The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy (screenplay)
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Scott Glenn, Ed Norton and Stacy Keach

The way I see it, there are two ways of looking at The Bourne Legacy: as a “Bourne” movie or as an action movie.  As the latter, Director Tony Gilroy (screenwriter for all the Bourne movies) does fine to compete with the recent stream of high octane films rife with crazy chase scenes and adrenaline pumping stunts; the motorcycle chase scene is darn exciting, though nowhere close to the benchmark high-rise scene in MI4. However, this movie is in no way comparable to the Bourne franchise I hold so dear.  Admittedly, the trilogy is one of my favourites, so much so that I was probably among many who had little interest in seeing this latest version until they inserted into the trailer heavy-handed references to Jason Bourne.  In fact, Gilroy’s use of clips from the Bourne Ultimatum in The Legacy (outwardly to establish a parallel time line, inwardly seemed simply to accommodate the trailer) only highlighted, for me, just how much this movie falls short.

What I liked: Jeremy Renner does a nice job of humanizing Aaron Cross (who is supposed to be a chemically advanced version of Bourne though we never see what makes him superior).  Rachel Weisz takes some time to settle into her role as Dr. Marta Shearing but by the end the two work well together.

What I didn’t like:  I spent the entire 1h 35min waiting for an intelligent, well-written, thrilling Bourne movie to start.

My rating: Forgettable.

Rotten tomatoes: 55%
IMDB: 6.9

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