Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton.
Directed by Tony Gilroy.
Classification: M (Violence and mature themes), 135 mins.
Official Site: http://bournelegacy.net/
Writer/director Tony Gilroy expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with a story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three Bourne films.
From the opening shot of a man swimming in the water to the closing sounds of the franchise’s signature song, Moby’s 'Extreme Ways', THE BOURNE LEGACY feels like a Bourne movie in every way – with one exception. No Matt Damon, which means his memory-addled CIA killing machine Jason Bourne is absent. So how do you make a Bourne movie without Bourne? Writer and director Tony Gilroy, who penned all three previous episodes, has come up with an elegant solution that manages to widen out the story without feeling like a Hollywood cash-in. Rewinding to last episode, The Bourne Ultimatum, Gilroy’s script weaves a new story around old events and characters. With Bourne still on the loose, the CIA brass (led by Edward Norton’s newcomer Byer) sets out to shut down the intense programme that he was the guinea pig for, ruthlessly terminating all agent trainees. Only one escapes – Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), who narrowly avoids death-by-missile in the Alaskan wilderness before going on the run with Rachel Weisz’s scientist, another CIA target. For his first Bourne directorial assignment, Gilroy marshals the action impressively, particularly a motorbike chase across Manila that’s every bit as thrilling as Ultimatum’s one in Tangier. And in Renner, he has the perfect star. Like a modern-day Steve McQueen, one of many jaw-dropping stunts Renner takes on sees him run up the side of a house – Spider-Man eat your heart out. If there’s a problem with the film, it’s that unlike the amnesiac Bourne, Cross knows exactly who he is and why he joined up (in one flashback, Byer tells him he’s a 'sin-eater', there to suck up all the bad stuff so we don’t have to) – which does fatally remove the mystery that drove the original trilogy. In the end, THE BOURNE LEGACY is a survival story, albeit a sleek and sophisticated one.
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