Review: The Bourne Legacy

Review: The Bourne Legacy

I’m a huge fan of the ‘Bourne’ series. The first film set the tone, the second two solidified its unique style into an excellent modern action film. The everyman transformed into a super soldier, an expert operative running from the corrupt government organization that created him.

The Bourne Supremacy for all intents and purposes closed the book on Jason Bourne, but, just like any successful franchise, the powers that be, and the fans want more. So how do you make a Bourne movie without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon? You tell the story of one of the other members of the top secret Government organization that created these super soldiers.

This outing is written and directed by Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the previous films, and stars Jeremy Renner, who is quickly on his way of becoming a household name and action star in his own right.

The film opens with Aaron Cross (Renner), hiking over a mountain in a training assignment. With Operation Treadstone and Operation Blackbriar public and a potential embarrassment thanks to what happened in the previous films, the powers that be decide that Operation Outcome, the latest in the Department of Defense black ops program needs to be reevaluated. Eric Byer (Edward Norton) is brought in to assess the situations, and determines that terminating the program is the best decision. Which results in assassinations and literal termination of all those involved in the program. Caught in the middle is research scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), as well as Aaron Cross, who manages to survive a drone strike.

We learn that Operation Outcome operatives are required to take a pill that gives them the intelligence and strength that we’ve seen in the other films. The subjects are reliant on these “chems,” and the consequences of not having them are disastrous (or so we’re told). The way to counteract the reliance on the pills, is to be “viraled off,” which makes them not have to take the pill. Which is why Cross makes his way to find Shearing.

The film differs in that Cross lacks some of the baggage that Jason Bourne suffered from. It seems that at this stage of the project, they’ve maintained better control of their operatives, and that making them reliant on the “chems” is what keeps them in control.

The film, while maintaining the double crossing and high tech style of the previous films, definitely

doesn’t look anything like any of the other Bourne movies. Greengrass’ fly on the wall, almost documentary style of filming the action is replaced with a far more traditional style of cinematography. The action is standard, nothing stands out as far as set pieces. While I don’t feel like they phoned this one in, everything just kind of feels like business as usual. As far as character development, the main characters connection wasn’t as tight or as believable as the previous films, and Cross feels much more one-dimensional than Bourne.

‘Legacy’ maintains its mystery up until the last act, that’s where things really start to fall apart. The finale action scene just doesn’t feel like it holds up to the standard thats been set for the series, and its ending isn’t satisfactory. Movies are free to leave openings for sequels, but this felt far too unresolved.

All-in-all, its a decent action movie, but we’ve come to expect far more from the Bourne series. Let’s hope like the first trilogy, this one sorts itself out the second time. If there is one.

Howard to Direct ‘Mosaic’

Ron Howard has signed on to direct ‘The Parsifal Mosaic,’ an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s espionage thriller.

The book will be adapted by scribe David Self, which tells the story of a CIA operative who thnks he witnessed the execution of his lover after she was identified as a KGB double agent. No actors have been attached to the project yet.

The film is being produced at Universal Studios, along with a fourth Bourne film, and the Sigma Protocol, another book by Ludlum. The film will be produced by Brian Grazer.

Universal Fast Tracks ‘Sigma Protocol”

Moving fast, Universal has started work on an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s last novel, “The Sigma Protocol.” Universal has seen great success with the adaptation of Ludlum’s Jason Bourne novels.

“The Sigma Protocol” is about a young investment banker who discovers a secret organization that is manipulating global economy. When the banker tries to shine a light on the scheme, he becomes a target.

Several drafts of the script have been written, but Iron Man writers Art Macum and Matt Holloway have been tapped to write the latest adaptation. The two are writing this before beginning to write the ‘Highlander’ remake.

Make Mine a Triple: Great Trilogies

Make Mine a Triple: Great Trilogies

Sequels are sometimes inevitable and often predictable in their inevitability.You watch a great movie, you walk out of the theater and you can almost see the light bulbs appearing over the producers’ heads.“If they loved that, they’ll love a second one!” [Read more…]

The Lonely Reviewer: Episode 2

The Lonely Reviewers are back with Episode 2 of the Lonely Reviewer Show, this time, we’ve got actual opening titles.

Vatche and Justin discuss the results of the Oscars, the next Bourne film, X-Files 2, Batman: Gotham Knight, and have their DVD pick of the week.

Check out the new episode, and let us know what you think, email the show at

Bourne Again!

Jason Bourne is coming back to kick some tush. I am a huge fan of the series and with the shakey hand of Paul Greengrass directing, I am pumped for this installment. I like to think of myself as a Jason Bourne type. Like him I have been voted sexiest man alive, can take on secret government agencies, and know 37 deadly fighting styles. The place where we veer is that while I am the toughest man in history, I can also be as sweet as a lamb holding a panda bear wearing a top hat and dinner jacket.

Here is the full story for the ‘Bourne Confrontation‘. OK I totally made up that title, but I think it works. If this is the movie title then I should be crowned King Awesome. I already have a crown I made that we can use. It is made out of a shoe box and glitter. So much glitter.


News: More Bourne

In an article in Variety trumpeting the virtues of Universal Studios, buried deep in the article is the following sentence:

“Shmuger and Linde landed Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for a fourth “Bourne” movie.”

No word on whether Tony Gilroy, the Oscar-nominated writer of the Bourne films, will also be returning.

Let the Bourne puns continue.  Bourne to raise hell, anyone?