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The Bourne Legacy
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Dec 31, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Tony Gilroy

Actors:
Jeremy Renner
Rachel Weisz
Edward Norton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
If you squint really hard, you won't realize he's not Jason Bourne!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

Click here for my review of the original Bourne trilogy.

"Well, that was probably as good as a Matt Damon-less BOURNE movie could be." That's what I thought walking out of THE BOURNE LEGACY and it still holds true. For a film that was made for monetary reasons and not creative ones, it definitely could be worse. At best, LEGACY feels just like the other Bourne movies, so if that's all you're looking for then you should be happy with the results, Damon or no Damon. If you're expecting it to take the franchise in a new, different direction or expand the mythology… not so much.

Jeremy Renner had big shoes to fill here but Hawkeye does pretty well taking over the franchise. He's definitely got the cunning physicality and tough badassery needed, and though the role doesn't require much in the way of acting (emotionless super soldiers are like that), he's given one or two scenes to make the character his own. At least enough so you don't think he's playing a literal Damon clone. Rachel Weisz is convincing and appealing as the damsel in distress, albeit an intelligent one, and her and Renner's story and chemistry together is fairly strong and surprisingly equal in screentime. Same can't be said for the wasted Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, etc. as the movie's generic bad guys.

But most importantly the action scenes and techno-thriller aspect work on the same level you're accustomed to with the Bourne movies. Renner's Aaron Cross is hard hitting and violent when he needs to be, whether he's taking out nameless federal agents or, in one of the film's most memorable sequence, a live wolf. The series' longtime writer Dan Gilroy steps up to the plate as director, and the action and energy helps LEGACY to feel very much a part of the same universe. There's definitely something intangible missing without Paul Greengrass that made the last two more memorable, but Gilroy's no slouch. The lengthy and exhilarating final chase is evidence enough.

THE EXTRAS

Commentary by writer/director Tony Gilroy, writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second unit director Dan Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson: This is a big group (not to mention a serious family affair) so there's a wide range of expert information dispensed throughout this track. A dense, but fun listen.

Deleted Scenes (6:47): There's a bit more Albert Finney in these three fairly short and useless extra scenes, with optional commentary from the Gilroy Family and DP Elswit.

Re-Bourne (6:10): A brief featurette on how the creative powers made the decision to carry on the franchise without Matt Damon. ($$$$)

Enter Aaron Cross (7:10): Renner speaks about taking over the challenging role and making it his own.

Crossing Continents (8:22): Follow cast and crew as they shoot on location around the world.

Moving Targets (6:11): Some interviews discussing balancing Renner and Weisz's characters.

Capturing Chaos (7:48): Go behind the scenes with the film's climactic and effective motorcycle chase.

Man vs. Wolf (4:36): A look at how they pulled off the wolf fight using real wolves and fancy puppets.

Wolf Sequence Test (1:40): An animated storyboard sequence for the wolf fight.

A DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy is also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

THE BOURNE LEGACY is more of the same, which for most fans of the franchise, is good news. I wouldn't say no to another trilogy with Jeremy Renner.

Extra Tidbit: Daniel Craig visited his wife Rachel Weisz during production, meaning at one point Jason Bourne and James Bond were on the same set.

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5:32PM on 12/31/2012

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I was just talking about this flick to someone the other day! I saw this in the theatre and liked it. I just liked it. At first viewing it's just a non-stop heartstopping race to the end of the film. It's action jampacked. The end is kind of sudden IMO but whatever. I picked up the bluray and watched it and liked it so much more! I watched it three times since. I think the writing is smart and acting is very good. I think the problem lies with the editing. The Bourne movies are known for
I was just talking about this flick to someone the other day! I saw this in the theatre and liked it. I just liked it. At first viewing it's just a non-stop heartstopping race to the end of the film. It's action jampacked. The end is kind of sudden IMO but whatever. I picked up the bluray and watched it and liked it so much more! I watched it three times since. I think the writing is smart and acting is very good. I think the problem lies with the editing. The Bourne movies are known for their quick cuts, (yeah, I know, they get old after a while, ) I think they are used to poor effect in this film in particular with the Dialogue in Ed Norton's scenes. Ed's an amazing actor but you dont see enough of Ed simmering in this film. He's just very intense. He's yelling and we dont see the immediate reaction to that yelling just CUT to what results elsewhere from all that yelling. I think it really takes away form the story and performance of the actors involved. That said the rest of the film is great and when you watch it again and actually get to absorb some of whats being said , some of the story explaining all the action, it gets much better. I really enjoyed it much more once I was able to understand all that was going on. It's GREAT to look at and I look forward to more with Renner in the Aaron Cross role.
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