When the “face” of this franchise, Matt Damon, said he wouldn’t return to the series unless the director of the two prior “Bourne” films would return, Universal had a choice to make. In the aftermath of this, Jason’s legacy was “bourne” with this, the fourth film of the series.
The Bourne Legacy (2012) Film Review
There has been nothing but trouble with the covert programs Treadstone and Blackbriar. Since Jason Bourne went off the grid exposing the programs dirty secrets, a horrible scandal rocks the CIA. This prompts senate hearings and a firestorm of media coverage. There was never just one program participant. Now, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is where Jason Bourne once was, ignorant. A brush with death makes him re-think everything. His training mission right now is on the mountains of Alaska but now he’s nearly out of his meds. Shortly after meeting with his contact, a drone kills that contact. This sends Aaron into hiding.‘THE BOURNE LEGACY’ (2012). Jeremy Renner stars as a wronged CIA spy. #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
Back in the States, the Black-Ops chief running one of the covert branches, Eric Beyer (Edward Norton) tries to contain what could be a serious security breach. Back in the day, Beyer knew Aaron, and now Beyer wants him dead. Surviving the attack, Aaron makes it to the states. Desperation leads him to his doctor from the program, Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). But before he can rid his drug-addled mind of the drug regime dependency, he and Marta have to find a way to escape those wanting to silence them.
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Before I get into any rambling rants or gushing (and believe me, there’s equal amounts of both), I just want to make one thing clear: this movie is tremendously entertaining. When first reading about this addition to what has been a phenomenal franchise, I was skeptical about a lot of things. (I will try my hardest not to make too many comparisons to the original films either.) After seeing it, I feel both validated in that supposition, and taken by surprise. Here is why.
Series scripter, Tony Gilroy brings Robert Ludlum’s novels to the screen with his adaptations and he returns to write and direct this, his first behind the camera. Unfortunately, having reflected on the film, I agree, more than I want to, with the mainstream PEOPLE critic. The story takes way too long to get things rolling, which is boring. It’s about thirty-forty minutes in when things get interesting! Once this happens, there is no stopping anticipation. One of the first scenes to do this is the country house scene. It’s a section of the movie that allows Weisz to show off her skills.
To be honest, I’ll still not certain someone else will ever fill Damon’s shoes. Subsequently, I saw Renner in MI:4 and The Avengers, both of which are great roles for him. Though I like Damon’s Jason Bourne better, this role isn’t always “right” for Renner. Does he do it justice? Absolutely! But there’s something “missing” that leaves us void of emotion. On the flip side, Weisz is fantastic; she plays a great female lead against Renner (she saves him on more than one occasion). Also, the rumors of Damon’s return in this didn’t pan out. Some people may not like this story purely for moral reasons.
The picture it paints of our government and how they treat the men who defend America is good idea for a political thriller at best and at worst, it’s enough to shake up our already fragile opinion of government. If you’re curious about this, I would suggest that you try and watch it as a separate piece of the “Bourne” puzzle, not a sequel. It falls short as that. By the time credits roll, my opinion improves, and I do think the ending is adorable without being anything special. Though not as impressive as it should be, The Bourne Legacy is a solid start in this new era. Still, an argument could be made that Renner was way cooler as Hawkeye. *wink*
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You can find The Bourne Legacy digitally on Amazon Video
Content: Several scenes depict sometimes brutal hand-to-hand combat resulting in some severe injuries. The “suits” of the operation give orders to have operatives taken out; a man murders 5 of his co-workers before committing suicide. There are probably three “intense” sequences, one of which is a car chase. About four people die from the pills they are given. Commonplace profanity such as sh*t, d*mn and we hear abuse of deity like GD. The film is PG-13.