The Bourne Legacy
"The Bourne Identity." "The Bourne Supremacy." "The Bourne Ultimatum." And now, "The Pointless, Confused and Then, For the Last Half-Hour, Exciting Bourne Sequel, After a Fashion," more commonly known as "The Bourne Legacy."
It's not really a prequel. Nor is it a sequel. I might be wrong, but I think it's a parallel line of a movie, running more or less alongside the action and shadowy doings of the previous "Bournes," this time with
He does not play
"The Bourne Legacy" pits Cross against his own set of would-be assailants and sends him running, running, running alongside a research scientist played by
The second and third "Bourne" pictures, directed with ferocious skill and a refreshingly adult brand of moral complication by
The results invert the "Bourne" formula. The new movie is visually more conventional. But narratively it's a pretzel, half-baked. The first hour makes a full investment in Cross' isolated existence difficult, because Gilroy risks a considerable amount of what's-happening-exactly? vexation. He's an interesting writer, no question: His caper film "Duplicity," which I enjoyed, tanked largely because of its looping flashbacks and nutty obfuscations, starting with the brawl on the tarmac between two supporting players.
And then, a little past the nick of time, it gets pretty good. When the story zips to
Some choice espionage scowlers from the previous "Bourne" films sidle into frame for brief cameos, among them
Renner looks a little flummoxed by having to take over this weird addendum to the "Bourne" trilogy made famous by Matt Damon. Without Greengrass' knack for staging and framing complicated sequences on the brink of pure chaos, as well as Greengrass' sly sociopolitical critique and near-abstract sense of plotting, "The Bourne Legacy" offers only garden-variety spy games, though they have the modest virtue of getting less obtuse as they lurch forward.
"We are morally indefensible and absolutely necessary," Norton says of his Outcome grads at one point. The film itself is less necessary.
"The Bourne Legacy" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for violence and intense action sequences).
Running time: 2:15.
Credits: Directed by
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