I am a huge fan of the Jason Bourne movies and I was really excited to see the latest addition to the Bourne series, "The Bourne Leagacy". This film deals with another agent Aaron Cross and the bringing down of the different programs such as Treadstone and Black Briar. The events of this film are triggered because of what happened in the previous three movies.
One thing I loved about the series is the realism in the fighting, the feel of the movie. It took itself seriously and played out a good story. This is where this movie stumbles. The story is inconsistant and the editing throws off the pacing a lot through the film. At the end of the day it felt like a jumbled mess and the ending made for a chase sequence that was so contrived and so long that it really needed to be trimmed down a lot. The Bourne films before always had a beautifully crafted chase sequence that left you on the edge of your seat, this one just falls flat and in turn I feel hurts the movie overall.
This time we have Aaron Cross played perfectly by Jeremy Renner. He is a tremendous actor and shows his stuff on screen in this film. I've always been a fan of Renner's and really enjoyed seeing him on screen as a super spy in this thriller. He wants to bring down the organization that has been genetically creating super soliders per-say and bring his life somewhat back to normal. Renner brings an intensity that is needed for this type of character and makes Cross come to life on screen.
Rachel Weisz plays Dr. Marta Shearing, one of the doctors working on the project. Her life becomes threatened when the organization finds out there is a leak from the inside. Cross comes to her aide and together they work to out the projects of the organization. I am always a fan of Weisz but didn't really feel her performance in this film. I thought she did an okay job with the part but felt that she needed to step up her performance a little to make it a bit more believable. It wasn't a bad performance but any stretch of the imagination but it just wasn't a solid performance.
The others in the cast, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach were solid and I really enjoyed watching them on screen in this one. One of my favorite actors David Strathairn did a good job as always . He brings character to the role of Noah Vosen, which he also played in "The Bourne Ultimatum". This is what a movie like this one needs is, a strong lead and a strong cast of supporting characters. It's just too bad the movie isn't as strong as the acting.
Tony Gilroy who wrote the screenplay and directed this movie did a subpar job on it. He did come from writing and directing "Duplicity" which was a bomb of a film and it makes me wonder why they gave him the reins of such a big franchise. The story was fine with the opening sequence, but then it slowly starts down the slippery slope. I felt that Gilroy didn't know how to properly pace the story and you can see that on screen with how the story is all over the place. There was no rhythm or proper tension building that was needed to tell a story of this scope. You do feel that this is part of something bigger, but by the end you are so worn out from the ridiculous chase scene that you really just don't care. I hope if they go through with other films in this series that they try and get someone like Paul Greengrass who knows how to properly put a thrilling spy adventure on screen. A good attempt but I felt not good enough.
Overall it was an okay start to a new, what I expect to be a trilogy of Bourne films. They have a good cast, though I do hope if Weisz comes back that she gives a better performance. The movie does have it's moments but it's having to sit through a poorly written story and poorly paced film to get to those moments.
I give this movie 3 stars out of 5. It does have strong acting and a strong first act, but if you really want to see it I'd say wait for DVD, On Demand or Netflix. It's not a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen. Till next time my friends.