The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy-A New Beginning!

Worth a Full Price Ticket

If you are a Bourne Legacy fan you were probably wondering how this fourth installment of the series would work without Matt Damon starring as Jason Bourne, or director Paul Greengrass at the helm: both opted not to return to the spy series. While most movies would have replaced Damon with another actor like we’ve seen with the James Bond series, this movie introduces us to a new character Aaron Cross.

Cross, played by Jeremy Renner and cast starring Rachel Weisz (Dr. Marta Shearing), Edward Norton (Ret. Col. Eric Byer), Stacy Keach (Ret. Adm. Mark Turso), Joan Allen (Pam Landy), Albert Finney (Dr. Albert Hirsch), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen) and Scott Glenn (Ezra Kramer) offer us a fresh start to a new Bourne franchise.

Playing double duty as director and co-writer with his brother Dan, Tony Gilroy set out to do the impossible-write and direct a movie without its main ingredient Matt Damon. The previous Bourne movies have collectively grossed over 1 billion, so the stakes are pretty high for this one to be successful.  Did he achieve his goal-yes he did. But not without some bumps along the way.

The movie starts out very SLOW. We are introduced to Aaron Cross in the beginning of the movie, but you don’t know who the heck he is or what the heck he’s doing. They show pictures of Jason Bourne and go back in time but its kind of hard for you to make the connection.  You don’t know if he’s an older Bourne or someone else. Perhaps this was done on purpose to get you  so confused that you are ready for the plot to make sense. About 30 minutes in you begin to see the plot emerge.

The Department of Defense is running a top-secret project that involves military heroes. The project abruptly ends and the DOD has to figure out a way to decommission the program participants. Aaron Cross, a project participant, is determined to exit to project on his own terms. The remainder of the movie is fast paced and more than makes up for the slow start!

After surviving the first half hour, the Gilroy brothers do an good job of giving you enough flare of the previous movies while at the same time creating a parallel storyline that can hold it’s own. The stunts are awesome and the acting is pretty decent.  As the action picks up you really begin to feel this flick come into its own; it definitely has its own identity and is a good setup for future story lines. They’ve left us with an open door to take this new storyline into a multitude of directions. Faithful fans will not feel short changed and moviegoers new to Bourne won’t feel lost.

We’re predicting this will be a box office hit opening weekend. You will not be disappointed!

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