and directs the action as well, quite honorably with a very similar feel to the first three.  I felt, despite the series going in an obviously new direction that it stayed true to what made it great; Interesting stories with insights to a government program that for all we know could exist in reality, above average acting for the genre along with precise action, fighting and car chase scenes.

Jeremy Renner was very good as physically and mentally enhanced Aaron Cross who finds himself in a battle for his life after the government is forced to shut down the program that he, Jason Bourne and we find out others have been a part of.  All of the agents throughout the years in the program have been supplemented with a green and a blue pill, green to give them heightened physical strength, stamina and durability, the blue to give them heightened mental abilities.  Aaron tracks down a former Dr. of his who has adminitered him the medicine in the past so that he can keep his heightened abilities and stay alive. This introduces Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing and a cross global escape and chase.

The movie has a slow development taking a while to introduce what we are actually sitting down to watch.  Jeremy Renner, without a doubt is not given the challenge of his career in a role that requires more physicality than true acting chops and that is unfortunate when a talent like his isn’t maximized.  I also missed a bit of one on one combat fighting that we have been given so much of with Jason Bourne.  And finally, despite being just a bit too long in general, the movie closes quite abruptly and very obviously leaving many opportunities for continued stories.  If all you are looking for is a comparison to the first three, it is not quite as good, certainly not as good as the first two.  But with retreads that is pretty much expected.  I would recommend it above many others as a blockbuster action flick for a quick one night rental.

Medium Popcorn with Butter. 

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