The Bourne Legacy Reviewed

I love a good spy film and with the success of the previous trilogy, I was very excited to catch this new one. With Tony Gilroy (who probably knows more about Bourne than any person on this planet) you could trust that he knows what he’s doing with this new spin off.

The Plot

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original 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 films.

For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles

The Verdict

It’s a Bourne film that keeps to the tradition. It starts slow but builds the plot very carefully and by the time it hits the climax, you’re holding on to the edge of your seat. While there are mentions of Jason Bourne throughout the film, make no mistake this story centers around Aaron Cross a fellow subject of the Tredstone experiement or is it just Tredstone?….perhaps it goes even deeper than that.

This precisely what we discover in this film and we see the big cheese, people even more powerful than the likes that we’ve seen in the original trilogy.

The new comers hold their own very well, i felt that Jeremy Renner’s physicality made him less innocent than Matt Damon and more believable as a ruthless assassin. Rachel Weisz enters the franchise as a doctor who is involved in the project, she has answers for Aaron Cross but in tradition Bourne fashion, she doesn’t know everything.

I think the standout performer for me was Edward Norton. His origin is really explained but it is very clear that he is in charge, he knows what to do and he won’t stop to indulge in emotions. His mission seems to be bigger than any human being and that’s what worked for me. I mean if you’re gonna be involved in a top secret government project then nothing else should matter right.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of the franchise then go see this one. Jeremy Renner is a great new lead and the fight scenes are solid. I’m glad to see a classic car chase but was a little disappointed that there weren’t more hand to hand fights.

By Elliott Danker

The Bourne Legacy opens in cinemas 8 Aug

Images courtesy of United International Pictures

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