Worthy next chapter in Bourne-again franchise
hard to top Matt Damon’s Bourne films but The Bourne Legacy, which keeps the gritty, authentic spy tone from the originals along with clever escapes and stunts, does a bloody good job of trying. Legacy is let down by an overly complicated plot and an overly long final chase scene. Writer and director Tony Gilroy, who penned the first three Bourne films, has expanded on the universe he created from Robert Ludlum’s novels, revealing that Jason Bourne’s CIA program, Treadstone, was but one of many created. Within one of these other programs – Outcome – is agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner, The Avengers, The Hurt Locker). A superspy instead of an assassin, he’s been developed for military use and thanks to specifically designed medication, is physically and mentally superior to the average human. Unlike Matt Damon’s amnesia-suffering Bourne, Cross knows his past and has a cocky, abrupt manner. The plot of Legacy won’t make complete sense unless you have seen the first three Bourne films. The action is thrilling regardless, but the plot set-up is confusing without that background as events in Ultimatum cleverly overlap with Legacy. Outcome needs to be shut down, making Cross a walking target. Legacy boasts some excellent action sequences and audiences of the Bourne franchise won’t be disappointed. However, the conclusion is underwhelming. But there are enough loose ends for a potential fifth Bourne film.
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Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton.