The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy (2012)
The Bourne Legacy (2012) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Frankie B. (Two Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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The Bourne franchise is one of the better franchises in Hollywood at this current time. Each of the first three movies had a bankable star (Matt Damon), brutal fight sequences, and excellent stories. When Matt Damon was said to not be involved in the fourth installment, people were understandably skeptical about the future of the series. Jeremy Renner was brought into the series, fresh off his roles in The Town and The Hurt Locker, to be the new main character of the Bourne series. The screenwriter of the first three films also stepped into the role of director as well as co-writer which was another good sign for the franchise. The additions of Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac to the cast also piqued my interest in the film.

The story of The Bourne Legacy runs side by side with The Bourne Ultimatum when things are going horribly for the clandestine operations of the United States government. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an agent in the Outcome program, is in Alaska on a training exercise when the events of the third film are taking place. The head of the clandestine operations of the US are doing everything they can to contain an outpouring of information about their programs and missions from occurring in the near future. They begin to dispose of everyone associated with the programs and plan on rebuilding each program from the ground up. Cross is one of the assets that is marked for disposal but he decides to fight back.

We need him in another movie in the franchise.

A Toast

As in all the Bourne movies, the action throughout the film is fantastic. The fights and shootouts are incredibly choreographed and the chase scene on the motorcycles at the end of the film was one of my favorite chase sequences of the franchise. Jeremy Renner also brings a breath of fresh air to the series as his character is fully aware of his actions and the actions of the program that he is a part of. Jason Bourne’s amnesia kind of became stale throughout the first three movies, so the introduction of an agent who is aware of everything he did in the past was a welcome addition.

Renner’s chemistry with Weisz was fantastic as well and the scenes that they share are the best in the movie by far. Having Edward Norton play the main antagonist was also a very inspired choice. It has been a while since I have seen Norton in something that was worth watching and he was great in the movie playing the bureaucrat who is trying to do everything in his power to cover his ass. I am not going to spoil the plot for anyone, but at a certain point they start to introduce light science fiction elements into the film and they actually make sense. That was a huge surprise and I hope they elaborate on those elements in future installments.

You wouldn’t like Ed Norton when he gets angry.

Beer Two

The simple fact is that Matt Damon was a better lead in the first three movies. I’m not saying that Jeremy Renner does a bad job, it is just that Damon did a better job in the same franchise. The movie also spends a lot of time in the beginning establishing a reason for this movie to even exist. In the first three movies there were only two programs named and then in this movie a whole more bunch pop up out of nowhere. You also don’t get a real sense that the “bad guy” in the movie is really evil. Norton plays the character as a man who is trying to protect the reputation of the United States by not letting all of the facts of the operations become public.  I also wished there were more action scenes in the movie, but that is a minor complaint because the action scenes are so great that I always want more action scenes in these movies.

Verdict

This is a great addition to the Bourne franchise and on its own it is a great spy thriller. It is the third best movie in the franchise right behind The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Ultimatum. There is definitely room for the franchise to grow from here, telling fresh stories about Aaron Cross and his future adventures.

 

Drinking Game

Take A Drink: every time Jason Bourne is mentioned

Take A Drink: every time Aaron Cross does something no human could possibly do.

Do A Shot: every time Aaron Cross acts like a crazed junkie.

About Frankie B.

A kid from New York that fell in love with the magic of movies. Fascinated by every facet of the movie industry. Really love B-quality horror movies and psychological thrillers. Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

One comment

  1. Excuse the rant but I’d like to add:

    Beer 3 – Because the story in its entirety is incredibly weak. Like you said, 1/3 of the film is purely justifying WHY there is a film. So you sit there, 30 minutes in, wondering where or when the film has actually started. Beyond that, scenes are stuck together with some sort of flimsy premise of a narrative, but all we are really seeing are familiar faces from other films to make us feel somewhat connected to it all. We really are only in this still for the action, which is delivered in spades. Renner even punches a wolf, in the face! It doesn’t help that at no point do you care for any character other than Weisz’s damsel in distress.

    Beer 4 – Because the characters are undeveloped to the point of pointlessness. Government officials move on and off the screen faster than Aaron Crosses punches. Aaron Cross has a poor and almost unjustifiable motivation for his actions. Ed Norton’s character has even less, and a solitary flashback containing the two does nothing to help. Morally, everyone is in it up to the necks, so how can we like any of them? And attempting to gain a moment of sympathy with Aaron Cross was so forced and wide of the mark, it was like pulling teeth!

    Beer 5 – Because the ending is incredibly, nay, stupefyingly bad. Our main antagonists, Ed Norton et al, disappear for the final part and call in a substitute. The other chap, whose name I forget, lets call him L.O.R.A.X – 3 appears only to inspire what, I must admit, was a quality chase, but even the chase ends in an abrupt and uninspired way. Not a lot has changed when it finally ends from where it gets to an hour in. Its an empty and hollow ending as our main antagonists are still out there, unaccounted for and without comment.

    Feeling brave? Take a sip every time you see a character whose name you won’t remember in 10 seconds.

    Feeling invincible? Take a shot every time you hear or see another government programme or agency.

    Or maybe you disagree…

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