Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Bourne Legacy: Late Review.

The Bourne Legacy:

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz

Writers: Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy.

Director: Tony Gilroy.

**'s out of Four.

"The Bourne Legacy" is not strictly a reboot because it does link back to the earlier movies in this franchise.  I wouldn't call it a continuation or sequel either.  Because the stuff that is mentioned about those other titles are very basic, and if you have never seen them.  You would still be able to follow this story by itself with no real problems.

Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) and other subjects were each giving upgrades to make them more efficient at being secret assassins for the government.  When the programs become exposed, Eric Byer(Edward Norton) announces that they must close the entire program and destroy all the evidence.  That includes killing everyone that was involved with it.

The first three movies were a lot of fun because Jason Bourne had no memories of his previous life and it was exciting to see him discover these fighting skills.  It got better and better as it delved into the whole government conspiracy of trying to keep this whole operation quiet.  Aaron Cross in this one was not that exciting of a character, because he already knows his past and why has these certain skills. So all you got was just a basic cat and mouse chase flick.   Some of the chase and fight scenes looked alright, but it took to long to get to them.  I almost fell asleep in the first twenty minutes.    I also had a hard time believing that the Government in this movie could get everyone on board with not just killing Aaron Cross, but also kill research scientists like Dr. Martha Shearing( Rachel Weisz) who were hired to give the drugs to these subjects.  When both of them were on the run, I thought at least one person in this whole operation would question why they are tracking these two again.  They almost reminded me of the characters from the movie "Compliance" in that they just follow orders without questioning it.

Director Tony Gilroy is certainly no hack and has made some really good thrillers in the past with "Michael Clayton" , "Duplicity" and has written all the movies in The Bourne series so far .  This fourth one however lacked the action that Paul Greengrass had in the last two movies.  There was one moment where Cross is jumping from building to building that made it look like it was a first person video game.   "The Bourne Ultimatum" had several moments like that in one movie.

The moment when Dr. Shearing's lab gets attacked is when the movie really picks up. So if you can make it to that point, then I do recommend sticking with the rest of it because it does have some other really cool moments.  I just can't fully recommend buying this one when the other three were so much better.