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The Bourne Legacy Review – Less would have been more

Posted on 14 August 2012 by Joey DC

The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the successful Bourne franchise, introducing the new character Aaron Cross, a medically enhanced super agent whose days seem to be numbered when the Outcome program he's part of gets terminated.

The idea of moving forward without the original character Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, has many loyal Bourne fans upset and confused. How can you make another Bourne movie without the essential character in it? Well, you can by cleverly presenting other programs aside from Treadstone and Blackbriar, which provide the opportunity of bringing a completely new character to life. After all, Jason Bourne is not the only trained assassin there is.

Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner, is nothing short of intriguing if only the script focused more on him as an individual. There were way too many cooks in one kitchen meaning a lot of different characters shown throughout the film. The main figure still seemed to be Jason Bourne, who was mentioned and showed on various pictures, while Aaron Cross was pushed to the background. Especially the beginning of the film was packed with an insane amount of information, involving the happenings of The Bourne Ultimatum, so whoever hadn't seen it would understand the connection between the previous one and The Bourne Legacy, which events take place at the same time. The first half-hour of the film felt more tiring than entertaining because of all the drawn out scenes, taking away valuable screen time from the new main character Aaron Cross, who should have been front and center from the get-go.

Jeremy Renner made The Bourne Legacy attractive and watchable, doing a phenomenal job of portraying the rogue agent, whose name used to be Kenneth James Kitson before he gave himself to the Outcome program. By performing most of the stunts, even the motorcyle ones, himself, he added an incredible authenticity to his character and convinced on every level. Unfortunately, there was not enough room for proper character development, so it was very hard to get a better understanding of Aaron Cross and where he came from.

The flashback scenes were not distinctive enough to differ from the then and now. The only indication for a flashback moment was Aaron Cross' physical appearance, which changed from beard to no beard and bruises to no bruises on his face. However, despite the disappointing script, the few action sequences including the thrilling motorcycle chase were absolutely fantastic. You got rewarded with some breathtaking camera shots that highlighted these fast-paced instances such as Aaron Cross sliding down a small gap in between of two walls, and the superbly done motorcycle act on the busy streets of Manila, Philippines. The crew did also a wonderful job scouting the right filming locations, which took you on a journey around the world just like the original three films already did.

Despite the squeezed amount of content into one film, the casting deserved an A+. The chemistry between all of the actors particularly Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz undoubtedly fueled the film. Weisz's portrayal of Dr. Marta Shearing was both believable and enjoyable, and so was Edward Norton's role as retired USAF Colonel Eric Byer, whose ruthlessness for the "greater good" added some much needed spice.

Even though clearly credited on the film poster alongside the starring actors, original cast member Joan Allen aka CIA Department Director Pam Landy appeared only for a split second in The Bourne Legacy, which turned out to be the biggest disappointment altogether. She had been a vital character in the last two Bourne films, chasing after Jason Bourne, and to see her role reduced to merely a few seconds of screen time felt like an insult to viewers who anticipated her reappearance.

The bottom line is that all The Bourne Legacy trailers already feature the best parts of the movie, and sadly enough there's not much else to look forward to. The story line is climax free and focuses more on past events and Jason Bourne than the exploration of the newly introduced character Aaron Cross. Nonetheless, don't let this keep you from watching The Bourne Legacy, because if you are an admirer of Renner, Weisz or Norton then you are definitely in for a treat.

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The Bourne Legacy – First Trailer and Poster

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Joey DC

The first teaser trailer and poster for Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy have found its way online. The fourth movie in the Bourne franchise is starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, an outcome agent who used to be known as Kenneth Kitson before he committed to "the program." Although there is not much revealed about the plot, the new bad-ass character is described as “Treadstone without the inconsistency.” Also worth mentioning is the clear announcement that "Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg." Excited yet? I certainly am and the trailer exceeds all my expectations by far.

Other cast includes Bourne newcomers Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz as well as the return of Joan Allen and Albert Finney. The Bourne Legacy is set to be released on August 03, 2012 and I personally can't wait to see it. Jeremy Renner really rocks this trailer!

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