Bottom Line: Running on half the tank of charisma that Matt Damon possessed in the far superior Bourne trilogy – Jeremy Renner (as another experimental super soldier, Aaron Cross…not Jason Bourne 2.0) does what he can to bulldoze his way through an occasionally intriguing and almost always convoluted maze of government backdoor politics, secret military agendas and globe-hopping, cat-and-mouse face-offs. Even though the we’ve-been-there-and-done-that factor is high and the ending seemed a bit abrupt, it remains an interesting and fairly fun film to watch as it boldly injects itself in to the Bourne universe (with a little more talk and lot less action, unfortunately). Expecting a tad more from this new franchise starter, it still provided a few flashes of goodness to come – so I guess in that respect I’m cautiously excited for round two…and willing to be BOURNE-d again.
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Issac and Stacy Keach
Directed by: Tony Gilroy (MICHAEL CLAYTON and DUPLICITY)
Running time: 135 minutes
Story: The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. (Universal)