The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy will please the Bourne fans as far as action goes, but those looking for a plot as interesting as the first will be disappointed. The world is definitely expanded and paves way for more movies but until then The Bourne Legacy leaves us with a thin story. Jeremy Renner proves that he is more than capable of anchoring the lead role and will definitely bring to life Aaron Cross’ character. Overall, The Bourne Legacy is a more action driven installment that serves to be the foundation for future Bourne films.

 

 

One of my favorite results of starting Thinking Cinematic is that it has forced me to start watching movies that I had always told myself I would get to. Until recently I had never seen any of The Bourne movies, but with The Bourne Legacy opening this week I set out to familiarize myself with the series. I found myself getting hooked just a little more after each movie and by the third I was completely sold and excited for this latest addition.

 

This time around the movie centers around agent Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner which I liked a lot more than Jason Bourne. There was more depth to his character and was able to show more emotions than just cold calculated moves. Granted, Jason Bourne suffered from memory loss and didn’t know who he was as a person. It’s not a discredit to Damon or the writing of Jason Bourne, it’s just easier to have a more likeable lead when he knows who he is. That being said, Jason Bourne had a sense of direction in his movies, and there was an ultimate end goal for him. Aaron Cross felt a little looser in his direction.

Minor Plot Spoilers

Aaron Cross although just as ruthless as Bourne, really doesn’t have a main mission. He gets caught in the middle of the aftermath from the last movie and spends the next hour and a half trying to make sense of it and ultimately the movie becomes about him retrieving medicine. It’s not a bad plot line but it’s nowhere near as captivating as the first three.

End Minor Plot Spoiler

  

Summing up the sectioned off spoiler paragraph, the movie isn’t as captivating as the first three Bourne movies. I like that a lot of this movie delved deeper into the science behind the Treadstone, BlackBriar and Outcome programs but ultimately these plot points are over shadowed for a more action driven story. We catch glimpses of the procedures behind these programs as well as some agents interacting with each other and I would have liked to see this develop more on screen. What we did get was enough to expand the Bourne universe and was an interesting side of the story to tell. However, the movie ends very abruptly after building up such an intense action that it was a little bit of a disappointment.

The end of the movie caught me off guard and I felt like there was still more to be revealed or shown.  Also the dialogue of the movie felt rough, especially some of the lines given to Rachel Weisz. Her character became somewhat annoying at times and a lot of her delivery of already rough lines just didn’t fit in the movie. It was clear the dialogue could have used a little more polish. The movie itself randomly jumps to flashbacks with little warning or pattern, which became confusing at times. It’s minor though and ultimately it only hurts the pacing of the movie, not my understanding.

Of course The Bourne movies have always displayed fantastic action and chase scenes and The Bourne Legacy doesn’t disappoint in this aspect.  Jeremy Renner does a fantastic job taking the reigns where Matt Damon left off. There is always one scene in the Bourne movies that has me squirming in my seat and The Bourne Legacy was able to keep up this trend. There are a few action scenes that felt a little too over the top and probably could have been cut from the movie. These are mostly during the beginning of the movie and eventually it finds a more focused direction.

The Bourne Legacy will please the Bourne fans as far as action goes, but those looking for a plot as interesting as the first will be disappointed. The world is definitely expanded and paves way for more movies but until then The Bourne Legacy leaves us with a thin story. Jeremy Renner proves that he is more than capable of anchoring the lead role and will definitely bring to life Aaron Cross’ character. Overall, The Bourne Legacy is a more action driven installment that serves to be the foundation for future Bourne films.

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4 responses to “The Bourne Legacy

    • One of the benefits had going into this movie was that I had just watched the previous three right before going to see The Bourne Legacy. Ultimatum was finishing as I was walking out the door to the theaters so I was riding a pretty good excitement high going in.

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