Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

I love the previous three Bourne movies. We (my husband and I) own the DVDs and like to watch them occasionally. We’ve been excitedly waiting to see what the new Bourne franchise would be like. We worried. Could the new group produce an equally good movie? Our biggest concern was whether this new movie could succeed without Matt Damon. We decided to see it the first day of it was released. Here’ what we saw:

The third movie ended with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) jumping into the water. This new movie, The Bourne Legacy, begins with this big, super-macho guy (Jeremy Renner) jumping into the snowy waters of backwoods Alaska.

The first part of the movie is all about this super-macho guy (name unknown at this point) hiking up and down mountain ranges and fighting off wolves. Without talking, I could see that he was running low on some important medication.

The scenes go back and forth between the mountain scenes and the mega-communication room back in New York City. This is the same group we saw in the three other Bourne movies. They have the latest technology that allows them to see, supposedly, every survellence camera in the world. This is the evil side of the CIA. They order death without a milli-second of regret.

This evil group created another secret group of agents called The Program. Mysterious medications have been given to them to turn them into extremely strong and extremely smart agents. For some reason they decide to eliminate The Program and kill all these super agents.

The super-mecho guy I mentioned is a member of this group. He hooks up with a doctor (Rachel Weisz) from the lab in order to get more meds. But soon, they are both on the run. Their lives are in danger. The remainder of the story is about their attempt to escape.

This is definitely an action movie. There are three major chases. The most exciting was a motor cycle chase through Manila. To tell you how exciting this movie is, I have to say I had my eyes closed for about 20% of the movie. It was very graphic and very fast paced. I thought it seemed like a very fast paced novel, for example, James Patterson’s.

The visuals and photography was also incredible. I saw scenes from all over the world. Overall, it was very good. Did I miss Matt Damon? Yes, but I thought Jeremy Renner was a great substitute. I’m sure there will be more movies in this series. I’m not sure why they call it Bourne Legacy. It didn’t seem to have much to do with Bourne. Oh, well, we’ll see what they come up with next.

Have you seen this one yet? What did you think?


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6 Responses to Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

  1. Beth F says:

    This is on my list! I’m not sure if we’ll go to the theater or wait for the DVD.

  2. cerrin says:

    I want to see this but I am waiting for the DVD

  3. I haven’t seen any of the Bourne movies but Carl has seen them all. I’m sure he’ll want to see this one too.

  4. Belle Wong says:

    I haven’t seen any of the Bourne movies, either, but Ward has seen them all. I know this one is on his list!

  5. kaye says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but I want too. I loved all the others. I have worried about the Matt Damon substitution so your words ease my mind. Have you read the novels? The first three are actually set in the 1970’s during the vietnam war. Bourne is a soldier. The books are quite a bit different than the movies and I actually liked them a little bit better. When Robert Ludlum the author of the three original books passed away Eric Van Lustbader finished the author’s unfinished manuscript for the 4th book. Since then he has written four more. I’ve only read the original trilogy. Maybe after I see this movie I’ll be tempted to read the book.

  6. Staci says:

    I never thought that I would enjoy these movies but one day my hubby and I watched them on Netflix (I think) and I thought they were great. We don’t go to the movies very often at all so I will probably watch this one on DVD at some point.

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