135 Min | Action – Adventure – Mystery | August 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
The Bourne Legacy Review: “The Bourne Legacy” is prequel/sequel/spin-off/reboot of the Bourne Series. In “Legacy”, Jason Bourne is sidelined for Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), another spy in the Bourne universe. Though, Cross is a product of “Outcome”, a program that gave the agent pills called “chems” that improved their intelligence and physique. Yet, in Langley, Eric Byer (Edward Norton), an operations director, decides to “cut the program”, which is spy language for “kill everyone involved”. Cross teams up with scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) as they head to the Phillipines to get the chems, while every operative with a finger and a gun is on their trail.
“The Bourne Legacy” has garnered very mixed reviews; some really like it, some really hate it, some are in-betweeners. I am one who really liked it. Comparing “Legacy” to the originals, more specifically “Ultimatum”, is like comparing “Batman Returns” to “The Dark Knight”. A good movie to a fantastic one. If “Legacy” was a regular spy movie with no connection to Bourne, it would definitely be in higher regard. But, as it has the “Bourne” name associated with it, certain things were expected: 1. Insane non-stop action. 2. Insane non-stop action. 3. More action. “Legacy” is extremely dialogue driven. About 3/4 of this movie is dialogue. And the dialogue is very technical, and very scientific, and it flies way over some people’s heads. The previous Bourne films were not filled with this technical jargon.
The performances, though, are very good. Renner and Weisz are absolutely perfect in their roles. Renner perfectly captures the manhunting super agent with ease. He’s a natural action hero, and one of my favorite actors. Though Edward Norton is devilishly underused. His character merely sits behind a screen and barks orders. When you go into “Legacy”, don’t expect insane non-stop action. Yes, when the action happens, it is really awesome. But this is a dialogue-driven spy movie with lots of high-vocabulary dialogue.
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