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It isn't quite as compelling as the earlier trilogy, but The Bourne Legacy proves the franchise has stories left to tell -- and benefits from Jeremy Renner's magnetic work in the starring role. Read critic reviews

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When the actions of Jason Bourne spark a fire that threatens to burn down decades of research across a number of secret intelligence agencies, Eric Byer (Edward Norton), the man who built the programs, decides he must sacrifice one of them: Outcome. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), one of Outcome's six agents, and research scientist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) go on the run when Byer targets them for termination. But Cross proves to be a far deadlier target than Byer realizes.

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Jeremy Renner
Aaron Cross
Rachel Weisz
Dr. Marta Shearing
Oscar Isaac
Outcome No. 3
Joan Allen
Pam Landy
Albert Finney
Dr. Albert Hirsch
Scott Glenn
Ezra Kramer
Tony Gilroy
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Dan Gilroy
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Ben Smith
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Henry Morrison
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Jennifer Fox
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Robert Elswit
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  • Oct 27, 2019
    The story of the assassins trained and enhanced by the CIA continues. A top heavy cast of notables nearly hide that there is less story, less character development than in the Bourne main story, but yet still a better than servicable actioner is delivered. After an attempt on his life Renner competently portrays an agent on the run as the Agency works to "clean up" a telling glitch prior to an official investigation.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2016
    As the 4th Bourne film in the series, 'Legacy' isn't all that inventive or revealing. But as a spy-action-thriller, it's pretty solid. Aaron Cross is hardly as interesting as Bourne, but Renner's charismatic presence is more than enough to get by. In the age of shared universes, Universal decided it was a good idea to make another Bourne film in 2012, after years of trying to get a 4th Damon film off the ground. While the script and direction from Tony Gilroy relies heavily on the same tropes of the series, I can't say it's a film that shouldn't have been made. It should have just deviated from the source material even more than it did. With that said, I like the fact that the film takes place at and around the same time that 'Ultimatum' did. The approach to have Jason Bourne's actions impact Cross' and the rest of the Black Ops agents was a smart one. It's a far better decision than having Renner be the re-casted Bourne. But as Cross, Renner is quite good. I'm not sure he got cast in all of these franchises, but he doesn't seem to disappoint. Renner is complemented by a powerful performance from Rachel Weisz, who plays Cross' former doctor. Much like Bourne and Marie in 'Identity', they have great chemistry together and Weisz thankfully more with her character than what's written on the page. Edward Norton plays the new suspicious C.I.A figure, which has become a classic Bourne trope at this point. Although I think Norton is a good actor, he didn't do anything as Eric Byer that impressed me all that much. With minimal screen time together, it was tough to grapple onto Byer's perusal of Bourne. The action and cinematography are much easier to watch without Greengrass' infamous shaky cam. With that said, there is far less action mixed with a slower pace. The film doesn't really become interesting until 30 or 40 minutes in. In all, The Bourne Legacy largely handcuffs itself and falls into the series tropes too often to be considered on the level that the previous 3 films are. But good performances from its leads and some interesting action makes it a nice cable watch. +Renner & Weisz +Solid action -Handcuffs itself -Falls into the same tropes 7.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2016
    I feel like this movie received a lot of undeserved hatred simply because it didn't include Matt Damon. While it isn't as strong as the trilogy it's based on, The Bourne Legacy is a solid installment in the franchise. Renner is a great protagonist, the supporting cast does well, the music and action are great, and the story is mostly solid. While a bit long, I respect the hell out of the folks behind this risky movie and hope to see more of Aaron Cross going forward.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    A spinoff set during the same time as the third Bourne film, It's a simple plot but very over complicated and a few plot holes make it less enjoyable, Jeremy Renner plays a good part and I'd be more than happy to see him play this role again with the right script but the problem is the action, It was ok but for the running time there was not nearly enough and the film tends to drag, Ok the ending bike chase was pretty good but I'm afraid it can't quite live up to the Matt Damon Bourne movies.
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