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"The Bourne Legacy"

Action/Adventure, Sequel, Thriller. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Photo by Universal Pictures

Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner in Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Legacy" - 2012.

 

by Michael Stark
mjstark333@msn.com

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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.

I’ll 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. It’s 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 film’s plot. I don’t 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 Damon’s Bourne flicks, I will feel intense anger, and then try to forget "The Bourne Legacy" ever happened.

As for “The Bourne Legacy’s” 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 “Duplicity.”

OVERALL RATING: C

 

 

 

Photo by Universal Pictures

The Bourne Legacy movie poster

 

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