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Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

 Jeremy RennerRachel Weisz and Edward Norton


The Bourne Legacy movie posterSometimes it’s nice to kick back with a great action flick. One with a solid plot, twists and turns, one that’s part of something even larger than itself and carries with it intrigue and politics, a hero who is human, and a heroine who isn’t a doormat. One with action sequences where they are needed, and not where they’re… not.

The Bourne Legacy is one of those.

My only complaint about this movie is that it didn’t really end. Obviously there’s another one coming, which I hadn’t considered when I set out to watch it. Halfway through I started thinking “there is no way they will wrap this up anytime soon.” When the music came up and I knew it was ending I was, frankly, pissed off. I wanted more. I wanted closure. I wanted a romp in the sheets between the two main characters, or, at least, a passionate kiss. Preferably with his shirt off.

I wanted Jason Bourne back in the mix. Really back in, not just his picture and his name bandied about at every possible turn. I wanted to watch the people who run this sick government program take it up the rear. Hopefully that part is coming, someday. Pamela Landy better be leading the charge, too, is all I can say.

Despite all that, this was a fun movie. Great story, and not nearly as much headache-inducing camera shaking as the previous Bourne’s.

I loved how this part of the Bourne story felt like a part of the whole. I loved how Jeremy Renner played the part of a compassionate, programmed assassin. His consideration for the people he encounters is why the program, Outcome, is considered to be, if not a failure, not a resounding success either. I loved how the girl was human, but not clingy, and how she stepped up and took the lead when she needed to, and backed off when she didn’t. They were a great pair.

The next branch of the program, Larx, has all the skills, with no messy guilt getting in the way. Watching the Larx agent sent to kill them was like watching Terminator without the liquid metal stuff. No emotions, no expressions, just a killing machine. It’s really creepy to think they can create that from a human being.

If you’re looking for an entertaining movie to take your mind off things, this is it. It’s a fun evening out. Just don’t expect a neatly wrapped ending.

9 comments on… “Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy”

  1. My husband works weekends, so we treat Tuesday afternoons like Saturdays. That’s our afternoon together. This past Tuesday, we’d originally planned to go see this movie, but opted instead to play the Guild Wars 2 stress test. Now I’m thinking we’ll still need to go see this movie before it leaves theaters. It’s nice to hear a positive review since I’ve heard a few negative ones.

    • Oh you should definitely go! Although I’m jealous of the stress test…I’m still on the fence about whether I should buy Guild Wars. I have to boot up in Bootcamp to play it, and I’m wondering if it’s worth the effort. I need a review of Guild Wars! lol.

      I think some would say this movie moved a bit slow. It didn’t feel that slow to me, it just didn’t quite end like I usually like. It left things unsaid and undone, but not in a way that made me want to throw something. It felt less a rehash than the Mission Impossible sequels did. I dunno, I found it a fun, entertaining afternoon, and a great date flick 🙂 Except I did wish for some more skin LOL

  2. I really enjoyed this film. Went to see it a couple of nights ago. I did feel it took a while to get going but the two leads were great. It did finish abruptly, nicely setting up the plot for the next film, which I will definitely be heading to.

    • Yeah as far as I’m concerned they can milk this franchise for quite awhile :-D. What I’d LOVE would be a movie with both Jason and Aaron teamed up with Pamela Landy to take down all the government bureaucrats! How much fun would that be?

  3. So how was the movie without Matt Damon Melinda? It’s sounds like it did well. I like Edward Norton. He’s a great actor. I have seen the other Bourne movies, so this one I will eventually see when it hits DVD. Thanks for the review girl! 🙂

  4. I’m with Karen. I really liked the first 3 Bournes, but maybe it’s because of Matt Damon. I actually like Jeremy Renner, but I think I’ll wait for this one on Netflix 🙂
    Thanks, Melinda!

    • They kept saying Bourne’s name as if it would conjure up enough emotion in viewers that they’d forget they hadn’t actually seen him. But honestly this one stood on its own merits, no Bourne needed.

      Still, would love to see Jason in the next one!

  5. I really want to see this!! But I’m sort of bummed that they didn’t give it a nice wrap up ending. I’m cool with there being another, but would still like to have that feel of “okay, this was an ending” at the movies finish. I’ll see it anyway. Hopefully while it’s still in the theaters. Kids and hubby schedules. Sheesh! I love your review. Thanks!

    • Well, it does have sort of an ending. I mean…well, I don’t want to give it away. I bet you’ll think it ends well enough. I just wanted a bit more. A kiss. A love scene. I dunno, something. 😉 Go see it, and let me know what you thought!

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