The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Directed by Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz
Tony Gilroy has been behind the camera for the Bourne series since the first film came out in 2002. For the fourth movie in the series, he’s got a few new faces to work with. The cast includes Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, and Rachel Weisz. Taking on the premise started with The Bourne Identity, this movie branches out in a new direction.
Aaron Cross (Renner) is one of the many young soldiers who became part of Operation Outcome. This program is a was designed by the Department of Defense to produce super soldiers, like Jason Bourne. When the government starts killing their genetically enhanced soldiers, Cross is forced to run for his life. Along the way he finds Dr. Marta Shearing (Weisz), a woman who might hold the key to some of the answers he’s looking for. Now the two are on the run from a government team being directed by a ruthless leader (Norton).
This takes the word “sequel” and gives it a new meaning. The story takes on the baseline of the previous three movies and gives it a new face. It was well-written and really allowed the different characters to blend together. Like the previous movies, this one seems to keep the suspense level very high throughout.
Renner is a great new piece to the Bourne franchise. It was nice to see someone take on a role like this and make it feel very different from the one Matt Damon carried throughout the previous three films. In addition to Renner, Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz do a great job in their roles. The other actors in the movie all do great as well, coming together to create this incredible world.
The action is the second star of the Bourne movies, and this is no exception. In addition to a great plot, this movie seems to have the perfect amount of action. Although some of it seems a bit far-fetched, the movie does keep thing more realistic than I expected. The actors and stunt people were all pressed to the limit with some hair-raising scenes that made this a very exciting movie.
I don’t have any major criticisms about this movie. The major issue I have is the need to get a lot of background out in one movie. This did leave a lot of things more vague than they should have been. I also hope that they’re planning a sequel, since they left a number of loose ends. This is one of a few franchises that I feel could sustain a few more films without losing the power behind the story.
If you’re a fan of the previous three films, this one should be perfect for you. For those who haven’t seen the other movies, this doesn’t require too much background to enjoy on its own. The action is intense and the violence feels very real, so this might not be one for the kids. I give this movie 4.6 out of 5 stars.