14 August, 2012

The Bourne Legacy



Was it really important to continue with the Bourne trilogy that has attained a certain fandom over the last decade? Not really. Not considering the main players were all going to change.

The Bourne Legacy is more enjoyable if you look at it as a completely separate film. True, it tries to bank on the name of Bourne by running its story parallel to the third installment of the trilogy, but that is just a ploy to not having to explain the intricacies of the complex story (of the earlier films) and also a way to cash in on the trilogy. The annoying aspect of this, for the audience, is that if Bourne Legacy was totally detached from the earlier films and released under a different name, it would probably be exactly the same movie it is now.

So, Bourne Legacy runs like an average thriller. Having realized that it is not at parity with the earlier films within the first 15 minutes, I was able to enjoy it a whole lot more. It does have a simpler plot and Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross might not have the same impact as Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, but he does manage to prove himself as a commendable action hero who just might carry the franchise on his shoulders.

Negatives aside, the film does work well as an action thriller. It's not as smart as the Bourne Trilogy, but is intelligent enough to rise above the average run-of-the-mill action film. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz provide the necessary acting support to Renner's agent on the run and on the lookout for answers about the organization he works for.


The highlight of the film remains the climatic 20 odd minute chase through Manila. If you look at the big picture, the entire film is a chase movie, but the climax surpasses the hour and a half gone by before it. It might not have the big explosions and car crashes that are ever so present in Hollywood action films, but does have a certain in-your-face living-on-the-edge attitude that makes it all the more fun to watch.

The Bourne Legacy fails because by linking itself to the Bourne Trilogy is draws unnecessary comparison. It also ends rather abruptly hinting towards a sequel, which is surely not going to be as highly anticipated as this film. Still, the film makes for an entertaining watch and with a story that is simple to follow it's easier to enjoy it without wrecking the brain too much.     

Rating 3/5

12 comments:

  1. i will agree that the ending is very disappointing.

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    1. Yeha i was expecting a little bit more after the chase. But it seems that besides cashing oin on the name, they want to cash in on the sequel too. Thanks

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  2. I was planning to book tickets but now thinking otherwise...

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    1. Oh Boy! I think the studio that made the film is going to be so angry with me now, not to mention the theater owners :-) But if you want another Bourne then yes avoid it. If you can sit through a moderately well crafter action drama, then go for it. Thanks

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  3. Hi Raghav, I actually like this slightly less than you. "The Bourne Legacy is more enjoyable if you look at it as a completely separate film." Perhaps, but then again, I probably wouldn't have gone to see this film.

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    1. Hi Ruth. I completely agree with you and that is why I think the name is a way to make money and keep the franchise going. Having said that, personally I have liked Jeremy Renner's acting in the films that he has done, even the supporting roles, so I probably would have seen the film nevertheless. I think by linking it with the Bourne franchise the studios played with a double-edged sword. They did get the people in, but then got the unwanted comparision as well. Thanks

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  4. A big disappointment. There can be no bourne film without matt damon. Had high hopes from it but it was just another Hollywood chase thriller.

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    1. Yup! it's hard to change Matt when he made the franchise so iconic... I just wish this was released as a separate film.

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  5. I think if we keep comparing this film with the Bourne series then its utterly disappointing. However, as a separate film this one is intelligent but fails to keep u engrossed though

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    1. I think since the studios pitched it as the fourth in the series it's hard not to compare it to the trilogy. As a seperate film I didn't mind it too much, but the ending and unneccesary links to the trilogy make it a bit frustrating.

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  6. I was very dissapointed! I like your review though. I think I ultimately felt the same except you rated it slightly higher than I would have.

    The ending was ridiculous! Having the cheek to call back the end of Ultimatum was confident to say the least. It's not a bad film, just doesn't (and possibly could never) live up to the original Bourne Trilogy.

    I tried to do my own entertaining review here:

    http://www.squidoo.com/5-most-annoying-things-about-the-bourne-legacy

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    1. Loved your take on the film Matthew, Surprisingly I wasn't disappointed too much because I took it as a seperate film with links to the original series. still overall it could have been much more.

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