Movie Title: The Bourne Legacy
Director: Tony Gilroy
Release Date: August 10th, 2012
Date Seen: August 12th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
An unnecessary addition to the Bourne movies, but entertaining. Is it fabulous? No. Is it a nice action ride? Yes. Is it as well thought out as the other movies? Oh hell no. Did I enjoy it? Yes.
This movie, unlike the others, doesn’t have NEARLY as much political drama as the other movies. Basically what the trailer shows “Treadstone was just the tip of the iceberg” is all we really get. Ok so there’s more of them. And these are a little more advanced than Jason. Sweet. The movie does take place at the same time as Supremacy and Ultimatum, and if you haven’t seen those you might be *slightly* confused at a couple of the scenes they show – but they’re completely unnecessary other than to establish a time line and a thread between the movies. Few characters overlap, other than slight mentions of their names or a quick additional scene with them.
The action was good, Jeremy Renner was good, Rachel Weisz was good, but the plot was lacking and underdeveloped compared to the other movies. I’d say see it if you’re a fan of action movies, but if you like the Bourne movies for the political mystery/drama, you won’t find it in this film.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a good plot synopsis here.
I’m going to touch on some highlights.
1. The beginning of the movie felt disconnected and that there was no explanation later as to why Aaron (Jeremy Renner) hid his pills in his boot, and told the guy he had lost them. Was it to stock up and get more? Was it to have a reason for getting there early? Was it to gain his trust? Was it to excuse his weird questions later – such as questioning the program? Bleh.
2. The doctor that went crazy – so WHO sent him and why did he agree to do it? They sort of answered it, saying that they rattled him up and it made him go nuts – but the only thing we know about him before this is how happy he was for getting to do his new research project. So it doesn’t really make sense….
3. I wanted to know more about the others in the program – other than seeing them die. That was crap.
4. They were also very quick to decide to completely shut down the program and kill said agents. I needed more development to believe that that would actually happen.
5. I have no idea why, but I loved the white guy who was in charge at the Manilla plant. Honestly, no idea, he just cracked me up.
6. Asian Spiderman – who then became Zombie Asian Spiderman. He was my hero. Seriously. If you’ve seen it you know who I’m talking about. For anyone that hasn’t, he was the best character BY FAR. He’s supposedly even more advanced than every other person in the program, doesn’t question who/why/how, and just does what he is told. He also is so genetically messed with that he can apparently survive being shot in the chest multiple times AND a motorcycle crash to then go into another giant motorcycle crash. When he does finally “die” I would have been triple/quadruple tapping him (as opposed to the normal double-tap for zombies) because damn that guy just wouldn’t die.
Entertaining but not what I wanted. I wanted so much more story than there was… more details, more drama, more plot development, and a little bit more to tie it into the Bourne movies since they wanted it to be one.