The Bourne Legacy – Movie Review

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SPOILER ALERT!

We all know Bourne as Matt Damon. That changes in this movie. This movie takes place around the same time as the Bourne Ultimatum and it’s not entirely clear as to whether this was the original intention for the series of movies, or whether it has been altered in this movie and we are supposed to take it that it has been happening all along. In some ways it is a great way to go with the storyline, but on the other hand it’s almost like they were trying to think of a way that they could make another Bourne film without Damon.

In The Bourne Legacy, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is a member of Operation Outcome, just like Jason Bourne was, which is one of the Department of Defense’s black ops programs. They provide their agents with green pills that enhance physical abilities and blue pills that enhance mental abilities. In the movie these are known as ‘chems’. We learn that Cross has been genetically modified by a tailored virus to retain the physical benefits without needing to take the green chems anymore. He finds out that this has been done to him, by a female doctor, Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), who was saved by Cross when the CIA tried to kill her. She starts telling him about what she has done to him and he immediately wants her to modify the virus so that it can lock the blue chems in, resulting in him not having to take them any more.

The movie plot is that he has to get to Manila to get the virus, along with Shearing, so they can modify it, before the CIA catch up with them, in their attempt to kill the last remaining members of Operation Outcome and anyone that knows anything about it.

Overall the movie was great. It had an entertaining plot and kept the viewer’s attention throughout it all, with a few ‘jumpy’ moments thrown in for good measure. One of those times being when Cross and another member of Operation Outcome, hear something whilst stranded in the middle of the snowy mountains. It turns out to a radio controlled plane, with a missile heading straight for them. The jump is as the missile ‘near-misses- Cross and obliterates the cabin he was just in, along with the other Operation Outcome member.

Apart from a good plot and some great ‘jumpy’ moments, the movie seemed to lack something. It may have been the lack of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, but Renner definitely makes up for it with his Bond like personality. One thing that did seem to let the movie down was the ending, with it climaxing with a motorbike chase, coming to a crashing stop at a man and son’s feet, who they hitch a ride with, losing their identities into the sunset. It almost felt like they didn’t know how to end it, so they cut out scenes that explained how the movie wrapped up and then cut to the final scene of them escaping into the setting sun.

This movie is definitely a must-see, even if it is for you to take what you have just read and find out for yourself.

Here is the trailer to the movie:

The Bourne Legacy is now available to buy on DVD and BluRay.

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