The Bourne Legacy – A Movie Review

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Sep 062012
 
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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. To become an elite government operative, a man hands himself over to the same agency that birthed the likes of Jason Bourne, but he’s eventually forced to go on the run.

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sequel/Thriller; Running Time: 135mins; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

I am kind of trying to take some time off this week, but did have some work to do Tuesday. Lay was off. Once I was done, we went to the Britton 8 to watch The Bourne Legacy.

We weren’t rushing to see this one, as the reviews have been mixed and a little on the low side. I felt it kept to the spirit Of the Bourne series and kept me interested. It ended kind of abruptly after an unnecessarily long chase scene, but I am still glad I went to see it. If you’re a Bourne fan enjoy, you’ll most likely find it acceptable. Continue reading »

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The Bourne UltimatumRogue agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is being hunted by the people in the CIA who trained him to be an assassin. Still suffering from amnesia and determined to finally learn of his true identity, he is lured out of hiding to contact a journalist named Simon Ross (Paddy Considine), who has been following his story. Throughout his research, Ross has gathered valuable information about Bourne and Treadstone, which trained him. This is rather inconvenient for U.S. government official Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), who is hoping to start a new organization under the codename Blackbriar (which is briefly mentioned at the end of the first film) which would follow in Treadstone’s footsteps.With intent to kill Bourne and the journalist before they expose the program’s disturbing secrets, Vosen sends agent Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) to lead the search effort. Simultaneously, Paz (Edgar Ramirez), one of the remaining living Treadstone assassins, is dispatched to find and neutralize Bourne and Ross. In order to finally learn of his true origins and find inner peace, Bourne will have to evade, out-maneuver, and outsmart the deadliest group of highly-trained agents and assassins yet.

Director
Paul Greengrass

Genre
Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, International Intrigue

Cast
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Tom Gallop, Corey Johnson, Daniel Brühl, Joey Ansah, Colin Stinton, Dan Fredenburgh, Lucy Liemann

The final installment in the action thriller franchise is just that probably the hardest hitting of the three films. It goes further to play the anti-Bond theme. Bourne doesn’t like what he is doing and wants to know about his blurry past. Everything about this film hits it on the nail from the cinematography to choreography/stunt work to the script to acting.

The film starts out in a flurry as Bourne is running from the Moscow police. The story seems to pick up right where the first film left off. Or does it? The time is a little muddled here, but we get the fact that Bourne is remembering things. A sudden flashback while trying to clean himself up nearly gets him caught, but he makes it and doesn’t kill anyone. They aren’t his target. From there we get more of the intrigue of his past with a new player, Noah Vosen, who seems to know everything about Bourne and will protect it at all costs. Pamela Landy is back as well as Nicky Parsons who seems to have a past with Bourne as well.

The cinematography is in your face following tight on practically everything. The car chase is even more intense if that seems possible than the ones from the first two. And the veteran cast chasing Bourne is superb with a nice part by Albert Finney. It also has slight political overtones in relationship to rendition and other government policies, but that is minor and integrated very well within the plot. 

Unlike most trilogies, the three movies are well tied together, and all three are equally well done. This was intense from start to finish, and didn’t have to include the usual soupy love scene/interest and a scantily clad woman.

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