The Bourne Legacy

2012

The Bourne Legacy

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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.

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The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles. -- (C) Universal

Cast

Jeremy Renner
as Aaron Cross
Edward Norton
as Retired Col. Eric Byer, USAF
Rachel Weisz
as Dr. Marta Shearing
Joan Allen
as Pam Landy
Albert Finney
as Dr. Albert Hirsch
Stacy Keach
as Retired Adm. Mark Turso, USN
Scott Glenn
as Ezra Kramer
Oscar Isaac
as Outcome #3
David Strathairn
as Noah Vosen
Donna Murphy
as Dita Mandy
Michael Chernus
as Arthur Ingram
Corey Stoll
as Zev Vendel
Alice Gainer
as Lean Forward MSNBC Anchor
Prue Lewarne
as CNN Reporter
Howard Leader
as MSNBC Man Analyst
James Joseph O'Neil
as Sterisyn-Morlanta Gateman
Tony Guida
as Dr. Benezara
Sonnie Brown
as Dr. Lieberburg
Neil Brooks Cunningham
as Dr. Dan Hillcott
Zeljko Ivanek
as Dr. Donald Foite
Rob Riley
as Outcome #6
Noel Wilson
as Neuro Luncheon MC
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Terrence Ward
Corey Johnson
as Ray Wills
Jennifer Kim
as Outcome #4
Page Leong
as Mrs. Yun
John Douglas Thompson
as Lt. Gen. Paulsen
Adi Hanash
as Outcome #1
Robert Prescott
as Air Force Officer
Don Guillory
as Drone Pilot
Patrick Vincent Marro
as Drone Command Guard
Ali Farahnakian
as Dr. Talwar
Gita Reddy
as Dr. Chandra
Tom Riis Farrell
as Blue Lab Doctor
Steve Routman
as Blue Lab Doctor
Peter Barent Lewis
as Blue Lab Doctor
Anitha Gandhi
as Blue Lab Doctor
Heather Lupton Rasche
as Blue Lab Doctor
Natalie Bird
as Blue Lab Doctor
Nilaja Sun Gordon
as Blue Lab Doctor
Billy Smith
as Lab Guard
Murray Knudsen
as Alaska Airport Guard
Susan Egbert
as DIA Attorney
Tim Devitt
as FBI Honcho
Brian Poteat
as State Investigator
Elizabeth Marvel
as Dr. Connie Dowd
David Leitch
as The Driver
Deidre Goodwin
as Candent Spokesperson
Laura Spaeth
as Walking Woman
Sam Gilroy
as C-Team
Frank Deal
as C-Team
Rob Yang
as C-Team
Matt Oberg
as C-Team
Pat Battle
as MSNBC Anchor
Nico Bernuth
as Flight Attendant
Jane Jameston
as Flight Attendant
Roland Manansala
as Steri-M Guard
Josh Banks
as Mackie's Assistant
Allen Jo
as Guard
Carl Villa Roman
as Sterival Catwalk Guard
Ruby Ruiz
as Philippine Pharmacist
Cherry Devera
as Crisis Translator
Sonny Tuazon
as Manila Cop
Edgar Letran
as Manila Cop
Alvin Zalamea
as Manila Cop
Spencer Sano
as Manila Cop
Julie R. Ysla
as Woman with the Bag
Joel Torre
as Citrus Samaritan
Hermie Concepcion
as Pissed-Off Guy
Arthur Acuna
as Manila Driver
Adrian Talinga
as Captain's Son
Lou Veloso
as Captain
Ian Blackman
as Landy's Attorney
Jodi Applegate Kay
as Landy Reporter
Tony Carlin
as Landy Reporter
Karen Pittman
as Landy Reporter
Ana Berry
as Landy Reporter
Matthew Walters
as Landy Reporter
Brian O'Neill
as Landy Reporter
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Audience Reviews for The Bourne Legacy

  • 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.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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