The Bourne Legacy Synopsis
In The Bourne Legacy, writer/director Tony GIlroy expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
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Will We See Matt Damon As Jason Bourne Again? 10/11/2012 1:47 PM EDT
Fans of the original Bourne trilogy were buoyed earlier in the summer when it was revealed that a future movie may team up stars Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner. Even Damon himself seemed to be happy with the idea; his only stipulation would be that Paul Greengrass would have to direct. Catch the latest Bourne adventure, The Bourne Legacy, on Bl... More>>
Bourne Legacy Sequel Confirmed 9/18/2012 3:44 PM EDT
Universal has confirmed that they are actively developing a follow up movie to Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy".NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke made the announcement at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Media, Communications & Technology conference.Also, the announcement was made that Seth MacFarlane's summer hit comedy "Ted" is also going to get a second outing with Burke stati... More>>
Bourne Series To Continue With Jeremy Renner 7/23/2012 10:53 AM EDT
With less than three weeks to go until the theatrical release of the fourth "Bourne" movie, the film's Producer, Frank Marshall, has been discussing what lies ahead for the franchise at a recent press event. At the end of June, it was widely rumored that a fifth movie was being planned which would see Legacy actor Jeremy Renner's character, Aaron, teaming up with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) once aga... More>>
Win Complimentary Passes to See an Advance Screening of Universa... 7/18/2012 3:30 PM EDT
Universal Pictures will release the highly anticipated film, THE BOURNE LEGACY, starring Jeremy Renner on Friday, August 10th, 2012 and for all you fans that are living in South Florida; we have a way for you to catch a complimentary screening of it early.Simply join the mission by tweeting using the button below and following FlickDirect on twitter. All names will be entered... More>>
Damon and Renner to Team Up for Future Bourne? 6/27/2012 10:22 AM EDT
While promoting "The Bourne Legacy", Jeremy Renner, Tony Gilroy and Frank Marshall all spoke about the future of the Bourne series.Renner commented about how his character differs from Bourne, saying that he is "coming from a completely different background to Jason [Bourne]. He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this...He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military the... More>>
The Bourne Legacy Release Delayed 6/22/2012 4:22 PM EDT
Universal has announced that they will be delaying the August 3 release of "The Bourne Legacy". The delay is due to the release of Son'y "Total Recall" and Warner Bros/Legendary's "The Dark Knight Rises". "Just as THE AVENGERS demonstrated marketplace sustainability that well outpaced traditional patterns earlier this summer, the industry expects a similar traje... More>>
Tony Gilroy Discusses The Bourne Legacy 4/18/2012 11:38 AM EDT
Tony Gilroy, director of the "Bourne" franchise, spoke with MTV news recently, about some changes that will be seen in the next film of the franchise, "The Bourne Legacy".By now, everyone knows that Jeremy Renner will be taking over the leading role, but there will be some techniccal changes as well. They have decided to ditch their trademark "shaky-cam" visuals. "Everybody in the world ripped us... More>>
Jeremy Renner Talks Bourne Legacy 11/22/2011 10:53 AM EDT
Jeremy Renner, star of the upcoming "Bourne" film, recently Empire Online an interview and talked about his character."My character is called Aaron Cross, but he ends up having a bunch of different names. For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new program and new characters."He also went on to say that film will still be very much a part of the... More>>
Rachel Weisz to Star in "Bourne Legacy" 5/12/2011 3:02 PM EDT
Deadline has reported that Rachel Weisz of "mummy" fame, will be starring in the upcoming film, "The Bourne Legacy".The actress will possibly star alongside Jeremy Renner, who was offered the lead role int he film. There is no confirmation yet as to whether or not he has accepted the part.Weisz will also be starring in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful", which begins shooting... More>>
The Search for "Bourne" Continues 3/25/2011 5:10 PM EDT
Finding a replacement for Matt Damon won't be easy, but creators of the "Bourne Identity" franchise are certainly trying their best to fill his shoes.The list is now narrowed down to four possibilities. All four actors will be doing screen tests in April for the role. Said actors are Luke Evans, Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper and Garrett Hedlund.Currently out of the running are Jake Gyllenhaal, Mic... More>>
Matt Damon Talk Bourne 12/8/2009 12:05 AM EDT
In a recent interview, Matt Damon spoke about the future of the "Bourne" series of films, now that Paul Greengrass is no longer working on the franchise. Damon said, "I'll just wait for him and when he wants to do one, we'll do it...I think it'll happen down the road. We just don't have a script yet." When asked if he would forfeit doing the project in Greengrass's absence, he answered, &qu... More>>
Universal Studios Home Entertainment GIVES CONSUMERS ULTIMATE CO... 12/1/2009 9:56 PM EDT
Universal City, California, December 1, 2009 - In a move that is poised to elevate the Blu-ray™ Hi-Def format and provide consumers with the ultimate in convenience and viewing flexibility, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) announced the introduction of groundbreaking dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD versions of some of Hollywood's most iconic films. An industry ... More>>
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The Bourne Legacy Staff Review
Director Tony Gilroy takes his time spooling out The Bourne Legacy just avoiding the snooze factor in this forth installment of the Bourne series. The film is steeped in a lot of superfluous character build up, long periods of uneventful scenes and an outcome that doesn't deliver. If you are looking for an action thriller from this fourth Bourne you'll have to sit back and be patient.
This edition has little to do with the other three episodes that involve Jason Bourne. The only connection being that CIA's Treadstone operation in which Bourne belongs and another secret agency called Outcome, where we find a different kind of assassin Aaron Cross, are both overseen by the same director.
We are brought into the story during the finale of The Bourne Ultimatum as Jason Bourne has reached New York City out for revenge over Treadstone's plan to delete him from the system. Knowing that Bourne's actions will expose Treadsone's illegal operation, other agencies associated with the secret operation have to close down including Outcome. Ret. Colonel Eric Byer (Edward Norton), the director of a black-line agency that heads up both Treadstone and Outcome makes the decision to kill off the six agents in Outcome thereby erasing it from existence.
For months Outcome's Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) has been training as an assassin using experimental drugs to enhance his abilities. Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), a research scientist who's responsible for the development of the drug, is monitoring him. Cross still training in a remote region of the world finds out that he has been targeted for extermination. Now on the run and in a bad position since he needs the program drugs to keep him alive, he starts on a trek to find Dr. Marta Shearing. Without his special meds his body will fail and with time running out things are looking bleak.
Tony Gilroy who wrote all four Bourne films for the screen makes his first attempt at directing this fourth edition. It's a huge mistake because like most screenplay writers who attempt to do this end up drawing out the production, adding a lot of extra information and dragging the story down. Also, Gilroy doesn't really give his audience pertinent sequences to understand what is going on. Instead he assumes his audience has either picked up enough information from previous films (of which there was nothing about Outcome) or has read the press notes like we do.
While Renner does hold his own as the assassin on the run, other key players however are not as stellar. Weak and dry Edward Norton's character doesn't provide the necessary excitement to be the initiator of the violence that follows Cross to the other side of the world. There's no urgency in his voice and doesn't show any pressure being put on him. Other wishy-washy characters include Stacy Keach as ret. Admiral Mark Turso, Byer's chief advisor who doesn't seem to panic considering Treadway's going down and he's just finding out about Outcome.
Now, I was nicely surprised by the performance of Rachel Weisz as the medical scientist who reluctantly comes to the aid of Cross. The chase scenes are action filled with some fine stunts that feature Rachel's athletic ability while keeping her character involved in the mayhem.
Also on the positive side The Bourne Legacy does have some very exciting chase scenes performed all around Manila, Philippines. The staging, stunts and cinematography are extremely good giving some much-needed thrills to the long periods of suspense and unnecessary build up. While Renner does most of his own stunt work, Weisz provides some of her own in a thrilling motorcycle race through traffic against a very determined antagonist. It's fun to watch and a thankful change of pace.
The Bourne Legacy has been rated PG-13 for violence and intense action sequences. I don't often recommend seeing the television ads showing the trailer, but in this case it's a good thing because the information given will help you to understand the story in this sequel.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A film that needs shorter to be better, but still entertains. (C )
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In The Bourne Legacy, writer/director Tony GIlroy expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stake...