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The Bourne Legacy
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I gave this an overall rating of four stars because I found the movie to be interesting, engaging, with a good story and some really good action scenes. I found that I cared about the primary characters - Renner and Weisz. This tells me that the characters were fairly well developed and interesting
Renner's character, Aaron Cross, would have been more compelling if more of his backstory came out sooner, and if his pathetic origin were presented differently. I think Weisz' character could have used more backstory too - all I know about her is that she's an attractive scientist with a top secret clearance.
The story is really good. But this movie could have been a classic if the plot were tightened up and presented differently - too much dialogue where 'showing' instead of 'talking' would have got it across to the viewer better - this is especially true during the first part of the film.
The camera work was excellent. With more experience, I think Gilroy's skills in this area will improve to a level near Greengrass' excellent abilities. Also, there's lots of good acting in this movie.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics are currently tabulating at 51% positive, while the audience is at 70%. I think the critics (overall) are getting it wrong - primarily, I think, because they're comparing it to the high standards set by the previous Bourne movies.
This is a high-quality production that tells a good story. In addition, I felt an emotional connection with the main characrters - I cared about them. For these reasons, I strongly recommend it.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this side-story of the Bourne movies. And for anyone wondering--Jeremy Renner is NOT playing Jason Bourne's character. Jeremy Renner plays a different character.Published 7 hours ago by Scotti
The movie could have done without the swearing. The inappropriate language did nothing to enhance the characters.Published 11 hours ago by Diana J. Green
I really like the Bourne Trilogy. I skipped this one on principle when it was released. I finally decided to relent and watch it. Big mistake. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jennifer W
Jason Bourne fans will not like this movie. Tedious, could not wait for it to end. Never cared about the characters.Published 1 day ago by Debra Cade
I love the Bourne series, but this one was nothing special. Mildly entertaining, not as much action as the others.Published 2 days ago by Timothy Slegers
It was ok but we expect to see Matt Damon in a Bourne movie.Published 2 days ago by Angela Rodriguez