Rated: PG-13 Violence and Action Sequences Reviewed by: Nina Release date: August 10, 2012 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
When you heard about the new Bourne movie, you were ready for that take-no-prisoners, they-made-me-now-they-can't-catch-me, operative-chasing-operative movie – with lots of shooting, running, jumping action. We are already rooting for the agents because we know they have been mistreated, medicated and mentally altered, forced to do bad things in the name of power.
The Bourne Legacy has an excellent set up for the back story we already know and the slant is that it was happening during the last movie from the boss' point of view, the high-level government officials who are running the programs and realizing they are out of control in reining in these field operatives. We get a good look at the training program in Alaska along with a good look at the scientific workings of all the variations of the Treadstone program. It takes a little while to get there but you'll appreciate it once you know the set up and the consequences of their actions.
The focus of this movie, Aaron Cross (agent #5), is intensely acted by Jeremy Renner, he shows the "Bourne" demeanor with a little humor and an endearing vulnerability that has you rooting for him to break free. Rachel Weicz is a good counterpart as Marta Shearing, the seemingly naïve researcher who admits to only administering the protocols and not really knowing what they have produced, her role escalates pretty fast and makes you wonder where these woman are that can be a scientists, brainy and demure one minute, then running through the woods and infiltrating a high level research facility helping the hero escape the next? Yesterday she was probably drinking a latte at Starbucks.
The intrigue and the players all lend to an enjoyable movie and you are surprised when you hear the familiar music and it's the end. The pretense is mind boggling when you realize just how many government officials are involved. They have bottomless resources and will go to any lengths to stop anyone from knowing just what is going on. Of course it is WIDE open for the next installment in the Bourne franchise and you leave realizing you just might be looking forward to it.
It's very exciting and entertaining once it gets going, has enough of the car crashes, motorcycle riding and high tech equipment sequences to keep you interested, you will munch right through that large tub of popcorn you bought! A great storyline that will keep you waiting to see if Matt Damon makes an appearance as Jason Bourne in the next movie– maybe as the head of the rogue agents who's actually running the show? That might not be a bad idea!