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The Bourne Legacy (2012)


Rated: PG-13

2 hrs 15 min

Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton


The Bourne Legacy, staring Jeremy Renner, is one of 2012’s most underrated films. Continuing parallel to the events of the previous Bourne movies, Legacy follows a different, genetically enhanced agent, Aaron Cross. However, these enhancements come with a price, as Cross is quickly running out his Chems, which keep his body stable. Meanwhile, back at the CIA, the recent exposure of the Blackbriar and Treadstone programs have forced Eric Byer’s (Edward Norton) hand; he decides to eliminate all of his agents including Cross, so no more information can be revealed.Even though Legacy does not focus directly on Jason Bourne, the events that ensue with Aaron Cross are a direct result of Jason Bourne’s actions, or his legacy if you will. Although I have had my reservations about Jeremy Renner, this is the role he was ‘Bourne’ to play. That was a terrible joke. I apologize. But in all seriousness, I found his acting powerful, engaging, and raw. Rachel Weisz, who plays a scientist responsible for Aaron’s examinations and Chems, was also very dynamic and gripping. Toss in a cold and calculating performance from Edward Norton, and what we end up with is a cast capable enough to find their roles in the Bourne franchise.

The look, feel, and action sequences of The Bourne Legacy are just the same as its predecessors. It was easy for me to tell that everybody who worked on this film took a lot of pride in making it familiar for the audience. On top of that, Legacy is a really well made film. There is some stunning camera work, but if you are not paying attention it will pass you by. And not enough can be said about the meticulously planned out and intricate action sequences, which were not only clever but just plain cool to watch.

I have heard many people say this film is boring, but that is the exact opposite of this movie. If you allow yourself to be absorbed, not only in the action but also the politics, what you will find is a much more enjoyable experience with excellent pacing. This isn’t a Michael Bay film. Now, this is not a very deep movie (in terms of story), but it has a goal, sticks to it, and executes.

Overall, I hope I have convinced you to give this film another chance, because I had a great time watching it.


out of 10

“This went from something I don’t know about to something on the drawing board, and now you’re telling me it’s up and running!?

It’s up and running. Consider yourself informed.”


3 thoughts on “The Bourne Legacy (2012)

  1. All of the action in the last 30 minutes really does make up for the slow start and that was one of the most thrilling aspects of this movie. Other than the fact that Aaron Cross wasn’t the type of character you messed with, regardless of whether or not his name was Jason Bourne. Great review Nathaniel.

  2. I thought the film was great too. I watched all the first three Bourne films and my favorite had to be the first one. For me, what they did to Bourne Legacy came closest to the first Bourne movie.

    I was actually surprised at the hate fans had for the Bourne Legacy. Renner’s performance was compelling and truly made the film more watchable.

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