Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be of the fourth instalment in of the Bourne film series; The Bourne Legacy.
Now before this film came out, I had massive reservations about it. I loved the first three Bourne films, though The Bourne Legacy was going to be the first Bourne film without Jason Bourne in it and that bugged me. But what bugged me even more was the fact that there was even another film in the series after the trilogy ended. But slowly the trailers started to gain my interest, so I went to see the film the other day and The Bourne Legacy wasn’t half bad at all, though nowhere near as good as the previous Bourne films, fact.
When it comes to story it goes a little something like this:
“When a plan is put into motion by a top-secret government program to wipe out all the genetically modified killers it created, one such operative must flee in order to save his life.”
The story overall really wasn’t all that strong, complex or as interesting as the previous films. What was so good about the previous Bourne films was the balance between great storytelling and action. With the previous Bourne films there was a great story to be told with the mystery of Jason Bourne’s character, he wanted answers and as the audience you wanted to see him get those answers. There was a lot drama, emotion, conspiracy, lies and deceit and loads of well-choreographed and smart action. In The Bourne Legacy you never feel properly invested in the story, at first it really drags and plods along and inserts segments from the previous films just to remind you that you’re watching a Bourne film. And while its nice that they tried tie this film with the others, I kind of found it distracting and I just wanted this film to tell its own story. Eventually the film actually picks up and starts to get interesting when Aaron Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing start to dominate the screen. The film is at it’s best when these two characters are involved, other than that everything is sort of average, nothing special.
The cast of this film is actually pretty good, but their characters are pretty lame and forgettable bar Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross was pretty good, at first I was trying to see why I should like his character but once he get got interacting with other characters I saw why. He was likeable, funny and tough. He went through the film trying to get answers and beating guys up in stylish ways (basically doing what Matt Damon did before). Renner handled his combat scenes well, though I expected nothing less from Hawkeye from The Avengers! Though when you compare his story and situation to Jason Bourne, he doesn’t come close to the complex and dramatic tales that Matt Damon endured in the previous three films. Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing was pretty good as well, seeing her character try to adjust to all of the crazy scenarios happening and have to put her trust in Aaron was interesting. Her and Renner had some great screen time together and while Weisz’s American accent was okay, throughout the film her British accent was breaking though and to be honest I would have prefered her natural accent. Everyone else in the film was good, but they weren’t really all that interesting. Every new face that entered the film just weren’t that interested. Most of them made the plot feel cluttered and unlike the other Bourne films where every character felt relevant or linked to the main story, in Legacy everyone who wasn’t Aaron or Marta just felt dull.
When it comes to the presentation of the film it is pretty good. The action scenes and sequences are interesting, inventive and nicely choreographed, though none of them ever reach that fever-pitch that the previous Bourne films do, plus a lot of good fight scenes or chase sequences were in the trailers so when you watch the film there isn’t much left to surprise you. The soundtrack by James Newton Howard isn’t as good or as memorable as the previous soundtracks done by John Powell, while Howard borrows a few musical cues from the other films, his music here never quite has that dramatic or emotional sound.
In conclusion The Bourne Legacy is a good film, but in my opinion it is nowhere near as intriguing, dramatic or cool as the original Bourne trilogy. I hate to keep comparing, but its hard when the other Bourne films were so good and then you come to this film hoping for more of the same only to be disappointed. That isn’t to say that this film isn’t without its merits; Jeremy Renner is a great leading man, the action and level of conspiracy is nice and this story, once it finds its feet is pretty interesting. Go out and watch The Bourne Legacy, it’s a nice summer film, just don’t expect anything as great as the Jason Bourne adventures.
Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed and drop me a comment, let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! 😀