Review by Matthew Schuchman
With Matt Damon as the titular character, the Bourne film series was seen as a reinvention for both the actor, and action films as a whole. Keeping the name in the title, The Bourne Legacy creates a way to continue the hyper action story-lines, with a new character and supporting cast. There's plenty of interesting and violent action to be had in The Bourne Legacy, it's just wedged in between fair amounts of boring, long-winded sections of lengthy plot.
Thrown between an uninteresting story and a heap of new characters (along with old ones too) is some fun action. These scenes are extremely sparse until the final chase scene, serving its purpose to coax the oohs and ahs from the audience. Clever weapons in McGuyver fashion, a table to the face, and some interesting deaths will please the attending viewers looking for a thrill, but it doesn't make up for the pointless storyline.
The Bourne Legacy is tediously long, fairly boring, and it fails to even hit the mark of being, mindlessly fun. Could it lead to another film that is as good or better than the first entries, yes, but that new story should have been the one used hereâ€“there's nothing mentally stimulating about watching a man search for his next score.
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Written by: Tony Gilroy (screenplay), Dan Gilroy (screenplay)
Featuring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton
Plot: An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.