Bourne Legacy, The
Theatrical Release: 8/10/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Tony Gilroy & Dan Gilroy
Producer: Patrick Crowley
Director: Tony Gilroy
Runtime: 135 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Jeremy Renner,
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are attached to the new film.
The cinematography in this film is amazing. Scenes like the one of a cabin in the woods miles from nowhere with falling snow are well captured, as are the scenes of an airborne plane in a snow storm. But the violence of the film is a dark contrast to these scenes.
Spies are trying to wipe out the good guys by using a strength pill which kills them. In one scene they use a drug on one man that turns the normally placid person into a psychopath who murders five co-workers in cold blood with a gun and then turns it on himself. Only one woman survives and she is soon on the run along with Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) who protects her after saving her from would-be assassins. Jeremy Renner is quite adept with the martial arts scenes, the shooting and running and all the rest. He takes over the Matt Damon part but plays a different character, that of Cross, instead of Jason Bourne.
The film explodes in the climax with Cross and the woman, Marta (Rachel Weisz), fleeing to Manila but encountering more assassins in an erupting conclusion. They run, flee a deadly assassin on a motorcycle, jump and manage to stay only a short distance ahead of the enemy in this cat-and-mouse chase. The spy game makes for a good story but unfortunately for our Dove movie goers, this one is strong in the language and violence departments and cannot earn our Dove Seal.
Language: GD-1; J-3; For Ch*ist sakes-1; G/OMG-5; H-11; A-2; SOB-1; S-9
Violence: Man is shot in head and some blood is seen; several shoot-outs with people being killed; a man shoots down five co-workers in cold blood and then turns the gun on himself and there are scenes of blood on the character's white outfits; a wolf attacks a man and a man opens up a wound on the wolf and places a tracking implant in the wolf and later it is killed although it is not seen; a cabin is hit with a missile and explodes; a man removes an implant in his leg with a knife; blood seen on ground; plane crash.
Drugs: Green pills which gives agents strength are used often in the film; some yellow pills are given to some agents; a drug is apparently administered to a man which turns him violent; wine is consumed; whiskey is seen in one scene; cigarette smoking.
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage.
Other: Betrayal within an organization; a comment of "I thought he was gay."