Review: The Bourne Legacy

Review 2012 by RD Clark



The Bourne Legacy

Written by: Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy — from the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum

Directed by:Tony Gilroy

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach,  David Strathairn, Scott Glenn

Rated PG-13

Because of the mayhem that Jason Bourne has caused, a group of bureaucrats decide to terminate the Program that created him, which includes killing the recruits. One of the recruits objects. Having been off the grid for a few months, he is able to sneak back in and make contact with one of his creators, who is trying to sneak herself away. Together, they sneak out of the reach of the unfriendlies so they can grab a cure for him.

This was a fun ride. Jeremy Renner’s hero, while truly a badass when necessary, is not ugly at heart. Rachel Weisz is gorgeously distracting and manages to keep her distress finely tuned. Edward Norton is the guy you love to hate here, and the bad guys, while truly bad are, for the most part, not over the top; their evil is subtle and refined. What I really liked is that my suspension of beleif never got hammered. While our hero may be genetically enhanced, he never does anything truly unbelievable. They kept to the spirit of the Bourne franchise with this and I thank them for that.

A couple of petty complaints: The final chase scene went on a bit too long and was mangled so badly it was often hard to follow. A couple of scenes were shot so closely that you could count the pores on the actor’s faces, not a pretty sight. The movie’s ending didn’t really resolve the main issue, but maybe they’re leaving it open for a sequel?

All in all, I had a really good time here and will give this one a hearty recommendation. Not overly violent, and no sex, so you could take the kids, who will probably like it. Don’t get butter on the popcorn or you might not remember it.
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