Run Time: 135 min.
Director: Tony Gilroy
Let me start off this review by stating that I am a huge fan of the original Bourne Trilogy. The combination of Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon was lethal with the launch of the initial episode. I found myself going out of my way to go and see all of the original trilogy the weekend that they opened and I have to say that I really enjoyed all three of them even though as we progressed through the three we lost Mr. Liman and Greengrass as we progress the previous three movies. We now find ourselves missing all of the above stated individuals and having to jump into a semi reboot of a series.
Just as the first one began and the most recent one ended we start Legacy with a figure floating in the water. As this figure breaks the surface we are introduced to Aaron Cross (JeremyRenner) as he makes his way across the Alaskan wilderness where in which is it nearly 20 minutes before we even hear him speak a word. During this same time we find ourselves being reintroduced to the events of the last 45 minutes of the previous Bourne film which assist in laying the ground work for the events of this movie.
Essentially, with Jason Bourne exposing the Treadstone Project the puppet masters behind all of these elite killer programs that the US government is running need to be shut down immediately due to the blow back of the exposure of Treadstone. This responsibility is in the hands of Edward Norton’s (Eric Byer) and those in the CIA and other black ops programs in the US government. Byer makes the decision that the only way to save his own Outcome Program is to burn all of the other programs to the ground. Where in which our story begins.
As Byer fails at taking our Cross in the Alaskan wilderness we are set on a adventure very similar and structured identically along the lines of the previous three movies. We have the standard three different settings (Alaska, Washington D.C. and Manila) we also are guest to one massive action sequence (two or three less than its predecessors) and three strong characters in Renner, Weisz and Norton.
The story differs from the previous three as Damon’s Bourne is trying to figure out his true identity and get revenge against the Treadstone program while Renner is on a global adventure to get his one last fix. As we find out that this generation of super killers that Renner comes from are dependent upon taking a blue and green pill everyday to not only stay super human but to simply stay alive. It is this drug treatment that introduces us to Rachel Weisz’s character of Marta Shearing. Shearing is a geneticist who works for the corporation that has been contracted by the government to manipulate the DNA of these individuals and make them part of the Outcome Program. The problem is that when Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) exposes Treadstone and Blackbriar the government tries to kill the scientists to. Through flashbacks we discover that Marta and Aaron previously meet during one of his many “check in” with the Outcome Project and she is lucky enough to have Aaron come to her rescue at the last minute. These events lead us on a journey to Manila so that Aaron Cross can free himself of the binds of the chemical dependency of the blue and green pill. All of this comes together in a large scale action scene on motorcycles in the streets of Manila that unlike the first two Bourne movies lacks the slick camera cuts and white knuckle journeys we have comes to expect from the Bourne movies.
Simply put, is Bourne Legacy a decent movie worth your 2 hours of your summer? Yes it is. The problem with the movie comes from its overall pace. It spends too much time trying to create a crossover from the previous movie while trying to introduce us to a new protagonist. The overall flow of the movie made me feel like I was in the car with a 15 year old kid whom just received their learners permit and is trying to learn to drive stick. The excessive starting and stopping and jumping back and for begins to wear on you over time.
Overall Grade – B