Friday, August 10, 2012

The Bourne Legacy

After five whole years without a Bourne film, Hollywood decided it was time for a sequel.  But don't expect Matt Damon this time.  He opted out.  Instead the series has been 'bourne' again with Jeremy Renner in the lead, as another CIA experiment super spy on the lam.  And that's not all that's different.  This one is somewhat less action oriented and a bit more complex.  Of course, there are more than a few heart-pounding action sequences, so action buffs should still get their adrenaline flowing.  Just don't expect the wall-to-wall punching, shooting, and car chases of the original trilogy.  Personally I prefer that.  This one has a little more meat to it and feels more adult.  And though I'm surprised to say it, I think Renner might even be better than Damon, though like most of us, I really like Matt Damon as well.  I thought I was Renner-ed out (with his ubiquity in action franchises over the last 9 months, also including 'The Avengers' and 'Mission Impossible') but this is the best suited role he's had since his breakout performance in 'The Hurt Locker' and stand out role in 'The Town'.  Plus Rachel Weisz and Ed Norton, and a few cameos of supporting cast members from the original trilogy certainly don't hurt.  Some will surely like this less than the more mainstream originals, but I was pleasantly surprised, will award it a slightly higher grade, and look forward to the next one.

Original Bourne Trilogy: B-
Bourne Legacy: B

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