Quick Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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Bourne Legacy gives us a lot of good for being sans Matt Damon. Jeremy Renner holds his own very well and proves he can be a leading man in a blockbuster.

Starting off prior to the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, Legacy finds Jeremy Renner’s character in the Alaskan wilderness, being hunted by a pack of wolves. Then, all of a sudden, he discovers that a drone is trying to blow him up.

Eventually, the film moves past Ultimatum and becomes about another secret government agency. They’re feeling threatened by Jason Bourne’s uprising and trying to kill their own assets before they have the chance to retaliate.

The biggest issue with this film is that it tries to be cryptic. It’s capable of telling us what’s going on, but chooses not to–which can be frustrating when watching a movie. You can tell that these events are opening the door to something cool in the series, but it just doesn’t let us figure out what that is until later.

Often times, we find ourselves scratching our heads, hoping that it all ties together in the end. And it does for the most part. But even when things click, it means nothing of value. You just accept it and hope it will make sense in the next film.

We’re also never entirely sure how it all connects to the Bourne series–other than the same people are involved. But the glimmering hope that it’s going to open the series up to something grander–the bigger picture–makes every piece of this film intriguing.

Regardless of the mysterious plot, it’s really entertaining. The action and chase sequences are high-quality, and there are some really intense scenes. It’s all fun in the end.

Twizard Rating: 85

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