I walked into the screening theatre with a bit of apprehension. I confess I am a big Matt Damon fan. He did a tremendous job as Jason Bourne in the previous three episodes. However Jeremy Renner is a refreshingly pleasant surprise as the new agent. He is a great actor who has tremendous screen presence and energy. Rachel Weisz as Dr. Snyder is outstanding. Ed Norton as Byer does not have too many lines but his expressions show why he is such a great actor. The story is excellent and so is Tony Gilroy's direction. The action scenes will keep you at the edge of your seats. The finale on the <more>
streets of Manila is aligned with the previous three Bourne movies. The locations chosen are perfect. The cinematography is grabbing especially the scenes which were shot in Alberta, Canada. The Bourne Legacy is a must see not only for the Bourne fans but also for those who love a good story and good action movies. I am going to watch it again and pay for it when it is released in August. It's well worth it!
One of the best movies I have seen all year. (by nathan-f77)
I absolutely loved every minute of this movie, but let me start out by saying that I'm not a fan of any of the first three Bourne movies. I will also say that because this story is so different to the previous movies, it would have probably been better to give it a different title. There didn't need to be any reference to Bourne at all.One of the highlights for me was the level of accuracy in the CIA search team. It was surprisingly refreshing to see satellite feeds from across the world portrayed with their accurate limitations. This made me engage with that part of the story on a <more>
much deeper level, and I really felt the tension as the search team grew closer and closer to their target.The chase sequence is one of the best I have seen. Manila was an amazing choice of location. It had it's one cheesy moment, but I was holding onto my seat the entire time. I enjoyed the lull after the first part of the chase, and I especially liked the very sharp and conclusive ending. The acting was absolutely spot on.I loved the details that helped to set the tone for certain scenes. For example, the Australian character at the Manila laboratory really helped to create a general overtone of semi-incompetence, which was crucial to the belief that their break-in and escape was actually plausible.I loved the storyline, and found it very refreshing after seeing too many movies that deal with revenge or uncovering conspiracies. Perhaps it says something about my personality, but I really enjoyed the premise that all they wanted to do was get away, and live in peace. I thought the suspense was really well managed, during the scene where the border guards were checking their passports. The final scene of the movie released all of this built-up tension, and I think it was a perfect, happy ending. The ending reminded me of the movie 'Limitless', how the character's world can collapse at any moment, but they make it to the end, and are well-prepared to deal with any threats in the future. So there you go. One 10 star review in a sea of disappointed critics.
I can't understand the negativity some people feel for this film. Its a really exiting story, The cast are great, the stuntwork is great and I want to see more films with these characters.That is pretty much all I wanted to say but I suppose I have to say something else to meet the minimum ten lines.OK Keremy Renner is a great new lead. I may actually prefer him to Matt Damon already and if he does another one I think that'll be a certainty. He is more expressive than Damon, more convincing physically, more likable.Rachel Weisz is the only lead female in this films I even care about. <more>
She can act! More than can be said about Damon's girlfriend or wife or whatever it was that got killed at the earliest opportunity in the second film of the series. Certainly better than Julia " I look 12" Styles as a tacked on vapid love interest.Norton was underused that is true,Keach was too. Why Scott Glenn was in this I have no idea. He looks like the living dead and can barely speak.Motorbike chase was epic. I want a sequel.
Better than I expected! Contains Spoilers!! (by mpcovey)
Boise was lucky enough to get an early look at 'The Bourne Legacy' hosted by producer Frank Marshall. So, 'The Bourne Legacy' isn't a continuation of the previous 3 movies. In fact, 'Legacy' runs concurrently with 'Ultimatum'. Though they are separate movies, some of 'Ultimatum' finds its way into this film. Alex Cross Jeremy Renner is a new breed of super soldier from the Outcome program. The action sequences are top notch. Like the previous 3 movies, there is an awesome chase scene...this time on motorcycles through the streets of Manilla!For <more>
those looking for their Bourne fix, this movie delivers. While Matt Damon's character isn't in this film, Jeremy Renner's performance is a great reboot to this franchise. One negative, if I have to call it a negative, is that the ending of this movie is way too abrupt. I felt like there was more to this movie to come when the ending music hit and the credits rolled. I felt like I had just watched half of a movie.It's obvious there will be another installment.
The Definition of an "Edge-of-Your-Seat" Movie. (by TheReviewPerson)
I was dubious, when going to see this film, that it would live up to the amazing standards that the rest of the Bourne series had created. But I couldn't have been more mistaken! From the very beginning, it got the audience captivated, and even though some may have said it was a slow start, I would disagree and argue that it built up the tension fantastically. But, when the action did get started, I along with the rest of the whole cinema, really was on the edge of my seat. This film balances the action sequences and the calmer sequences perfectly, not to mention with fantastic acting and <more>
off-the-scale believable characters. It didn't take the audience for granted - didn't assume we were all stupid and explain every detail - which, although made it a little harder to follow, really got you thinking and all of your senses like live wires. I think the best part of this film, although there was many, many brilliant factors - were the action sequences. During all of them, my heart was in my mouth it was so tense! Especially in the epic motorcycle scene. I am astounded at how brilliantly they pulled this one off. Yes, the Legacy of the Bourne films lives on. If I could give this a 11/10 I really would - but at the moment we'll just have to settle for the full 10!
Aaron Cross Jeremy Renner , a genetically engineered warrior, needs more meds to keep going. The people who ran illegal black ops fear they will be exposed to the government and decide to kill off all these warriors and the scientists who make the meds so they cannot talk. Basically, this is one big chase movie and it is very exciting. The editing during the foot race, car and motorcycle chases later on are fantastic. I am not sure how much CGI was used as everything looked too real. Great stunts. Kudos. The supporting cast of Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, David Strathaim, Scott Glen, and <more>
Albert Finney do a credible job just as a supporting cast hey, it's not their movie trying to kill off Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing Rachael Weisz the doctor who knows how to make the meds Cross needs. The way Cross and Dr. Shearing are tracked by Col Byer Edward Norton and crew is really incredible as they have access to cameras and satellites worldwide. Quite smooth the way it was done. I had my doubts about Rachael Weisz in this but she proved more than capable and quite sexy beautiful. She couldn't have been any better. Okay, yes, I fell in love with her. Now, why Jeremy Renner as a new action hero? Did you forget his role in Tom Cruise's movie Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol? He did a bang-up job in that one looking out for Cruise's Ethan Hunt and had some moves that opened important casting eyes. So it made sense. See?I almost expected a meeting with Jason Bourne Matt Damon and Aaron Cross because in this movie Jason Bourne is alive and doing his thing. They did show Jason Bourne's picture early in the movie and that got me to thinking about a meeting. Didn't happen. But, may in the next movie as you know these sequels will never end. And, that is a good thing. 9/10 Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.
I have never written a review here, but I felt compelled to actually step up and defend this movie.The Bourne Legacy was everything I expected it to be. It couldn't be too close to the previous Bourne films, but had to be close enough to let us know a storm is coming.Bourne's presence throughout the film is what spins this story into action and I felt it was balanced perfectly. We all want Bourne, but this is Aaron Cross's story. Renner and Weisz were great, but I think the scripting has been derided by many as terrible. I had no issues with anything and even felt compelled by <more>
Renner's character motivation. This was someone yearning to be more, not someone who was already better than everyone else, but just couldn't remember.Let's cross our fingers and hope we all get what we want and pair Bourne and Cross in the next film.There is so much more going on than just Jason Bourne and if we don't get to explore that then the franchise will be poorer for it!
A Solid Continuation That Nevertheless Goes Through the Rhythms (by Simon_Says_Movies)
There is never just one. We've reached our fourth globe-trotting adventure based on the novels of the late Robert Ludlum, and the first without former series lead Matt Damon as the enigmatic superspy Jason Bourne. With its name taken from a 2004 installment not actually penned by Ludlum, The Bourne Legacy explores the ripple effect of the events that played out in The Bourne Ultimatum. While little could be done to cushion the drop in quality that was bound to come with well, anything, that followed that near-masterpiece of action, Jeremy Renner makes an apt substitute and the thrills, <more>
wit and set pieces are all top notch, even if it won't quite have audiences asking, "Jason who?" In the mischievous and highly top secret world of clandestine CIA superspy programs, the program previously known as Treadstone has once again morphed – from Treadstone to Blackbriar and now to Outcome officially known as Alcom , a bio-weapons division in New York State that operates under the ruse of a pharmaceutical research firm. It is through this project that Rachel Weisz's Dr. Marta Shearing crosses path with Outcome agent Aaron Cross, as her employer's cloak-and-dagger endeavors supply its agent with viral treatments that boost both physical and mental efficiency. While on a training procedure in Alaska, Cross is nearly assassinated by his own people after it's been decided by the powers that be that Jason Bourne's actions in "Ultimatum" have metastasized beyond repair and all outlying assets must be eliminated including Dr. Shearing and her peers . Going on the run is one thing for Cross, but now without the pills he has been taking to keep himself stimulated, he faces the threat of crashing like a lifetime heroine addict gone cold turkey – a dire situation which would indefinitely lead to his — and the doctor's — death. With Tony Gilroy, some will be relieved to be done with the shaky cam approach of Paul Greengrass but what does remain intact is Gilroy's dense, jargon-filled dialogue that even if being dumb, always sounds so incredibly smart. There is certainly no mistaking that this is a film from this universe. The Bourne Legacy is easily the goriest of the bunch and at times really pushes the envelope when it comes to a PG-13 rating. As evidenced in the trailers, there is an early-set shooting involving Weisz's character and it is quite disturbing and effective in its robotic ruthlessness. Forget the controversial scene in Gangster Squad that is being reshot due to the Aurora, Colo. shootings, this sequence is bound to give anyone close to that event vivid flashbacks. And speaking of Weisz, even in her quiet moments and she has plenty of loud and quiet she steals her show coming off as both devastated and strong and nimbly sidesteps the oft- seen trope of the shrieking helpless female victim.Gilroy's foray has a number of inspired instances, and though "Legacy" could have used about 15 minutes of trimming, it never bores. There are a number of intense and well-choreographed sequences that aptly showcase Cross' lethality and they're presented with enough frequency amidst the bureaucracy. An electric and immensely entertaining sequence takes place back when Cross is back in Alaska and attempting to avoid a quick death both by a military drone and a pack of wolves. I won't spoil anything, but it puts a whole new spin on the "slip your GPS tracker so your pursuers think you're somewhere else" cliché. At other times, however, it seems like Gilroy is just going down the "Bourne" checklist even down to playing Moby's "Extreme Ways" at the end credits I was really glad about that, actually . Bourne beats up some unsuspecting guards — check. Bourne engages in an extended car chase in an exotic location — check. Bourne evades capture by running along rooftops — check. Another agent is sent to eliminate Bourne — check. The only "check" missing is the inclusion of the man himself. However, in lieu of giving us an utter deconstruction of the series or nothing at all , why should we be disappointed that The Bourne Legacy gives us everything we could expect and at times quite a bit more ?It also becomes clear pretty early on that Damon's Bourne is not the only one who has been given a redux. David Strathairn's Noah Vosen who is under investigation following his attempted cover-up has been given the form of Edward Norton's Eric Byer and Joan Allen's Pamela Landy who is also having problems with her "treason" as it were effectively with Donna Murphy's Dita Mandy only changed one letter in the last name there . It's safe to say, despite strong performances, they feel like a downgrade when recalling the fiery antagonism shared with Vosen and Landy in The Bourne Ultimatum.One thing The Bourne Legacy makes utterly clear is that at the distinguished age of 41, Jeremy Renner has proved himself to be a formidable action hero, both bringing a classic look to Cross but also matching Damon in displays of physicality and athleticism. He has now proved his leading man potential and I look forward to Renner headlining further action adventures be it in this series or others . But after all the conspiracies have been unmasked and the last bullet drained, I still couldn't help but miss Damon in the lead role. We all knew how great he was as Jason Bourne, but it would seem that I at least took his work for granted, perhaps failing to truly appreciate how magnetic he was in his ass-kickery. Let's hope Damon comes to miss his involvement and teams up with Renner in future missions, because that would be an on-screen duo worthy of all kinds of legacies.
The first Bourne trilogy transcends the action movie genre. They are fast and clever. Showing us the intense fist fights and exciting car chases in a new way. It's a remarkable thing. It's so remarkable, many action films intends to copy its style. This fourth movie, The Bourne Legacy, may not have Matt Damon in it but we are expecting it to have the legacy of the first three. Unfortunately, we don't get to see a lot of it, but by its slick direction, great performances, and thrilling set pieces, it made the film worth a ride.The Bourne Legacy is straightforward to its <more>
storytelling, but unlike the first three, this is not quite swift. The exposition mostly leans on the dialogue. Disappointingly, it is not as action packed as the usual Bourne films. The action only shows up in some parts, but when it goes there, it becomes a lot more entertaining. They may be few but all of them are thrillingly exciting.It could have been a little shorter, though. The runtime feels like a stretch. But thanks to the director and the actors for making sure that things won't go dull. Jeremy Renner has the looks of an action hero. Some will say he's just a generic bland actor but they didn't realize that there is a hidden talent in him. He can do more than just physicality. He actually gave more personality to his role. The director seem to slow things down, but he keeps the non-action scenarios gripping.It's practically reasonable why some did not like The Bourne Legacy. The major reason is the element that made the series remarkable is rare in this film. We didn't see anything fast and ridiculous until the third act. But if you have more desire to know the other story behind The Bourne Ultimatum then this will keep you interested. In general, The Bourne Legacy is as gripping as the others. It's true that the main legacy of the series is little here, but if you are not concern about it then you'll think this as a decent blockbuster.