My Bourne Legacy Review

8 thoughts on “My Bourne Legacy Review”

  1. Well put. I went away not wanting to say anything bad about it, but having a hard time faking any sort of joy. I like Renner, but he seemed to play the regular guy with cool skills, that weren’t on display very often. I can understand the angle, but it just didn’t grab me. I think what was missing was how Damon as Bourne looked clearly to be in control of the situation, enough to make you jealous at how awesome he is at his job. Renner seemed a lot more normal and therefore fallible and in some ways; lucky to be alive at the end.

    It seems that they didn’t want to say “do it like Damon”, but if you’re going to change it, you really have to do the other parts well and they fell short. Edward Norton played Mr. Snarky Pants, more mouth than substance. I couldn’t understand why he’d be in charge of such an operation. There were also a lot less majestic shots of the locations. With being in DC and the Phillippines, there wasn’t much about the location to grab you like the other films.

    I sooooo wanted to like it, but it was unremarkable.

  2. I too came away disappointed. Not that the film was terrible – it just wasn’t good enough. If you have to rank the 4 Bourne films – this one has to come in 4th. In my own review I called it – the old Bourne with new actors. I guess they wanted it to be the both the Old Bourne AND the new Bourne.

    Rooftop chases – check
    stolen motorcycles – check
    gal pal alongside – check

    Biggest difference – we couldn’t tie in with the Cross character as we did with Bourne.
    Damon’s Bourne was chasing down his past to find out who he was today, while Renner’s Cross had no past.

    1. Mike

      I found the movie pretty big letdown – considering all the hype that had built around it. Not sure I can be convinced to stand in a queue to watch this movie again 🙂

  3. I gave this movie a 5.5 in my review, which means I didn’t hate it but it was still very disappointing in comparison with how good it should’ve been considering the quality of the source material and the talent on screen.

    I completely agree with you that a lot of the characters felt like charicatures, especially Norton (who I usually love but just felt like a new version of Noah from The Bourned Ultimatum. Even Rachel Weisz who I love just wasn’t that compelling. What I loved about Marie in Bourne Identity was that she wasn’t just some damsel in distress that he was saving but an innocent bystander that got pulled into Jason’s world by his own need than any will of her own. She was a much stronger character and no amount of acting on Weisz’ part could’ve equalled that

    Anyways feel free to check out my review and I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

    http://rorschachreviews.com/2012/08/11/the-bourne-legacy-review-greengrass-and-high-tides-forever/

  4. Thanks fir writing up your review. Sadly, you’ve described my expectations for the movie just from watching the trailer. I must see the movie, anyway, of course — I couldn’t not see one of the series. Maybe with lowered expectations going in something will surprise me. t

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