The Bourne Legacy (2012)

So much negative space

So much negative space

Directed by: Tony Gilroy (he also directed the excellent Michael Clayton and the boring Duplicity)

Written by: Tony and Dan Gilroy, sort of using characters based off of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne books

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Zeljko Ivanek, and plenty of re-used footage from the previous Bourne movies.. or was it re-shot?

What it’s about: a secret government agent (?) fights for his life after his handlers turn on him… or something?

B-Movie Alternate Title: The Bourne Files: Alex Cross

Movie Mash Up: (The Bourne Identity – Jason Bourne) + Edward Norton… I guess, I dunno, probably should have not done this category for the movie

What I liked: It was an extremely well-shot movie, full of gorgeous cinematography (and no lens flares!).  The action set pieces were fairly entertaining.  I liked seeing Jeremy Renner in a Bourne-esque role, and he handled himself well.

What I disliked: There is no reason for this movie to have been made.  It was just an easy cash-in on the Jason Bourne name.  An actress of Rachel Weisz’ talents should be playing a better character than someone that was essentially “Hysterical Female Doctor”.  It was like the Gilroys were trying to be writing as smart as the original Bourne movies, but it just got all convoluted and they kept trying to tie in that Trilogy to every move that Renner’s character made.  There was no real emotional connection to the characters, like why should we care what happens to them at all?  That’s not a needed ingredient in a movie, but having those feelings towards the characters makes me more emotionally invested in the movie, and as it ended up, it was essentially a popcorn Jason Bourne movie.

Would I recommend it to anyone?:  For everything that I disliked, I have to say that I still enjoyed the movie, and if you’ve seen The Bourne Trilogy, then yes, by all means watch it.  It doesn’t disrespect the original movies, but it is ultimately unnecessary.

Rating: 3 / 5

Jason Bourne never needed two guns at once!

Jason Bourne never needed two guns at once!

About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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