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The Bourne Legacy Movie Review

Updated on August 30, 2012

The Bourne Legacy - Jeremy Renner

Failing To Beat Jason Bourne

After reading a few movie reviews on the Bourne Legacy and seeing how well it's performing at the box office, I thought I'll do what most people would do and buy a movie ticket and enjoy the show. Sadly, the enjoyment was short lived. Although the movie makes mention of Jason Bourne and the previous Bourne movies, the Bourne Legacy fails to properly connect the previous movies with the latest movie in the series. Jason Bourne, Treadstrone, Blackbriar - all of which were elements most of us enjoyed and were fascinated by in the previous films. With critics making note that Jeremy Renner would star just as well as Matt Damon in the previous Bourne movies is something which I'm questioning.

After watching The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, I knew this would be a tough job for director Tony Gilroy, and unfortunately, neither the film nor the directing lived up to my expecations. Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross didn't seem to have that same engaging personality, character and action about him as Matt Damon did in the previous Bourne movies. Sadly, the story was a flop in my opinion, with half of the movie leading to a climax that was never delivered. Edward Norton starred as one of the retired soldiers working with the agency set out to hunt and destroy a number of trained operatives including Aaron Cross. Unfortunately, Edward Norton didn't seem to be the best actor to play this role. As someone who in other movies would appear as a cheeky, mischievous and deceptive, the role of a determined agency leader just didn't seem to suit his persona.

If you're looking for something with the same thrill, story, action and suspense as the previous Bourne movies, you'll be disappointed. My best advice is to go in there, forget everything you know about all the other Bourne movies and then make a judgement. Even then I'm sure you'll have elements of doubt in the overall story and the references made to Jason Bourne and Treadstone. As a whole, the movie was no more than above ordinary, with a viewer rating of 6/10.


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      DeviousOne 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the comment carter06. I think it might be one of those things where either you love it as a sort of stand alone movie or feel as though you're missing out after being comfortable with Matt Damon in a Bourne movie. Glad to best your views. I just wish they had more elements of action throughout, more of an insight in Aaron Cross and more of a tie in with the other movies.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh my gosh I just went to see it and I loved it! So sorry to disagree with you DeviousOne but I'm such a fan of the Bourne series. But I do agree it's best to go in without thinking it will be the same as the others, which is what I did and it helped not expecting to see Matt Damon and the character he portrays as Bourne...I think it def was a tough job for the director & I'm not sure why he took that direction but I loved the action never the less...thanks for writing this review & sharing it as I'm keen to no what others think... Voted useful & interesting...Cheers