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The Bourne Legacy Reviews

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½ July 30, 2016
Not rotten. Too many critics compared it to the Damon films. PTxS
July 30, 2016
7/29/2016: Not near as good as the first three. It was ok, but a bit slow at times and not enough action. The fighting scenes were good, but there weren't many.
July 29, 2016
The Bourne Legacy offers pretty much what you would expect from a Bourne film, lots of action, a great lead role, and an intriguing plot, but this film can't simply hold up to what made the original trilogy so great in the first place in terms of acting, writing, directing, and the action sequences, even though they are not that bad in this film.
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½ July 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
July 29, 2016
4/5. Not as good as Supremacy or Ultimatum, but still better than Identity. Renner does a great job filling Damon's shoes, and although Rachel Weisz's character is annoying, the film itself is very solid and entertaining.
July 28, 2016
This one is a huge disappointment for the franchise which doesn't even need to be in the franchise or need not to have same name when it doesn't even involve Jason Bourne but it does have a story to tell and guess there are some more things to be told which can be described in the sequels if this one has any, If it has any then there should be a lot of improvement in the action.
July 28, 2016
You are left wondering if the constant references to Damon's Bourne character help the film or hurt it.
July 28, 2016
The Bourne Legacy simply doesn't live up to the legacy of the Damon trilogy. Renner is a more than capable lead, but ultimately the story he is given is weak.
July 28, 2016
***
It doesn't live up to the original Bourne trilogy, and is more disappointing than actually bad, but the Bourne Legacy does benefit from Jeremy Renner's performance, good direction and for the most part dialogue from Tony Gilroy and some fun action scenes.
July 26, 2016
By far the weakest of the series, but still overall enjoyable
½ July 25, 2016
Good, but I think everyone just misses Matt Damon. Jeremy Renner still plays a very good part though.
July 25, 2016
Nowhere near as good as any of the Damon trilogy. Confusing and over the top. I want Paul Greengrass back!
July 24, 2016
A decent action film, but it doesn't really add anything to the Bourne franchise and has nothing new or interesting - except a wolf fight (which was done in 'The Grey', one year earlier). Renner is fine as Aaron (is he in every franchise now? Marvel, Mission Impossible, Bourne, 28 Days/Weeks Later...), another "program participant", along with Jason Bourne (#5 - 005?) and #3 ('Poe Dameron'), but everyone else is conveniently wiped out. The CIA links are tenuous and Norton is wasted as the chief hunter. Weisz is OK, but isn't really suited to the damsel-in-distress role anymore. Good motorbike chase scene, but very weak ending - took over 2 hours to get to and obvious and non-exciting conclusion.
July 24, 2016
The idea on paper sounded like something that wasn't really necessary. A movie about a guy, without that guy sounds hard to pull but to my surprise the whole thing turned out pretty decent. There's a diverse cast of renowned actors, good action, good acting, specially from Rachel Weisz in my opinion, her character feels very real on how she reacts to such scenarios and she looks stunning eventhough she's not that young anymore. Anyway, my only complain is that it falls flat at the end. It kinda ends on nothing. The only way it would make sense to me is that the story continues on Jason Bourne's next movie. If they don't, eventhough interesting, it would feel really unnecessary.
½ July 24, 2016
A cold and hollow but rather tedious motion picture.
July 24, 2016
Renner and Weisz are great. Movie could have been a bit longer. Still the best Bourne movie yet.
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.
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