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The Bourne Legacy: Movie Review

Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Donna Murphy
Released by: Universal Pictures

In Short: Exciting action, chillingly brutal scenes and an all-new hero make this reboot of the "Bourne" franchise a fun night at the movies.

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Bourne is Back, Sort of

Don't look for Matt Damon in this fourth installment of the "Bourne" movie franchise, for he's gone with the wind. Actually, you'll see a photo of him and also hear about how he continues to elude capture (as he did in the first three installments of the popular series), but "The Bourne Legacy" isn't about him at all.

Instead, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who adapted all three of the previous Robert Ludlum spy novels into films, has fashioned a completely new tale of U. S. government-created supermen for this reboot. Gilroy directs this time, too, and puts Jeremy Renner in the leading role. He plays Aaron Cross, one of a number of chemically altered superspies, who have heightened physical and intellectual powers and are working covert operations.

But when things start to go wrong within the program, the government bosses (led this time by a creepy Edward Norton) decide to get rid of the whole thing, by cold-bloodedly wiping out the spies. But Cross isn't taken out so easily, and the adventure begins. Will he stay alive?

Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz in The Bourne Legacy

Renner is a likable hero in the story, a guy who wasn't so smart to begin with but somehow ended up as a genius of espionage. He eventually joins forces with Rachel Weisz, who plays one of the scientists who invented the drugs that have made him into a fighting machine. Once they get together, that's when the action really heats up, with some out-of-control chase scenes through the streets of Manila culminating in an incredible motorcycle showdown.

Gilroy has woven together a well-crafted thriller that features a number of truly chilling scenes as well as some terrific, action-packed moments. "The Bourne Legacy" is a fast-moving, reasonably believable spy-versus-spy yarn that keeps you guessing, gasping and cheering for the hero to come out alive. Of course, everyone who has seen the previous three "Bourne" flicks knows that our new hero is bound to make it out in one piece. After all, this is a franchise reboot, so he just has to stay alive to fight another day.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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