OK people, the much anticipated review of the new 'The Bourne Legacy'
which we saw yesterday.
I read a review on line which summed up this movie pretty well"If Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum were the cheeky entry, mouth-watering main, and delectable dessert, respectively, watching this fourquel feels like finally receiving the bill."
I first have to say, I was, and have been, just a huge fan of the Bourne series. I watched Identity right when it came out and followed suit with Supremacy and then Ultimatum. When Jason swam away at the end of Ultimatum, you just knew there would be another in the series. Then when I read they were making a 4th Bourne movie and Matt Damon was not going to be in it, I said, WHAT THE ****. How is this going to be possible??
Now that I've seen the new movie, I'll try and explain. This movie is not about Jason Bourne, though he is mentioned thru out the movie. It is about another agent, basically taking place the same time that Jason is roaming around the streets of NY. It incorporates many of the facts from the other 3 movies and then tries to go off on it's own.
My first reaction when we left the theater was why was it even incorporated into the Bourne series and only one reason came out, for the Bourne name. That name in the movie title is gold right now, and this movie will make loads of money by just putting Bourne into the title. I felt if it had a completely different title, the movie might have been a lot better than it was.
If you are a fan of the Bourne series, you have come to expect certain things from the series: action, suspense, more action, a steel minded killer we are all rooting for. This new entree into the Bourne series offers us not much on any of those counts.
First I never bought into Jeremy Renner as the new sort of agent like Jason Bourne, Aaron Cross. He has been around, but I just see him with this baby face and never for one minute thought he was the steel minded killer that Jason Bourne was, yet they want you to believe this.
The action, what there is of it, isn't that good, at least for a Bourne movie. that is why I said if this movie were called something else, maybe you wouldn't expect certain elements from it. Good chase scene at the end, but even that falls short of any of the past two Bourne entrees.
And to try and decipher the plot, what was really going on, as just too much. From the past 3 Bourne movies, you got an idea what was going on, Jason was searching for who he is and was and all the underhanded dealing going on around that. In this move, they deal with Treadstone, but that is the tip of some enormous iceberg that I still don't understand.
OK, overall, Being a movie with a Bourne name in the title, I would give it a thumbs down. it just lacked what a Bourne movie should be giving you. The first half was just way too talky, but once things got going in the last 1/3 of the movie, it wasn't that bad.
Should you go see it, that is up to you. Personally, I would wait for the DVD, and in Jim's case, the Blu ray.
PSS. They certainly have left the door open for more of this new agent, but also, they have also said that maybe, just maybe, Jason might be back one day. After all he had to swim away to somewhere.