of this franchise, Matt Damon, was quoted as saying he wouldn’t return to the
series unless it was also directed by the same man behind the camera of the two
prior “Bourne” outing, filmmakers and Universal either had to give
up the multi-million dollar franchise (yeah,
like that was going to happen) or change the face of it. Jason’s legacy was
“bourne” with this, the fourth film of the series.
nothing but trouble with the covert programs Treadstone and Blackbriar. Since
Jason Bourne went off the grid exposing all of the dirty secrets of the program, secrets that reveal men were trained as assassins, a horrible scandal has rocked
the CIA prompting 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, but a brush with death is making him re-think everything. His training mission right
now is on the mountains of Alaska but he is nearly out of his meds. Shortly after meeting with his
contact, he watches as a drone kills that contact. This sends Aaron into hiding.
Back in the States, the Black-Ops chief running one of the covert branches,
Eric Beyer (Edward Norton) is trying to contain what could be a serious
security breach. Back in the day, Beyer knew Aaron, and now Beyer just gave the order to have him killed.Surviving the
attack, Aaron makes it back to the states, desperation leading him to
his doctor from the program, Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). But before he can leave his drug-addled mind free of the drug regime dependency, he and Marta have to find a way to escape the grasp of those wanting
to silence them.
into any rambling rants or gushing (and believe me, there will be equal amounts
of both – for every pro, an annoying ‘but’ won’t be far behind), 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
Tony Gilroy brought Robert Ludlum’s novels to the screen with his adaptations
and he returns to write and direct this, the first where he was behind the
camera. Unfortunately, I find myself now, having reflected on the film,
agreeing more than I wanted too with the mainstream critic from PEOPLE. The story takes way too long to get things rolling,
making us feel bored than we should by such a story. Evan as it vacillates between
Aaron wandering around the snow-packed Alaskan mountains and the “suits,” there isn’t the usual excitement in the opening thirty to forty minutes;
even the spy jargon they spout seems dull. It isn’t until someone dies (regrettably
so), that things start happening – and get interesting! Once this happens,
there is no stopping anticipation. The first scene
that really entices edge-of-your-seat chills is at Marta’s country
house where there is an appropriate amount of fear and danger. It was a section of the movie that
allowed Weisz to show off some great theatrics as her fear overtakes any logic
she would normally possess.
news first broke, I wasn’t certain someone else could ever fill Damon’s shoes.
Subsequently, I saw Renner in MI:4 and The
Avengers, both of which were phenomenal roles for him. Though I suspect it’s my preference for Damon’s Jason Bourne, this role wasn’t always “right” for Renner. Does he do it
justice? Absolutely! But there is something “missing” from his portrayal that
leaves us teetering on the edge, void of emotion. On the flip side, Weisz was
fantastic – she played a great female lead against Renner and in fact has to
save him on more than one occasion. Leading up to its release date, rumors were
everywhere that the fifth film would star both Renner and Matt
Damon reprising their roles. That has since been rebuked. Some people
may not like this story purely for moral reasons. The picture it paints of our government
and how they treat the men they recruit to defend America is a wonderfully well
conceived idea for a political thriller at best and at worst, it is enough to
shake up our already fragile opinion of government.
In recommending this, I
have to suggest that you try and watch it as an individual piece of the “Bourne”
puzzle and not a sequel because for me, it fell short. Certain sequences are
phenomenal and it was a switch for the heroine to protect the hero but too much
of it feels familiar, including a woman tagging along and having to escape fellow
assassins. By the time credits rolled, my opinion had improved and I thought
the ending was adorable without being anything special. Though not as
impressive as it should have been, ‘Legacy’ is a solid start in this new era and I don’t regret the admission price. Still… an argument could be made that Renner was way cooler as Hawkeye. *wink*
think of this film as a part of the legacy? Do you have expectations of it?
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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 abuse
of deity like GD are heard.)