Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: The Bourne Legacy [2012]

Release Date: 9 August 2012 (Malaysia), 10 August 2012 (USA)
Directed By: Tony Gilroy
Written By: Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach
Duration: 125 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Happening at the same time during the events in The Bourne Ultimatum [2007]. Having Jason Bourne exposing the CIA operations, Treadstone and Blackbriar, a similiar program called "Outcome" is now also under threat. The handlers of the operations, Turso (played by Stacy Keach) and Byer (played by Edward Norton) are trying to cover their tracks by eliminating everyone involved, including the scientists. One Outcome agent, Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner) survives the attack and seeks the help of the one scientist currently remaining, Dr. Marta Shearing (played by Rachel Weisz).
Thumbs Up:
+ Interesting enough story and action scenes (see also Thumbs Down)
+ Nice chemistry between Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz
+ Nice set-up for future films
Thumbs Down:
- Although passable, the story and action lacks any "wow" factor and real intensity
- No fight showdown between Aaoron Cross and the agent chasing him? Boooo...
- The motivation for Aaron Cross' character isn't as compelling to the audience
- Knowledge of the previous films from the franchise is somewhat needed

The Verdict Is In:
The Bourne Legacy is a spin-off from the previous Bourne franchise where Jason Bourne is referenced through out the film but never really shown. Although here we discover that there is still a huge universe in the franchise yet to be explored, we just can't shake-off the feeling that this flick is lacking what made the previous films compelling. The story and motivation of the protagonist seems too simple and average. Nothing that we haven't seen before. The same can be said of the action scenes. Its feels like the movie never had a real climax. I went in expecting fireworks but The Bourne Legacy seems stuck in second gear.
6 out of 10


  1. Uuu, sorry this one is not better. The trailer looked amazing and I really want to see Rachel Weisz in this type of movie. Loved the trilogy, except for second film, I'm hoping this one will be at least decent action movie with good pace.

  2. I love the original trilogy. This one here was rather like an origin story for Aaron Cross. It was just okay. Rachel Weisz did pretty good here.

  3. You saw this already?? Cool! I LOVE the original trilogy too, I owned the BD set. I might see it on matinee this weekend though, but I already had an inkling Renner is just not as good as Damon, but the supporting cast from the original, plus Rachel Weisz look awesome!

    1. With Tony Gilroy being screenwriter on the previous films I was hoping it would be just as good. I didn't dislike this, just that there was nothing special. The supporting cast from the original play very peripheral roles here. Their scenes could have been from extra footage from the trilogy and we wouldn't have noticed the difference.

  4. The ensemble was chosen perfectly, and even though there is no Matt Damon, we still get plenty of great spots from Renner and his performance as Aaron Cross. I look forward to seeing what Gilroy does with this character in the future, but for now, I’m just glad he made it work. Good review Asrap.

    1. I felt that story-wise, it was establishing things for future film, which is good for the next movies but not much happening here. Just a guy running away from people trying to kill him.

      Action-wise, it was decent but nothing we haven't seen from other films before and definitely no match for the Bourne trilogy.

  5. I don't know what to say about this, because I haven't watch any Bourne movie. But I think I'll skip this, and watch the firsts ones. Thanks, Asrap!

    1. That's a good move actually, seeing ones from the original trilogy first. Because if you don't like those I don't think you'll like this one.


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