Trilogies are pretty much the standard for franchises these days. There’s not many franchises that can pull off the successful trio and even fewer who can go beyond a trilogy. The list of successful franchises that have been able to accomplish this feat is extremely limited. Resident Evil, Saw, and The American Pie series of films are among the rarest ground when it comes to sequels. The latest franchise to attempt to extend beyond the trilogy is the Bourne series of films.
The Bourne Legacy is an action-oriented follow up to the mega successful Bourne trilogy. This incarnation is the first step in continuing the franchise without Matt Damon. “Legacy” shifts the focus from Jason Bourne over to Aaron Cross in an attempt to continue the story of the United States diabolical plot to create flawless super soldiers. The film stars Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), Rachael Weiss (Oz The Great and Powerful), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), and Scott Glenn (Training Day).
“Legacy” begins a new direction for the Bourne series of films as it thrust Aaron Cross (Renner) into the spotlight. This film really delves into what the Treadstone program is all about. This film is more of the back story to the other film. The Bourne Legacy may use Aaron Cross to focus the action of the story but its more about what truly about the Treadstone cover up.
This film really does a great job at connecting it to the prior trilogy. It goes above and beyond to filters in elements from the prior films and manages to creatively use a number of elements as well as implementing multiple smaller scenes from the prior “Bourne” film in order to establish continuity. It effectively connects and lays the foundation for a new series of films. This film looks and feels like it belongs with the other movies. The film delves deeper into the diabolical scheme that created Jason program. The two stories of the film converge as we bear witness to the origin of Aaron Cross & the Washington bureaucrats attempting to resolve the events of the last Bourne film. Consequently, the film’s biggest asset is also its greatest detractor. Its extremely background heavy. doesn't possess the pizzazz of the initial films. Its also extremely story heavy. The back story and the over focused effort to connect the film tends to become overwhelming. The first 45 min is borderline boorish and extremely tedious as it tries to establish this story in the framework of the Bourne universe.
Just like the other Bourne films, The Bourne Legacy has a great cast compliment. This film, however, features more established stars around Jeremy Renner that helps to offset the loss of Matt Damon. In spite of the star power, “legacy” really drops the ball as the cast was truly mishandled. The film does not effectively use the talent at its disposal. Jeremy Renner is actually pretty good as Aaron Cross. He is really coming on strong and Legacy is no different. The shortcomings are the movie are the downfall of this film and not his efforts or performance. Rachael Weiss and Edward Norton also make good contributions.
The Bourne Legacy was decent but it was loaded with too much about Jason Bourne. They suffocated the new character and story by trying to connect this movie to the other. It was truly overkill. It was just too much background stuff that they never gave you a chance to enjoy the new guy or the story. This film tried to do in one movie what the other “Bourne” movies did in three. There’s not enough action and you really couldn't get into Renner as Aaron Cross because every other scene they were throwing something about Jason Bourne in your face. If this is the start to another trilogy then it’s a shaky one, lets just hope they get it right in the next one because I would love to see how the story surrounding Aaron Cross unfolds.
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