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Great addition to the Bourne franchise,
This review is from: The Bourne Legacy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
The Bourne Legacy does not feature Matt Damon's character, Jason Bourne. Instead a new agent, Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner, is introduced. Aaron Cross is similar to Jason Bourne in many ways and there are hints that he is a genetically improved version of the agents that Treadstone created. Rachel Weisz plays Cross' romantic interest, Edward Norton plays the main antagonist, and Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, and Scott Glenn return as Landy, Vosen, Hirsch and Kramer, respectively, all from previous Bourne installments.
The movie also attempts to tie in the previous Bourne movies and their plots into this installment. Most interesting about this movie is that it builds on what we have learned in the last three movies, but promises that Jason Bourne was just the beginning and that the conspiracy is much larger than just the Treadstone project.
After Treadstone was revealed by Bourne and Landy at the end of the third movie the CIA and top government officials attempt to erase all traces of Operation Outcome which includes disposing of Aaron Cross. Operation Outcome is similar to Treadstone in that it creates assassins but the main difference is that the Outcome agents are 'created' with the use of genetic modification. The central plot of the movie revolves around Renner's character, Aaron Cross, as he attempts to find more pills to sustain his super strength, intellect and ability, while dodging men sent to eliminate him and other Outcome agents.
The movie itself started very slowly while they attempted to tie in everything from the last Bourne movie into this. New scenes were inserted into Bourne film #3 to explain why the CIA was attempting to eliminate Project Outcome and then moves towards silencing Landy. While it is much slower paced than the last Bourne film, the action scenes that were shown were amazing! The rooftop chase was my favorite, and the ending seems much more carefree than the last three Bourne movies. They also introduce LARX, another program where agents were genetically improved, and one of their agents goes after Cross. Without any ties to Treadstone or Outcome, LARX seems to be given a free pass. I wish more of that was explored or that the antagonist was harder to eliminate. Hopefully there will be more to come!
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Initial post: Aug 9, 2012 3:34:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2012 3:36:17 PM PDT
N. Schoenfeld says:
Nice preview, but have you actually seen the movie? This feels more like a marketing preview, and less of a review of the actual film.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2012 9:21:04 PM PDT
How did you see the movie? You do know the movie just came out in theatres 28 minutes ago for the certain theaters having a midnight release and some how you write a review weeks ago?
I call bs review.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2012 12:26:40 AM PDT
N. Schoenfeld says:
I agree. There is not one part of this review that shows that the person actually saw the movie. I could have written the same review by watching a trailer and visiting Universal's website.
It almost seems as if this review is an attempt to market the movie, which I really hope is not the case.
Posted on Apr 27, 2013 10:31:13 PM PDT
Excellent review. Darcy Bee. I concur with your review and disagree with the comments that it read like a marketing ploy and that you may not have seen the movie. I think your summation and analysis were excellent and with the way it ended I believe there will be more in the Bourne saga.
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