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The Bourne Legacy Reviews

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July 22, 2016
A Bourne movie without Jason Bourne... The Bourne Legacy is something of a Jason Bourne expanded universe film. It has a few good action sequences, such as a close-quarters fight in an old farm house, and a (way-too-long) chase through the streets of Manila. This is also something of a soft remake of The Bourne Identity, with some of the same visual cues and plot points. It also builds on an idea planted in the first movie that was left hanging. I liked the idea of a genetically enhanced agent tweaking out because he needs his drugs, so our protagonist comes off as a junkie motivated by getting his fix, but the movie took the idea of genetic modification too far to suspend disbelief. The non-action scenes went on too long in this 2 hour 15 minute film, and could have been trimmed for a tighter narrative. Overall, it gets a passing grade as an action thriller.
½ July 22, 2016
While not as compelling as the Bourne Trilogy, it's still better than many other action films. See the Trilogy first, as several plot points are tied to the previous films - including the replay of a few scenes from another viewpoint.

Solid cinematography and decent editing salvage this film from the slow pace in the first half-hour. A shame that the great acting by all involved didn't revolve around a more compelling script.
July 18, 2016
Entertaining and somewhat thrilling, but the story and direction do not match wits with The Bourne Trilogy, showing that Tony Gilroy is far from Paul Greengrass and that Jeremy Renner is no Matt Damon.
July 18, 2016
Legacy lacks the intrigue, suspense and compelling characters that made the first three good. There's no evolution in the plot and it feels like a waste of time.
July 10, 2016
Didn't really do anything... plot bland and characters dull.
July 10, 2016
A Bourne movie without Bourne. How do you do that? It was good, and I have watched all four Bournes, ready for the new End of the month Jason Bourne movie.
June 30, 2016
There was that one good uncut shot of Jeremy Renner climbing the building and shooting that one person. But that's it. The rest was just confusing and boring to me.
June 19, 2016
I miss Matt Damon but the new hero is awesome. This fictional movie gives insights into real-world behavioural programming and black ops. The masterminds claim moral immunity while people in highly compartmentalized roles do their part.
June 16, 2016
Adds more dimension to the franchise that got left in the book
June 11, 2016
Come on guys! This was a really good movie. It wasn't the original, but it's a marvelous companion and even stand along piece. Acting, story, visuals... It's a true complete package. Give it a second "honest" chance, it deserves it!
½ June 6, 2016
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 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 im affraid it's nothing on Matt Damons Bourne movies.
½ June 1, 2016
If you owned the rights to a $1 billion worldwide box-office franchise but your lead actor refused to sign on to do another sequel, could you replace him and the theory still work? The answer for Bourne trilogy, a resounding yes!

Sneaking up from the screenwriters' seat to the directors' chair replacing predecessors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass , series veteran Tony Gilroy's intimate familiarity with the series texture, background and characters is superbly utilized in this next (but obviously not final) installment.

Collaborating with his brothers; Dan on the screenplay and John in editing, The Bourne Legacy is a crisp and fast action-thriller. Grounded with a strong sense of drama and a palpable sense of urgency, viewers never lose track of where they are, or the context of what they are watching.

Bristling with talent, the exemplary production team stunningly captures the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies (posing as the Alaskan wilderness) and the fluid movement of its heroin's adrenaline riddled escapades (by car, by parkour and by motorcycle) whilst maintaining a concise well-paced story.

Lodged between the events of installments two and three, Bourne Legacy sees the American intelligence community reeling from the actives of their AWOL rouge assassin Jason Bourne. The morally contentious super-secret Treadstone project - which saw nine trained assassins genetically altered to increase their pain threshold, speed, stamina and cunning, has been compromised.

To avoid further indiscretions and minimize the growing public scrutiny, senior ranking official ex-Air Force Colonel Eric Bayer (Edward Norton) commands an immediate and complete elimination of all other elite, ultra-intelligent, profoundly powerful, remarkably resilient field participants in a related Defense Department program called Operation Outcome.

On a punishment assignment for not following required medical protocol, solo Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is deposited in the wilds of Alaska on a survival skills test. With a dwindling supply of "chems" that maintain his enhanced abilities, Cross makes his extreme mountaineering way through the freezing conditions and wolf-infested terrain only to arrive at his rendezvous point to face anonymous execution at the hand of his employers.

Purging the entire program, the bio-chemist's at the behavioral science unit that fabricated the wonder drugs fall victim to a college's berserk on a shooting rampage and only microbiologist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) survives the attack.

Desperate to replenish his supply of green and blue pills and maintain his accustomed state of enhancement, Cross pilgrimages to his only contacts home in Maryland, only to find a team of agents attempting to finish Shearing off. Saving the ever terrified doctor, Cross relises she has nothing to offer in the way of treatment, or does she?

Can they evade the CIA bureaucrats and their ever present pursuers? Does he really need constant meds or can something be done to lock in his boosted state permanent? Or will they simply become collateral damage at the hands of someone ever more powerful?

Where the first three installments seemed like an urgent pulsating mess of confusion and shaking camera pictorial rubble, Bourne Legacy has an ingrained intensity conveyed through anchored thoughtful and viscerally engaging performances, especially from capable heir apparent Jeremy Renner.

The defecting Damon was always rather insipid and had a certain disingenuous introspection as the series lead protagonist Jason Bourne which is in stark contrast to the still surprisingly anonymous but perfect action-man Renner's focus, courage and natural charisma.

Renner's intensity to do all his own sheer-rock-face climbing, rooftop leaping, motorcycle acrobatics and wolf-fighting stunts creates an interesting juxtaposition with his sincere vulnerability and although the Cross character is endowed with merely droplets of a backstory, Renner makes his character genuinely appealing.

As Renner commands the action, zigzagging effortlessly through the films continuous chaos, his leading lady hangs on for dear life. Looking genuinely petrified in some scenes (and was according to insider speculations) Weisz is a calculated and smart addition. Her intrinsic naturalness to spout copious amounts of intellectual jargon whilst remaining agile enough to jump on the back of a bike, close her eyes and allow the world around to blur into a mess of action makes her a creditable asset with real substance.

The Verdict: Merely a bridge between one franchise to another, Bourne Legacy hints there is more adventures killing off CIA brainchild's still to come and the geyser of profits will not be stoppered by a lethargic lead or general logic. In a world where "there never was just one", Jeremy Renner- the spy who replaced me- genuinely does it better.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 24/08/2012
May 30, 2016
Love the next movie in the bourne series. Maybe better than orginals
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½ 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.
May 17, 2016
interesting, not nearly as good as the other Bourne movies
½ May 12, 2016
The Bourne Legacy is not as good as the first movie or the third movie, but I did enjoy it more than the second film. Jeremy Renner plays a really cool and new character and shows that Jason Bourne isn't the only character in this particular film series.
May 5, 2016
Totally did not expect the intertwining of the old Bourne into this one, and it worked so perfectly. Can not wait for the next in this series!
April 21, 2016
This movie contains less of the elements that made the Bourne trilogy a success. It's more about one man's two hour search for "chems."
April 21, 2016
The first 20 minutes screenplay and acting in an attempt to be intriguing turns out to be rather pretentious, boring and cringe worthy. Only similarity I could find with the Bourne trilogy is the generous use of the words 'Jason Bourne', 'Treadstone' and the end credits soundtrack featuring 'Extreme Ways' but features none of the marquee elements such as the frenetic photography and editing, brutal hand-to-hand combat or the nail biting screenplay. The initial moments between Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner starts out to be exciting but ends up being generic and run-of-the-mill eventually.

Number 5 (Jeremy Renner) is an asset under training of a secretive superspy development program called 'Outcome' similar to 'Treadstone'. All the agents under training are dependent on physical and mental enhancement genetic cell alteration drugs that keep them together who undergo periodic full evaluation based on their blood samples. Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) is a senior doctor in a facility that coordinates and research on the enhancement drugs. When an arbitrary incident triggers a paranoia in the top brass on a possibility of media exposure, Eric (Edward Norton) takes charge to suspend these operations which includes termination of all the agents and people associated with it systematically. Number 5 and Marta are survivors of different incidents and together goes off the grid.

Using Bourne as a context might add weight to box office opening but also increases the expectation level which is where this one fails miserably. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz are no doubt competent actors, but after an initial burst of an intense scene together they become rather monotonous. Edward Norton as a star definitely adds weight but was missing as an actor. A similar theme has been done in many other movies, some done a lot better and convincingly - so this one hardly has a chance to standout. The bloated runtime, seen it before ending does not help either.

It made sure there cannot be further extension to the already elongated yarn
April 17, 2016
The Bourne Legacy ends in a way to be bourne again. The weakest link of an otherwise decent action movie.
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