"The Bourne Legacy"
Sequel, Thriller. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
by Universal Pictures
Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner in Universal Pictures' "The
Bourne Legacy" - 2012.
Jeremy Renner takes
center stage instead of Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy.
I am a big fan of the
first three Jason Bourne movies. In fact, I think that each succeeding
Bourne movie was better than the last. That is not the case here.
Ill get the few
positives out of the way first. Jeremy Renner is a more than capable
action hero, and his charisma works well in the role. Its
always nice to see Edward Norton, and he gets a couple of brief
moments where he really shines. But I wish we could have seen
much more from him. Toward the climax of the film, we also get
an entertaining patented car chase through a crowded city that
is a staple of the franchise.
Now onto the issues
I had with this film. It took way to long for this movie to really
get going. The beginning of the film plods along, trying to explain
the plot, which I honestly had a difficult time fully comprehending
throughout its run time. Our hero, Aaron Cross (Renner) is stuck
in Alaska for training, which just leaves the audience counting
down time until he gets to start beating up bad guys.
Back to the films
plot. I dont want to give away the ending of the film, but
I will just say that The Bourne Legacy renders a great
deal of a prior Bourne film meaningless. So the next time I re-watch
Damons Bourne flicks, I will feel intense anger, and then
try to forget "The Bourne Legacy" ever happened.
As for The Bourne
Legacys run time, it is well over two hours long.
The other three were all under the two hour mark. They were all
quick and kept the action coming. This movie drags and the action
scenes are fewer and far between.
Normally, I like Rachel
Weisz, but not here. Her character was necessary to drive the
plot, but she still felt forced. There were also multiple scenes
where she went a little too over-the-top, screaming what
is going on! as her life becomes in more danger. I almost
screamed that same sentiment at the screen when trying to get
a grasp on the plot.
If you removed Bourne
from the title, this could have worked as a generic action thriller,
especially with a star like Renner. But forcing this into the
Bourne universe completely ruins it. I expected more from writer-director
Tony Gilroy, who helped write the other three films and also directed
the excellent Michael Clayton and underappreciated
by Universal Pictures
Bourne Legacy movie poster