Let me begin by saying a few things:
1) I LOVE the original Bourne Trilogy. They are some of the only few movies that I will watch without any issue multiple times, and even with owning them all, will still watch them at any point that they are on TV.
2) I enjoy Jeremy Renner, especially in movies like “The Hurt Locker,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and “The Avengers.”
3) I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve regularly posted, things have been crazy to say the least, but I have a number of write-up coming soon that should help fill the gap.
With all of that said, I really found “The Bourne Legacy” to just be boring. As action movies get further and further along, they find new ways to use a newspaper or magazine to beat the crap out of someone. The original Bourne movies showed that with Matt Damon and I still cringe each time the guy gets beat up with the magazine. The problem with “Legacy” is that they tried to stretch on a story that was had a nice and clean wrap up, but also make a guy who was more badass than Jason Bourne.
For those who haven’t seen or read the movies or books, respectively, Jason Bourne is a super spy whose name is not really his and was trained to be a really awesome operative. And when I say awesome, I mean the best. Even with all of the stuff that goes wrong, he’s still on top of his game, and constantly has to fend off so much stuff and does it all with the increasing difficulties with a style that just rocks. Again, did being able to beat the crap out of someone with a magazine not clearly paint a picture of how awesome he is?
Now take that image. Hold it, smile a little, and then say, “Well, he’s good…but we have better…And all of that nicely wrapped up plot we had? Yeah, we’re going to mess that up and intermix stuff while also debunking all that happened.” Now sure, with the government, we can believe the coverups and debunking, but to take a nicely wrapped package and tear it apart, not cool…The plot moved along in predictable patterns, with characters you didn’t care or feel for. And what’s sad about this is that Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for the original Bourne movies, wrote this one.
It’s probably because I enjoyed the first ones so much that I just couldn’t get in to “The Bourne Legacy.” There are stories to tell in the Bourne universe, this wasn’t one of them.