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Terry Malloy Digs The Expanded Universe Of THE BOURNE LEGACY!!

[This is a SPOILERY TRAILER!!]

 

What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.

 

THE BOURNE LEGACY releases on home video today, December 11, 2012.

 

 I missed THE BOURNE LEGACY in theaters this past Summer, but not for lack of interest. You see, I’m sure none of you can relate to this at all, but… I’m pretty much broke most of the time. THE BOURNE LEGACY was simply a film that came out at a time when I flat out couldn’t afford to go see it. As a matter of fact, over the last couple of years I’ve really had to make a lot of film going decisions based around that framework, which is tough living in Austin, TX where there are amazing, once in a lifetime screenings happening every week.

 

Why do I bring up my broke-ness in a Blu-ray review? Well, I guess because I’m about to get behind THE BOURNE LEGACY and what it is trying to do and recommend that folks go out there and check this movie out. I know that there are tons of people out there who either really don’t have the time or the money to see every movie that they think they might like. And my recollection is that LEGACY didn’t exactly ignite the box office upon its theatrical release. But on home video, I’ve got to say that this movie is worth your time and I had a blast with it.

 

It is also important to note that I was annoyed with the film’s existence when it first seemed like it was really going to happen. Is there really any more of a blatant studio cash grab than to not only do a 4th BOURNE film without Matt Damon, but to have the audacity to still have the word BOURNE in the title? I still take issue with the title and feel like it is an insult to Jeremy Renner. Ahh, and Jeremy Renner! I was also a little annoyed with him upon hearing that he accepted this role. His post-THE HURT LOCKER roles have been almost entirely supporting ones, from being the most boring AVENGER to being the buddy in THE TOWN. It just seemed to me like taking on a franchise that was totally anchored by Matt Damon would make Renner seem more like a low rent headliner versus a rising star coming off of a red hot performance in THE HURT LOCKER.

 

So, that is where I was coming from around the time of this film’s green light. But as further news sank into my brain (such as Tony Gilroy directing), and then the word that the film was going to take place simultaneously with THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, and most importantly that Renner was playing an ENTIRELY different dude named Aaron Cross.

 

        

 

By the time the trailers released and the film hit theaters, I was sincerely interested. The theatrical reviews from critics that I follow were mixed at best, with some calling this movie the biggest disappointment of their year. I’m a little bit shocked that anyone would feel that strongly negative about this film, because after digging in to the Blu-ray last night, I’m sold on THE BOURNE LEGACY.

 

In order to buy what LEGACY is selling, though, you have to probably be willing to accept a few things. First and foremost, you probably REALLY need to have seen THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. And it’d help if you see that movie, like, immediately before watching LEGACY. My wife and I are both nominal BOURNE fans and yet hadn’t seen the trilogy in several years. So some of the specific plot elements in LEGACY that really connected these two movies didn’t necessarily work for me. And I can only imagine that this also didn’t work for many even more nominal BOURNE fans who just like to see secret agents kick people’s asses and don’t remember minor plot points to thrillers from several years ago.

 

You also have to buy into a pretty MASSIVE conspiracy which dwarves even the conspiracy going on behind the Damon Trilogy. I’ll delve into more spoiler territory later so you’ll be pretty safe here if you still haven’t seen it. But I will say that the film’s tag line alone alludes to what I am talking about: “There was never just one”. LEGACY is one of those movies that basically wants you to believe that the government has layer upon layer upon layer of secret groups and organizations which have almost endless amounts of power and access to data, etc. LEGACY implies that the original BOURNE trilogy was just the tip of the iceberg as far as government-trained bad asses go. On one hand, you do really have to buy into this concept going in to the movie. Or, maybe you don’t. Maybe you just have to let the movie convince you of this possibility through thrilling story telling. I fall into the latter group, who isn’t convinced our broken government can really pull off anything as cool and clandestine as what is happening in LEGACY, but also feel the filmmakers went all in and sold me on their story!

 

We meet Aaron Cross in the Alaskan wilderness as he completes a training mission. Almost the entire first act of the film takes place in this snowy wilderness and it gave me a very HANNA/THE GREY kind of feeling, which was lots of fun.

 

 

Simultaneously to this, Edward Norton (playing the lead heavy this time out) is deciding to pull the plug on all the top secret operatives. This is partly based on what Jason Bourne is doing over in another movie. So Jason Bourne’s journey sparks a very similar situation for Aaron Cross. He is a target, and he has to use his incredible abilities to not only stay alive, but to stop the people who are trying to kill him. It all sounds just like the other BOURNE films unless I dig into spoilers, which I am going to do….now.

 

 

SPOILERS

 

THE BOURNE LEGACY is pretty much a thriller/sci-fi/espionage version of CAPTAIN AMERICA! Jeremy Renner’s character is part of a totally different grouping of trained spies than Bourne was. Bourne is a Treadstone Agent, Cross is a product of a program called Outcome. He’s Outcome #5. And the outcome agents are being genetically enhanced! Renner’s character spends the whole first half of the film acting a little bit like a junkie and it is kind of unsettling. Sure, he wants to stay alive, but he spends a lot more energy trying to get his hands on more “chems”. He takes two strains of pills, one of his physical augmentation, and one for his mental. 

 

His initial encounter with Rachel Weisz’ character comes because she is the scientist who has been administering these drugs to him. But soon she becomes his only means for survival, and he becomes hers. Weisz’ character is integral to LEGACY and I’d imagine if this series of films continue, she would be an important partner to Renner’s Cross.

 

 

So yeah, LEGACY is way more sci-fi than the Damon trilogy. It has conspiracy that reaches into the pharmaceutical industry and implies that there is a small group of high-access bureaucrats who can meet in a diner with Army generals and order them to kill off all their secret agents and start from scratch. It takes the original BOURNE trilogy and expands the world, augments it’s hero, and deepens the conspiracy. And I kind of loved it.

 

There were some major departures from the original trilogy, though, which I could see being a problem for fans. Renner’s Cross is supremely slick, but he gets into a lot less fights than Bourne does. The filmmakers imply that Outcome agents have been trained in this manner, so Renner’s training prepares him for different things than Bourne. And I like that a lot. Cross feels more MacGyver or Ethan Hunt than full on kung fu master. But on an objective level, I think there are less actual “action” sequences than the previous films, and I could see that being a problem for a lot of people.

 

I can also see the heavy ties to ULTIMATUM causing a bigger problem for many viewers than it did for me. I think it was a gamble to tie the movie so closely to a densely-plotted thriller from 2007. Some would say that gamble paid off, others will say it is a detriment to the new movie. I see both arguments, but I have to say that my thorough enjoyment of LEGACY overrides many of my initial concerns or issues with the film’s reliance on the original trilogy.

 

It isn’t my place to say whether this film will kick start a new franchise starring Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross. But I know I’d like to see more stories told from this perspective. I guess I care a lot more about the mythology of BOURNE than I thought I did, and against all odds I think Renner did an amazing job of making me care about his character. A sequel to LEGACY could have a lot of similarities to UNBREAKABLE in that you have a very grounded, real-world take on a person who is essentially a super human. Count me in.

 

In the end, I think THE BOURNE LEGACY is a really good time at the movies. I was thrilled and intrigued.

 

 

 

The filmmakers appear to have brought their A-game, even if they were somewhat saddled with the fact that they had to make a BOURNE movie without Bourne in it. And by deepening the conspiracy one more level and adding in some sci-fi/super-human elements to the tale, they really tickled my interests. That said, I can also see why many would call this lesser-BOURNE, or the 4th best of the series. But having not seen the original trilogy myself for several years, I was totally won over by this movie on its own. I still feel that a second film in this series of stories would need to shed the word BOURNE entirely from its title and invest in the character of Aaron Cross or this series will always be under the shadow of BOURNE. Although, I could kind of see a comic-book-y team up happening down the road somewhere too, but that is for another time.

 

 

THE PACKAGE

 

First off, this film looks absolutely fantastic. The movie shot in Canada for its Alaska sequences, which are all gorgeous and snow-covered. They also shot in Manila in the Philippines, and to glorious effect. The location-shooting offers incredible production value, but that is to be expected at this point from any major studio spy thriller with half a budget. Beyond that, though, the environments feel very crucial to the story and Cross interacts with Manila in very specific ways to survive. These locations just look gorgeous on this Blu-ray.

 

The action doesn’t have that Paul Greengrass patented shakiness, and while I think Greengrass does that best, I’m glad this film’s style is more smooth and grand, versus in-your-face and documentary.

 

So with the film itself, you get a gorgeous looking movie with some location work that shows off high definition filmmaking in glorious ways.

 

I also really enjoyed the extras. There is a lively commentary with Tony Gilroy and about 6 other filmmakers present to discuss all the aspects of the movie. It sounds like this film was HIGHLY collaborative and the team approach is reflected in the commentary as well. I always like commentaries more when there are at least 2 people who can bounce off of one another. Here you get director Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, John Gilroy the editor, DP Robert Elswit, 2nd unit director Dan Bradley AND Production Designer Kevin Thompson. This thing is no joke and further convinces me that THE BOURNE LEGACY may have been “born” out of a studios desire to milk a franchise, but was crafted with care, brains, and heart by filmmakers who gave a crap.

 

You also get some pretty cool featurettes, which I won’t list out. But a few highlights include a couple of glimpses into how the filmmakers pulled off a particularly cool encounter between Aaron Cross and a wolf out in the snowy wilds of Alaska. And there is a featurette about the locations of the film, which I really appreciated. Locations are a crucial and often overlooked element to making all kinds of films work.

 

The Blu-ray is top notch and I couldn’t be happier with the spin that Tony Gilroy and team put on this new take on the super soldier. I’m sure many will disagree with me but I would genuinely enjoy a full trilogy featuring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross!

 

 

 

And I’m Out.

 

 

 

 

Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis

 

 

 

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  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I skipped this in the theater. Will skip the blu too.

    by Quake II

    Looks utterly forgettable. Skyfall for the WIN.

  • I just watched it a week ago. It is utterly terrible and pointless. The entire movie is "get this pill popper from point A to point B to point C. End movie. There is NO discernible climax or resolution. The movie literally ends after a lackluster action sequence. Just flat ends. Come back for the swivel to find out the end of the movie you just paid to see. Edward norton is utterly wasted and you can tell how posses off he is the whole movie, barking nonsensical orders at a group of analysts who never register beyond "that guy with the glasses" This movie is a fucking mess. How does Aaron get from the exploded shack in Alaska to Weisz' top secret science lab in the mainland? You'll never know, so don't ask. Never ask how. That's becoming a theme in action movies this year. Skyfall: don't ask how anything happened and it'll be just fine!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Piss off he was a boring Avenger

    by Logan_1973

    And LEGACY was a steaming pile.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    It sucked

    by the_rising

    Pure and simple.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I'M 12 YEARS OLD AND WHAT IS THIS?

    by goatherdingclownhunter

  • And an extended chase scene (the roof to bike to etc.) doesn't make it more exciting, it just makes it longer.

  • It is the super spy/conspiracy theory version of Capt. America, and I found it an enjoyable watch.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    You're broke ?

    by spyro

    Doesn't aicn reimburse you for your ticket costs ?

  • This review makes the film sound like an amazing triumph.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    haters hate?

    by Righteous Brother

    Fuck that shit. The Bourne Legacy was an absolute abomination of a film.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Loved this film. The best Bourne since Identity.

    by Xen11

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    are you serious?

    by dieanotherday

    this movie was so bad, no words to describe it! what a crap film!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I'm calling you out Malloy

    by kingralphuk

    "Pretty much too broke to watch movies" = I am therefore happy to get a few dollars from the studio to promote their piece of shit movie which flopped at the cinema, but which they are hoping gets a bit of interest on DVD to recoup their losses.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Wow, take it ew

    by Bill Howard

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    This movie was bad!!!

    by OSAMP1

    Hated it. I wouldn't mind a future movie where the two ?Bournes? come together.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Whoops..

    by Bill Howard

    I meant to say, wow, take it easy. I dig the movie, and if you didn't,that's cool, but to actually say someone is wrong for liking it is a dick move. Why not spend your time making comments on movies you did like?

  • It is a great strategy for the studios because just LOOK at how many people's opinions I have swayed on these talkbacks alone. In exchange for my review, I'm sure Universal will make another cool 10 million, easily. I'm pretty much their secret weapon.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with the hoard on this one. The movie sucks.

    by estacado1

    Don't believe the him.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    @ Terry Malloy

    by kingralphuk

    you dont agree that it looks fishy for you suddenly post a positive review of a film that has been out for about 4 months (and that was generally panned by everyone) on the day of its DVD launch? You probably also dont think that such an article getting top billing on the home page is suspect either? Let me give you another example. Until recently I'd not seen Predators, which has been out a while and recieved generally 'meh' reviews from what I remember at the time. I actually quite liked it, so if I draft up a review now, and send it over to Harry, do you think he'll let me have a review page of my own..... ?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I disagree with most of you. I enjoyed it

    by Smartacus

    I know why I enjoyed it though. You guys bitch about everything and pretty much hate everything so the first thing I do after disregarding whatever the bought and paid for Aint It Cool reviewer says is disregard what the rest of you say when it comes to picking a movie. This is not the best BOURNE movie since the first one. It's not even better than the third one. It is however better than all of you shitheads say it is and it's entirely watchable. The one complaint I've read so far in this talkback that has merit is that the movie does just kind of end. The last action sequence doesn't feel like a climax at all. It feels like a middle of the movie action set-piece and when it's over the ending kind of takes you by surprise. And Crow3711, he got from Alaska to where she was in a fucking airplane. They showed him flying it after the scene where someone at the airfield noticed it missing. If you have to have Indiana Jones travel-lines on a map to follow the action or see every single step of a character's journey in order to follow the story then I guess that was an issue for you but the rest of us understood that the super-agent with the enhanced intelligence could figure out how to.... travel.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Kingralphuk: Exercising the Logic of a Child

    by Crow3711

    I'm not defending the movie, but this conspiracy bullshit is a joke. He liked a shitty movie. Even I'll admit the one cool thing in the movie is the implication that went Bourne went international as a news story, it set off a knee-jerk reaction throughout the intel community that resulted in this movie. It's too bad the plot was shit because the concept was intelligent and interesting.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    @Crow3711

    by kingralphuk

    Im not calling it for him liking a shitty movie. Im calling it as I dont remember seeing any other film getting a glowing review 4 months after being released Fair enough, put it in the DVD column, but a huge review and a main headline on the home page? Aint It Corrupt News.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    some people have very low standards I guess.

    by Righteous Brother

    Although I will say it is the fourth best Bourne movie ever made.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Most disapoining film ive seen this year

    by Miss Moneypennys Pishflapsh

    And , yet, in a way, it's resposible for me and my girlfriend getting together. In june she was talking about wanting to see this but no one was interested in going with her. I said i'd go with her ( I genuinely wanted to see it cos i loved the other three) and, one thing led to another and we started dating. Anyway, august rolled around and we went to see it. I've never been so bored in my life during a movie and my neck kept snapping back cos i was falling asleep and kept jolting awake during the loud bits. After it had done we both looked at eachother like....wow if this had been our first date it would have been our last. Hahaha, It's fuckin crap, bland, generic shite!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Shit! Never gonna criticise anyone for typos or talking bollocks again.

    by Miss Moneypennys Pishflapsh

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Rave review from smartacus "... it's entirely watchable."

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Wow...you sold me. No wait. I already saw it. Next to a test pattern, it is watchable.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I a HUGE Bourne 1-3 fan...

    by GravyAkira

    I must say I enjoyed Bourne Legacy far more than I was expecting too. While it is my least favorite Bourne movie so far, I would still highly recommend this for Action/Thriller movie fans. The Drones and the conclusion of the motorcycle chase make this worth a rental at least!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The Conclusion of the motorcycle chase?

    by Crow3711

    Do you mean the part they blatantly put in the trailers, or the part where right after that the movie just ends all of the sudden? Those "conclusions"?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I just don't dig Renner as a leading man

    by Spandau Belly

    He's a decent actor, but I don't see him as an action hero. I think he belongs in supporting roles. But I will be seeing HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCHHUNTERS because it looks like good ridiculous fun.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    estacado1 ... hoard in your context is ... horde.

    by DrMorbius

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    I don't want to knock this movie...

    by bubcus

    ... but I was frustrated with it. I loved most of it and I loved Renner's character... especially early in the film. But the climax was comparitively weak with a lack of overall resolution. In the previous three Bourne films, there was a grander resolution involving Treadstone and Black Briar. Here we get none except that Pamela Landy gets arrested... which seemed slapped in there. I do want to see a sequel to this and hopefully it's less of a homage film than this entry was. It was an okay film, but it felt five minutes of filmtime short of being a great film.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Hope the check was worth it

    by georgecauldron

    AICN hasn't tried very hard to hide which things they've been paid to support lately.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Decent movie...

    by Hipshot

    But a wake up call to people who thought Bourne was going to supplant Bond. Nope. The strength of the Bond movies isn't whether they are the "biggest" at some time, it is their insane longevity as a series. Four may be the max for Bourne, which was clearly a star-driven franchise. Take out Damon, and pfffft.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    by medster101

    This movie wouldn't have been decent if it hadn't completed fucked Jason Bourne's whole saga at the end. Naw never mind it still would have sucked ass.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    by medster101

    I'm sorry I meant it would have been decent. Gotta stop hittin the cough syrup

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Legacy.

    by Richard

    "There was never just one" said the posters. Oh man don't we know it. The film bases itself entirely during Ultimatum. Renner is from an alternate Treadstone called Outcome. Norton decides because of Bourne, Renner and all involved must die. Renner needs pills to stay from becoming a dribbler zzzz he succeeds the film ends its sucks.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    And

    by Richard

    I am an incredibly huge fan of Bourne 123. I gave Legacy a chance but it fucked up using ultimatum as a background timeline. Film is unnecessary.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Bourn Legacy is now right there where it should be: On TV

    by Richard L. Rhodes

    Should have been the pilot for a TV series Average action thriller.. The first 30 minutes OK. Afterwards a snore fest. Don't understand the love. .

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Malloy: How to lose your credibility in 5 min

    by Richard L. Rhodes

    You just wrote an interesting review on Django.... And now this......Come on....

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Wasn't looking forward to this one at all ...

    by Yer_Maw

    ... and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought it was entirely on a par with the others in the series. Though, yeah, it does seem to kind of 'stop' instead of actually 'end'.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Fucking TERRIBLE film. Totally without point.

    by J.B.M.A.

    Craps all over the original three by devaluing all Bourne uncovered with Pam Landy. Lead man has no motivation other than I WANT MY PILLS! Avoid this blatant cash grab.

  • i love that movie.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I'm a sucker...

    by emteem

    ...for all the backroom stuff in these movies so I was able to enjoy the movie overall when I saw it in the theater, but unlike the first 3 I doubt I'll ever own this one, but I might watch it a second time on HBO or Netflix or something. I just wanted to add my voice as one who was annoyed by the lack of a proper ending. For whatever reason this movie just stops, and it seems so bizarre when it happens.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I like my movies to have an ending

    by Art Pennington

    I saw this as a free sneak preview. About all it was worth. The part of the moviethat most annoyed me was it just ran the closing credits without an ending. Speaks to either lazy writing or 'lets plan for the sequel'

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I didn't like how it undid Bourne's work...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    ...in Ultimatum. Seriously just kills the awesome pay off that is that movie. The scene in Weisz's house is good though. Enjoyed that and it was quite tense. Shame the rest of the movie wasn't on par.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    The ending was abrupt, but...

    by MaxHeadroom

    I thought the ending of the Legacy click was awfully abrupt. I mean, it was like they just said, "OK, we ran out of time, movie's over, go home." However, I thought it was a pretty neat idea that this film was running concurrent with the last Matt Damon film. A nifty idea, really,. It isn;t a sequel or a prequel, it is simply another part of the tale. That, I thought, was a pretty interesting tact to take.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    God damn terrible movie, especially in relation to first three

    by Larry_Sanders

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Sidequels...

    by hulkiest

    Yes, they've been done before: Lion King 2 1/2 or whatever. (I know straight to DVD doesn't count) And really, Back To The Future II if you think about it. I sorta liked Bourne Legacy because of all the side stuff going on from the last movie, but yeah, it did peter out at the end. And our happy couple's on the boat at the end all smiles, everything's fine. The end. Huhn????! The police in the Philippines are just going to forget all the death and mayhem in their city and not send helicopters and coast guard after that boat?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    How could anyone like this?

    by _SnakePlissken_

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Meant to say "As a HUGE Bourne 1-3 fan"

    by GravyAkira

    And I enjoyed the wipeout of the Japonese guy flipping off his bike. That is the "conclusion" I was speaking of.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Yes, "entirely watchable", not a rave review, an honest one.

    by Smartacus

    openthepodbaydoorshal seems to think that something being "watchable" is a problem but in my world most of us don't see a lot of things that entirely live up to our expectations. Most of us don't see a lot of shit either. The genuinely bad stuff isn't hard to spot and this is not genuinely bad. No, it doesn't get a rave review but to listen to some of you this "The Bourne Plan 9 From Outer Space" and that's just bullshit. You people like to bitch about everything. It's not a bad movie but that doesn't make it a great one either. I left the theater mildly annoyed over the lack of a proper ending but I didn't feel like I wasted my time watching that. I enjoyed it mostly. I left the movie thinking "I wonder if they'll do any more with Renner's character?" because this felt like a movie that was just supposed to establish his existence and it did that. You guys cry too much.

  • Guess I would go with " I mostly enjoyed it"...and no, it's not THAT bad. I think a lot of people felt that it was unnecessary, trying to create a franchise out of leftover spare parts.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Films should be able to stand on their own.

    by J.B.M.A.

    Anything less is poor writing and filmmaking. Using an entire movie to establish a weaker, less interesting version of Jason Bourne purely in the hope that it *might* get a sequel is tiresome. The Bourne Legacy is well directed with a few mildy entertaining set pieces, but ultimately there's very little jeopardy, the main character is a total blank and the story is dull in the extreme. Matt Damon shits on this.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I watched it last night. It's awesome that Cross is really a retard.

    by Fries Against

    That's even better than Bruce Willis being a ghost.

  • He has angry retard strength!

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    It actually had some great action, but it was just boring

    by Nabster

    The main heart of the story was just tedious and boring. I really wanted to like this, but couldn't.

  • Seriously that film is as good as any in the Cannon, formulaic in some respects, but I loved the whole pace and structure of the Film, killer cast - Renner I totally buy into, more so than Damon - as an Uber-mensch Super Soldier he's no pretty boy, he's got that Lee Marvin, McQueen vibe

  • Dec. 15, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    @ friesagainst: That comment was actually really funny.

    by Ed Travis

    You are right, those poor Filipino guards...

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