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The Bourne Legacy Reviews

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½ April 22, 2018
What a terrible movie. Turned it off before it even ended.
½ April 13, 2018
it's a little self-indulgent despite renner in fine form; somehow the filmmakers find dozens of close-up shots of men furiously typing at computers and weak storytelling compelling.
April 7, 2018
Let's get one thing out of the way. The movie centers on the legacy of Jason Bourne. Hawkeye is not meant to be his replacement. Another helpful tip for those who want to see the movie. Watch the original trilogy first largely because most of the story takes place around the same time as Ultimatum, which itself has elements that pick up from where the last two films left off despite its endings not feeling like cliffhangers. The performances are compelling enough, the action is decent and the story has an interesting concept. There's just one problem: after a somewhat slow-moving first half, the second half moves at a relentlessly fast pace. When the movie ended, I was shocked that that's how it ended. It barely felt like an ending at all. Matt Damon's absence. Need I say more about that? There are also some editing problems, making the narrative occasionally give me a bigger confusion-induced headache than a Christopher Nolan movie. It sometimes makes it impossible to tell who's fighting who in the action sequences. The Bourne Legacy has good scenes and it focuses on a "what if?" scenario where Bourne's actions have consequences on other CIA members but seeing how the next Bourne movie doesn't even have them team up, you're probably better off skipping this one.
½ April 4, 2018
While it has some moments of tightly scripted drama and an awesome Jeremy Renner performance, a Bourne movie isn't complete without its action, and not only is this original entry lacking in that (and a comprehensable plot), but it's choppily edited, even after the last one won a few Oscars for it!
April 2, 2018
I love the scene transition between the pill in one of the first scenes to the doctor going in at the gate.
March 28, 2018
For a series that would have been much better staying as an extremely engaging trilogy, The Bourne Legacy actually isn't that bad, (with the exception that it is much more rigid and unevenly designed). But outside of bringing in Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, there isn't a whole lot in this movie that we haven't seen before. Of course the action scenes were definitely made with as much strength and energy as the earlier films. So I guess that does count for something.
½ March 12, 2018
A really entertaining action thrill ride with Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz!
February 10, 2018
Renner is mesmerizing and deserves a trilogy of his own.
January 26, 2018
I watched this years after its release with very low expectations but surprisingly I enjoyed this film alot.

Absolutely loved it. Renner and Weiz pairing was very delightful to watch.

The film was very well paced with great action scenes.

Looking forward to a sequel if it ever happens
January 2, 2018
The story had no point. Even worse, it made no sense with the greater arc of the franchise. At one point, they say Bourne had the best stats, and he didn't use the meds. So, why would they medicate everyone else? Just do whatever you did to Bourne that worked so well. Pretty much all of the major players from the original stories either do not return in this film or return in such diminished/ nonsensical ways that they shouldn't have returned. The plot revolves around some guy who at the beginning is at some training course for no real reason. Nobody is forcing him to complete it. He could just leave. Oh, except for this tracker in his hip that he can cover with a metal plate in the front (the back doesn't matter at all! ) and turn off any old time he wants. So, he must be in this for the drugs. Wait, no, he can stop taking one of them and nothing happens. Then, there are the guys who want to kill him for no real reason. They have a bunch of people who will do whatever they say and act like super-spies. However, somebody might know something about the super-spy program. Best to kill them all and start over with new untrained super-spies than to get rid of the paperwork and give the super-spies new fake identities. I gave it a full star because despite the horrendous writing, all of the actors except the main character did a pretty good job of not being terrible. No wonder the director from the previous films and Matt Damon both decided not to participate. This movie was pretty bad.
October 20, 2017
The thinking person's Bourne film that truly takes us deep into the mindset of the agency that set this in motion. We get to meet the people who do the science and get credible evidence of the genetic manipulation and how it works. The chosen 'agents' manipulated by the leaders are true patriots functioning in the belief they are serving the USA and their handlers are sociopathic megalomaniacs who see their capable followers (both scientists and soldiers) as tools so they can eliminate them without remorse.
This is a rather brilliant screenplay and Renner is perfect as the guy who needed points added to his IQ in order to qualify for the army. The pairing with Rachel Weisz sparks and glows - particularly in the scene in the car fleeing the burning house. - "You want out get out. What are you going to do? You've got a plan your a Doctor of course you do"
The unanswered questions about the fate of the Joan Allen character are addressed and once again the guys with the power are going to annihilate her along with Jason, Arron, and Dr. Shearing. It's a shame we won't get to see more of Arron & Marta due to the inability of Damon fans to see the merit in the very different Renner and their discomfort with the science and intelligence defined by the dialogue in this excellent screenplay. LEGACY was just too smart for it's own good - thinking Bourne fans are in the minority and those of us who appreciate the detail of the science and the depth of character definition will suffer the consequences of those who simply want more chase & explosion scenes.
October 7, 2017
Has a tough time at the start setting itself up, and it has some pretty dumb plot elements throughout (for some reason the Gilroys go into intense detail about the "Bourne lore" of chemical enhancements and the movie grinds to a halt every time) but once the stakes have been established it kicks into gear with some dope action scenes, so much so that I started to wonder why everyone hated this movie. And then the unbelievably wrong-headed Manila chase sequence happened - that if I wanted to break down all the bad aspects of I wouldn't even know where to start - and I got really depressed. This is the same guy who made Michael Clayton?
October 2, 2017
This movie felt like the beginning of a possible trilogy of Bourne films starring Jeremy Renner, but due to the mediocre numbers compared to the Matt Damon led Bourne movies, this was a standalone as they went back to Damon for Jason Bourne a few years later. The action sequences are great to watch and they are not just nonsensical cuts making you wonder what is actually happening. The bureaucracy within this film does drag the story down, especially as it reaches its finish. The story is similar to the Damon films, a rogue agent given superhuman abilities through drugs and training by a U.S. program tries to piece together himself while being savagely hunted by those in charge. Happening during the events of the Bourne Ultimatum, Legacy takes the viewer on a ride through Alaska, Maryland and even Manila. Taking a while to really get going, it ends without the main character getting into a physical altercation with his foe. Watching a nearly 30 minute chase scene end with one guy dying after crashing headfirst into a stone pillar while our heroes wipeout on their own bike. The ending is very anti-climactic for a standalone film, making me truly believe that they wanted more films with Renner.
August 30, 2017
Watched TV version but still pretty good.
August 7, 2017
If the original borne series did not exist I think rating would be much higher. The bar was set really high by Matt Damon. On its own its really a good movie with lots of action and good story line. I like the casting all except Ed Norton who overplayed the role and does not fit the part .
½ July 30, 2017
This is one of the most pitiful movies in the Bourne series. The story is unclear for over half the movie. Occasionally they talked about Jason Bourne and Blackbriar.
July 29, 2017
It's interesting how Jeremy Renner played in this movie he has played good in the Avengers movies just not this movie and the stupid thing is when I tried to watch it it was not in English no subtitles
July 17, 2017
I thought that it was a good ride.
July 10, 2017
jesus borne it's jason christ!
½ June 26, 2017
Jeremy Renner is good as Aaron Cross, but it is still not the same without Matt Damon. The action scenes are good but do not add anything new and this story is not as compelling as the Jason Bourne story.

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