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The Bourne Legacy (DVD)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
The Bourne Legacy (DVD)
Advantages: Classic Cat and Mouse, decent cast, good stunts and fx
Disadvantages: Not as good as Damons efforts
Timings wise this film runs alongside The Bourne Ultimatum so references are made to Jason Bourne throughout. This is made quite clear in the introduction when we are shown footage of the incident in Kings Cross Station, which is shown as live news footage. In this film, while we are given snippets of information about Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) the film actually follows Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner from Hurt Locker) who, like Bourne, is deep undercover in operation Treadstone. When the reporter writes an expose, it is decided that the ops should be shut down, permanently. Unfortunately for Cross, he is the Ops.
At first, I found the film quite slow. For about 15 or so minutes I didn't have a clue what was going on really. I remembered bits from the previous films, but I think that The Bourne Legacy has a certain expectation of its viewer to have remembered key information or to have recently watched the previous films. Given that the last instalment, The Bourne Ultimatum, was released five years ago in 2007, I would imagine that like me, a lot of viewers haven't seen the film since then and so their information will be limited and things may not initially make as much sense as they are perhaps intended to. Once I got the general 'premise' of the film, I did find that things began to click into place but there was a lot of science talk in the film which I would guess the majority of the general public (like me!) would find a little difficult to follow in places.
A lot of the film is pretty decent cat and mouse with some nifty little special effects and stunt work thrown in, but would you expect anything else from the Bourne franchise? There are plenty of 'oh come on, as if' scenes, but I think most film viewers accept this is part and parcel of most action / thrillers now and as long as they are shot well, they are accepted.
Stepping into difficult shoes, I was apprehensive of how we would take to the new lead role when we have all come to know that Bourne goes hand in hand with Matt Damon. Renner actually does a pretty good job and I settled happily into the film with him as the lead character. Renner is pretty well known for his role in The Hurt Locker which saw him rise to fame, but he has also had roles in big budget movies such as Avengers and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I think he was perfect for this role and although well known, he is a relative newcomer which I like. It wouldn't have worked if they had cast someone unknown, or equally someone such as Tom Cruise who seems hot property at the moment (again!).
Apart from Renner, the film stays pretty loyal with much of the big characters from the previous films. Edward Norton returns and he is my golden boy of movies, I love him! Rachel Weisz is a bit of totty for the guys despite playing a bit of a wet Dr. She is slightly sickly in this but I think it's what the role needed rather than Weisz being a bit of a drip. Apparently the Director had a field day when Weisz's husband (none other than Daniel Craig) visited on set in Manila, and the Director had Bond and Bourne (or his replacement nonetheless) on the same set!
Story wise, the film once it gets going, is pretty easy to follow in this respect and as I mentioned before is a classic cat and mouse. Nothing heavy going and it isn't quite as sophisticated as the first three but it's still a pretty decent watch and really enjoyable too.
Summary: 4 stars