The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) stars as a new CIA super-agent set in author Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, placed in a life-or-death situation triggered by the events of the first three films.

Retracing the time-frame when Jason Bourne closes in on his identity in New York, a division of the US Secret Service simultaneously decides to tidy up loose ends. But experimental operative Aaron Cross (Renner) isn't willing to be discarded.

Also stars Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. This is an original story, expanding on Ludlum's novels, written and directed by Oscar-nominee Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), screenwriter of all three prior Bourne films.

2012Rating: M, contains violence135 minsUSA
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The Bourne Legacy / Reviews

Variety

Variety

An overlong sequel that features too little action and an unnecessarily complicated plot.

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Total Film

Total Film

Assured if not inspired, Legacy keeps the Bourne engine ticking over without reaching top gear. The action's accomplished and Renner's fine. Without Matt Damon, however, it feels like a placeholder.

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Time Out

Time Out

Renner and scientist Rachel Weisz are sympathetic enough (although lacking in Matt Damon's all-American approachability), and the movie flies along briskly.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

With The Bourne Legacy, Gilroy has brought characteristic taste and skill to a nearly impossible task: embracing the past without completely erasing it, thereby creating an invitingly complicated and open-ended future.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

By the time Rachel Weisz, as a scientist called Dr. Marta Shearing, showed up in a lab coat, I stopped trying to parse every plot twist and just went with the action flow.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Jeremy Renner out-toughs Matt Damon in the fourth Bourne installment. But is the franchise already outmoded?

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Gilroy stages two riveting shootouts involving Marta at work and home. And there's a killer chase scene in Manila as the bad guys try to knock Aaron and Marta off their speeding motorcycle. It's all sound and fury signifying nothing except a desperate need to feed a franchise.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Bourne Legacy is always gripping in the moment. The problem is in getting the moments to add up.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The visceral excitement is muffled by familiarity, an insufficiently conceived lead character and the sheer weight of backstory and multiple layers of deception.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

As earnestly as they have tried to continue the formerly excellent spy series, everything Gilroy and crew concoct only serves to mock the excellence and passion with which Greengrass delivered his films.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Gilroy does the unforgivable by turning out a lean thriller at a fatty 135 minutes, mainly by making the conspiracy plot far more complicated than it needs to be.

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