The Bourne Legacy (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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
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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
David Wilson Barnes
as Drone Spec.
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
Christopher Mann
as Lab Guard
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
Rachel Black
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
John Arcilla
as Joseph
Josh Banks
as Mackie's Assistant
Allen Jo
as Guard
Jon Valera
as Guard
Carl Villa Roman
as Sterival Catwalk Guard
Ruby Ruiz
as Philippine Pharmacist
Cherry Devera
as Crisis Translator
Sonny Tuazon
as Manila Cop
Normandy Bacaltos
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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Critic Reviews for The Bourne Legacy

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (44)

(Renner) has the required intensity and physicality to make his character-a highly-trained, genetically enhanced undercover agent-completely believable.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Top Critic

Shares crucial DNA with the earlier films but is drawn from the shallower end of the gene pool.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Perhaps the most interesting question arising from The Bourne Legacy is just how long the filmmakers hope to trade on the Bourne name without any, you know, Bourne.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Renner and Weisz work well together as two hunted souls who initially need each other for utilitarian reasons.

August 10, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

Gilroy's a fine writer - he also penned Michael Clayton - but without the discipline of an action veteran like Greengrass to rein him in, he indulges his weakness to over-explain things.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's twists and turns and nothing else. And fast and furious as it may be, if this is the best this once-smart series has to offer, this is no legacy.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bourne Legacy


A pathetic and useless follow-up to an excellent trilogy, making us follow another fugitive guy while Jason Bourne is only mentioned but never appears. Besides, apart from a few efficient scenes, it is mostly confusing and tedious, especially in its uninspired chase scenes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An interesting addition to the series which runs concurrent with the last film time wise. The plot is starting to get stretched a bit thin now though, I liked the original films gritty realistic feel. Overall I think it was a bit hyped up and the ending was a bit sudden, not what I was hoping for but still a good action film.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

The Bourne Legacy looks and feels like another entry in the well liked series, but is missing the interesting characters and revelations that made the trilogy a massive hit in the last decade. Jeremy Renner is a fine actor and does well in the role of Aaron Cross, but the character itself is not as interesting as Jason Bourne and Matt Damon's magnetic portrayal which pushed it over the top. It was all about uncovering past mysteries before and it was genuinely compelling and well-crafted storytelling, but this entry is perfectly content to recycle material and deliver a mediocre story that doesn't have the push of past entries. Honestly, not much happens in this film in terms of the overall plot arc and the future is up in the air on whether or not we will ever get a sequel, which makes the non-ending of this film even more anti-climactic. The supporting characters also are not as compelling as the series past. Edward Norton plays a bland "villain" in this, despite also being an excellent actor, and Rachel Weisz is mostly wasted in the damsel in distress role. David Strathairn is certainly missed. The one criticism levied towards the original trilogy was the camerawork, which was mostly shaky-cam to add intensity, but some people complained they couldn't tell what was going on. I disagreed with this and thought it added a level of visceral satisfaction to the films. Legacy pretty much does away with them. It's a much more straightforward approach, adding to the blandness. There are some good things, mostly some excellent scenery and cinematography towards the beginning and some good action sequences. It is still Bourne, after all. The film itself is decently paced and can be entertaining, but it's a second rate version of the original films.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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