The Bourne Legacy

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Time Out says

Thu Aug 9 2012

Tony Gilroy penned the Bourne trilogy and turns writer-director for this reboot of the series, which shares crucial DNA with the earlier films but is drawn from the shallower end of the gene pool. A committed performance from Jeremy Renner breathes life into his Bourne-like character, Aaron Cross, but it’s harder to identify with this genetically enhanced superspy than with Matt Damon’s highly trained but emotionally vulnerable agent. In box-office terms, the Bourne legacy is safe, but there are doubts about its creative sustainability.

Exposed by the media fallout from Jason Bourne’s very public ultimatum, Colonel Eric Byer (Edward Norton) orders the immediate termination of the parallel programme Outcome – and its agents. But Aaron Cross survives, and goes on the run with Dr Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), a scientist with access to the pills his body craves. Funded by Byer’s shadowy research group, a pharmaceutical company has used behaviour modification to create a new breed of pumped-up, hyper-intelligent field agent. Now one of these agents has gone rogue with a civilian female in tow. So it’s déjà vu, as Byer’s team track Cross and the doctor to the Philippines – the exotic location for a string of competently staged action set-pieces. These mildly suspenseful scenes showcase Renner’s physical agility and screen presence as well as Weisz’s talent for credible crying and screaming, but they scarcely trouble their respective acting abilities.

Particularly irritating are the plot contortions needed to accommodate pointless cameos by familiar faces from the trilogy: Paddy Considine, Albert Finney and Joan Allen. Not to mention the repeated, cryptic flashbacks designed to sketch in Cross’s murky military past. It all falls apart during the climactic foot and motorcycle chase, which is more exhausting than exciting, and features a cypher-like villain who utters not one word of dialogue.

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Fri Aug 17, 2012

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Director:

Tony Gilroy

Cast:

Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz

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Andy S

I actually enjoyed it more than the Damon films (although very good) and Renner was a more human character than Damon's robot-like hero. However, there were too many 'talky' scenes after a decent action set-piece and Norton's character fizzled out. Would be happy to see a 5th one though!

Rick

Kudos to the people on this site that solidly rated this film. Personally I thought it was refreshing having Jeremy play the key role. He brought a different edge and the action was full on and sharp. Put another way the story line was tight and it wasnt full of excessive fighting. Yes parts of the plot were a bit complicated but you come to expect that from these types of films. Its all too easy to pick out the flaws in any film..non-speaking evil guy on the motor cycle at the end...but thats just cherry picking...there was more than enough to keep people busy and on a personal note I thought it held together better than the latest Bond flick which was akin to Rambo in the Scottish Highlands...a yawnfest

Rick

Kudos to the people on this site that solidly rated this film. Personally I thought it was refreshing having Jeremy play the key role. He brought a different edge and the action was full on and sharp. Put another way the story line was tight and it wasnt full of excessive fighting. Yes parts of the plot were a bit complicated but you come to expect that from these types of films. Its all too easy to pick out the flaws in any film..non-speaking evil guy on the motor cycle at the end...but thats just cherry picking...there was more than enough to keep people busy and on a personal note I thought it held together better than the latest Bond flick which was akin to Rambo in the Scottish Highlands...a yawnfest

Ric

Yawn,what a dull plot. Or maybe thats from the bourne saga continuing?...all i can say is its a letdown. Wait for it on dvd.

K. Flyer

Not a patch on the first three. Should have dropped the project when Matt Damon pulled out of it. They will need to up their game if they are considering a fifth, but to be honest if its the same production / writer team again, please dont bother.

Sutton

Though thin on plot, it was sort of a Bourne 'Lite' version of the series, it was still enjoyable.

VioletP

This film is to the Bourne stable what “Quantum of Solace� is to the Bond films – distinctly flat, and in no way memorable, other than for being poor quality. Worth giving this one a miss.

scrumpyjack

Complaint, too right mate........both points annoy me too. Anyway, off to see this today (rating above)...........and have you seen the cost of a first class stamp? Scandalous!

Enjoyed it

enjoyed this a lot despite all the gripes being true! The car chase/bike chase was very very boring (but car chases always are) and the guy chasing them was supposed to be some no-empathy killing machine - really????????????????????????????????? But somehow I was entertained! I don't know, maybe I just enjoyed the whole medication plotline, plus the way it's meant to be happening at the same time as the last bourne film - and I like Renner and Weisz.

miles

to be fair it was far better than expected after the critique which is very unfair in this case and the anti war ,anti corporate theme might be the culprit here with the state to blame for the mess too .-flawed but fun to watch

Chris

ARCHGATE, it's hardly ego when I'm simply referencing IMDb because YOU came on and told me I was wrong. I also didn't claim to be absolutely correct. If you have good reason to claim it's new footage, say so and I'll happily stand corrected. Or is it because I wrote a few sentences with more than 7 words that you've got all het up by my comment. I really don't give a flying f*ck if you read my posts or not, but do try and at least muster the energy to read up on the point you're so eloquently arguing before arguing it. IMDb, Paddy Considine's official website, perhaps. I did this thing where I read those first before commenting. Or, just be brief and obnoxious again. Either or.

Chris

Hey Merrittpr, sorry - I wasn't responding to your review :) It was a response to the main article (shoulda made that clear - d'oh). You're right, it was very similar indeed and it's definitely not as good as it's predecessors. But I did go in hoping for more-of-the-same...y'know, a la the Bond movies. I wasn't hoping for a big change of direction, just more of that Bourne tone, one man against the system, hand to hand combat over gadgetry, etc etc. I don't take issue with any one disliking it for the reasons you gave, if you were hoping for a new direction and didn't get it, sure you'd be disappointed. I've done that with many a film in the past! Luckily, for me, my expectations happened to be at the right level this time. Either way, I wasn't arguing with anyone that the film's perfect... I just don't like officially published reviews that sound like the reviewer hasn't really watched it properly. That was my gripe.

Chris

I have to ask, have you actually seen the previous Bourne films? I can only infer from your review that you at best glossed over them ahead of having to watch this film. The story takes place at the same time as, and shortly after, the Bourne Ultimatum. And things happen in that film that directly drive Legacy's plot. Your review sounds like you missed the important plot connections. Paddy Considine wasn't in this film at all, they used footage from Ultimatum. Again, those scenes being vital plot points in this film. There was no contorting of plot to squeeze in Albert Finney.... the character was a key link between the two stories. Tony Gilroy did well to make this link with just one relatively short scene using Finney's Hirsch character as a visual marker point for the audience. Yes they could've made the connection with just some lengthy dialogue but then I'd no doubt have just read a review complaining of how confusing the plot was. Incidentally, Joan Allen's one scene was a moment of sheer jaw-dropping brilliance...but only if you remember the third film, that is. Incidentally, you don't mention David Strathairn's appearance which was the one reprisal that, as nice as it was to see him again, wasn't really necessary. And re the silent villain point... that has been the very essence of the Bourne franchise from day one. Barring Clive Owen's in Identity, none of these villains - or "assets" as they're known in the Bourne world - ever utter a word. It's what they do. This is one of many reviews I've now read that sound like they've been written by someone who hasn't seen the previous films and/or not yet come to terms with the fact that it doesn't have Matt Damon in it. It's a shame that reviews like this shape the scores on the aggregate review sites. The fourth film into a franchise really ought to be reviewed by someone who knows and likes the previous films in the series. Or can we expect Skyfall review's in October by people that don't know Bond?

Merrittpr

To me it was just a combination of the previous Bourne films. I was expecting something new and fresh but it was just a re hash of what had gone on before. If it was the first Bourne film I had seen then it would have been more exciting for me and I would have rated it more. Best to have put it to bed after the last one in my opinion. Left with a similar feeling after the last Spiderman film i.e. I've just paid good money to see the say film again but with different actors..... If you're going to see this film with high expectations that it's going to offer something fresh then you will leave with the feeling that you've purchased a knocked down sandwich from the supermarket at the end of the day, looks ok but not so tasty when you come to eat it.

Nancy

I really like Bourne Legacy, because Jeremy Renner is in it and I'm really big of Matt Damon, he's o.k., I don't make another Bourne movie!

Nancy

I really like Bourne Legacy, because Jeremy Renner is in it and I'm really big of Matt Damon, he's o.k., I don't make another Bourne movie!