Friday, August 10, 2012

Latest 'Bourne' is not Complicated After All

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz escape by motorcycle.


MOVIE REVIEW

I will be completely honest – I never understood the first three Bourne movies that starred Matt Damon. Everything was so complicated and convoluted that I never understood what was going on. Those films just left me leaving the theater feeling frustrated. Not so with the The Bourne Legacy which stars Jeremy Renner (who is appears to be in everything this year). While this new Bourne movie is based or inspired by the Robert Ludlum novels, this story is a completely new tale with a new character on the run. Tony Gilroy, has served as the screenwriter for the first three films and continues to do so with Legacy, but he also directs this new film.

Aaron Cross’ (Renner) life is at stake all because of events that happened within the first three films. It just so happens that there was more than just one intelligence program hidden from the public including Outcome. Cross is one of six people trained for use by the Department of Defense. More than assassins, Outcome agents have been designed for use in isolated, high-risk, long-term intelligence assignments. Colonel Eric Byer (Edward Norton) has built this program and is threatened to sacrifice Outcome due to the exposure of Jason Bourne’s identity at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum. Rachel Weisz plays Dr. Marta Shearing, a research scientist who monitors the Outcome agents and whose life is also at risk. She has to rely on Cross’ skills to stay alive. Too bad that she only knows him as “number 5.”

Renner , Weisz, Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac are new to the series. Franchise veterans, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scot Glenn reprise their roles, to a lesser extent. At any rate, this movie pretty much stands on its own. It isn’t a requirement that you know the complete backstory in order to enjoy this new flick. It is full of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The two hours will fly by.

In the end, this is a story about a man who doesn’t owe anyone anything and yet risks his own life to save others. Weisz plays a perfect counterpoint to Renner’s character and seems a lot more realistic than is necessary for this type of film. If you like action and adventure, this is a film not too miss.

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