The Bourne Legacy
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The Bourne Legacy takes the action-packed Bourne series to an explosive new level. On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government's intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs - even the agents involved. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started. Also starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, critics are calling this a "thrilling, edge-of-your-seat heart-pounder" (Meg Porter Berns, WSVN-TV (FOX), Miami).
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The Bourne Legacy is an exciting movie that takes place soon after the events of the Bourne Trilogy movies. Jeremy Renner plays agent Aaron Cross, who has been genetically manipulated and enhanced through the use of experimental drugs. The agents in this program, known only by their number, are constantly assessed for response to the chemicals which require daily maintenance doses.
As a result of Jason Bourne's actions, the agency, now under intense scrutiny, has elected to shut the program down. The agents involved in the program, who will die if not properly cycled off the meds, are considered collateral damage. The movie is essentially about Cross dealing with the sudden loss of medication, as well as being a target for reasons he doesn't understand. Rachel Weisz plays a scientist involved in the program who becomes Cross's unlikely ally. Ed Norton plays the CIA boss in charge of shutting it all down and leaving no loose ends.
I didn't think this movie had the intensity of the original Bourne movies but, I still really enjoyed it. It is fast paced, well written and well acted.
So when the Gilroy brothers decided to go with a new "Bourne"-like character, it would be a huge feat to keep the momentum going while retaining the fans for future installments. They insert rising lead-role actor Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, another operative under a new program of operatives (called Outcome) who are enhanced through a regime of drug-treatments that enhance their physical and mental abilities. When the events of The Bourne Ultimate (2007) break out, one of the heads of the program, Colonel Byer (Ed Norton), decides to shut down the entire thing, including implementing the morally disastrous decision to end the lives of the Outcome operatives who are serving their nation and unknowingly have no access what will happen to them. Byer believes that the Bourne events will not only exploit the CIA's hidden deep cover programs, but theirs as well, so he seeks a complete "burn to the ground" of Outcome and re-build of it.
Cross is targeted, as well as Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz), who is one of the main scientists in R&D of the implementation of the drugs. Cross goes on a Bourne-like hunt for Shearing as his body will have an eventual breakdown from the lack of medication ("chems") as he is totally dependent on them for survival.
I enjoyed this movie for what it is, a new direction in the Bourne series. I believe that many people were not as happy with the film was because, and rightfully so, it is a Bourne film, so we expect a similar themes, action, and drama that we saw in the first three. However, as a standalone movie this movie brings something fresh to the table with a new intelligent twist in the spy genre- the implementation of super soldier status among field operatives. What is the moral, emotional, and physical price of creating spies for the field who are deemed expendable? Bourne was traversing Europe and America for his memories. Cross becomes a new hero in his own right because he is left out in the cold by his former employers and is now racing against the clock to get his body and mind back.
In terms of action, it is not original Bourne-like where there are frequent fight and car chase scenes. But as a movie itself, it does a good job of using the similar themes of the Bourne franchise and going somewhere new with it. It may not be for everyone, but it does a good job in my book nonetheless.
He's not Bourne, but he is a great individual character that needs more where this comes from.
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I bought the blu ray a few months ago. I tried watching it but found the opening scenes too slow.Read more