The Bourne Legacy

2012

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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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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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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Critic Reviews for The Bourne Legacy

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (43)

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

Aug 24, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Aug 14, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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.

Aug 10, 2012 | Full Review…

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

Aug 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

Aug 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Bourne Legacy

½

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

Bourne series scripter Tony Gilroy steps into the director's chair for this sidequel that takes the ideas from the previous films, and runs with it, giving us a deeper look into the world created in the other films, but through the eyes of some new (and a few old) characters. While not physically present, Jason Bourne, and what he was a part of, play a big role here, making the film's title of 'legacy' really appropriate. Set around (and during) some of the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, this is the story of a new agent whose fate has been sealed by the events of the first three films. His name is Aaron Cross, and, because of what Bourne did, he now founds himself on the run with a fellow person also deeply involved in all of the shadowy government business. The film has all the globe-trotting thrills you'd expect from this sort of thing, but it doesn't have the same impact as the other films, and this one is easily the weakest/least interesting. That doesn't mean that it is a bad film, but it just isn't as captivating. The ideas behind it are interesting, and I liked how the film shows the fallout and consequences of the events from previous films, but these new characters in general just aren't as compelling. Renner is solid as the leading man here, but I can't say the same for Weisz, who is rather underwhelming most of the time. I think Norton did decent too, though this seems more like a sleepwalk for him than anything else. As far as the cinematography goes, Robert Elswit delivers the goods, and we get some gorgeous stuff here. The editing, especially in the action moments is also far less choppy than before, but the action scenes themselves aren't as thrilling as the earlier ones. I did like the end chase, but it went on a tad too long. The hands down best part of the film though, has to be the utterly gripping and suspenseful laboratory shooting scene. That was some intense and chilling stuff. And that's probably Gilroy's best strength here- the ability to really deliver tension and suspense. The rest feels kinda routine, though still decent. Aside from not being as compelling, the essentially non-existent ending is really frustrating, even though I would like to see more of the Cross character, oddly enough. The film is also too long, and definitely feels that way. The script is also probably a tad too convoluted for its own good. In the end, as flawed as this might be (and it sure is), I did enjoy this, even if it fails to be as strong as its predecessors. This is one of my rare times where I'll give it the slightest recommendation possible, so give it a watch.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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