Wor­thy next chap­ter in Bourne-again fran­chise

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

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.

is screening now.

Jeremy Ren­ner and Ed­ward Nor­ton.

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