The Bourne Legacy

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

I have always been an avid follower of the Bourne movie series, so it was important for me to see The Bourne Legacy in the theater.  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed after seeing the next film in this amazing series.  Something was missing from the overall story, and the poor plot and acting did not help the film.

To begin with, the acting and character development in The Bourne Legacy was subpar.  Jeremy Renner’s performance was average, and I now fully believe that a Bourne movie without Matt Damon can hardly considered a Bourne movie.  The lead female character, played by Rachel Weisz, was disappointing.  In all of the other Bourne movies, the lead female character was active and helpful to Bourne.  She was well trained and skilled, but in The Bourne Legacy, the leading lady Dr. Marta Shearing was the opposite.  At points, she was giving her and Aaron Cross away to the authorities, screaming and falling off of motorcycles and acting completely unintelligent.

 If you have not seen the other three Bourne films, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, then The Bourne Legacy does not make much sense.  Items from the other three films, such as Treadstone and Blackbriar, are referenced spontaneously and without explanation.  It took me a while to figure out that Aaron Cross is a part of a completely separate undercover CIA program that is similar to what Jason Bourne was a part of.

The catch phrase “there was never just one”, along with the inclusion of the word legacy in the title, led me to believe that this film would be about Bourne’s son or perhaps even his distant cousin.  Instead, Jason Bourne and all references to him were nowhere to be found.  He is certainly staying under the radar well!

Several other aspects of The Bourne Legacy did not sit well with me.  For example, in the first twenty minutes, there are probably about ten different scenes.  The rapid nature of the scene changes make the film difficult to follow, and add unnecessary tension to the story.  In addition, the car chase scene is extremely long, and it is filmed in short snippets that make it difficult to see what is actually occurring.

If you are looking for a basic and formulaic action film with a fairly thin plot line, then I would recommend The Bourne Legacy.  If you are a Bourne fanatic, then this one is definitely one to save for a DVD rental. Perhaps the movie series should have ended as a trilogy.

 (photo from interaksyon.com)

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