Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Bourne Legacy Review (Updated)

The Bourne Legacy 

Release Date: 16th August 2012 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presentation)
Relativity Media (in association with)
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Captivate Entertainment (in
association with)
Dentsu (in association with)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 150 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $276,144,750

Plot Summary
Aaron Cross, a new hero, 
experiences life-or-death 
stakes that have been 
triggered by previous events.

Jeremy Renner - Aaron Cross
Rachel Weisz - Dr. Marta Shearing
Edward Norton - Col. Eric Byer
Joan Allen - Pamela Landy
Stacy Keach - Adm Mark Turso
Dennis Boutsikaris - Terrence Ward
David Strathairn - Noah Vosen
Albert Finney - Dr. Albert Hirsch
Michael Chernus - Arthur Ingram
Nell Brooks Cunningham - Dr. Dan
Louis Ozawa Changchien - LARX-03
Scott Glenn - Ezra Kramer
Donna Murphy - Dita Mandy
Oscar Isaac - Outcome-3
Željko Ivanek - Dr. Donald Foite
Corey Stoll - Vendel
Shane Jacobson - Mackie
Elizabeth Marvel - Dr. Connie Dowd
John Douglas Thompson - Lt. Gen. Paulsen 
Corey Johnson - Ray Wills
Michael Berresse - Leonard

Story/Screenplay/Director - Tony Gilroy
Based on "Bourne" Series and
Inspiration - Robert Ludlum
Screenplay - Dan Gilroy
Producers - Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall,
Ben Smith & Jeffrey M. Weiner
Co-Producers - Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Kevin Thompson
Costume Designer - Shay Cunliffe
Director of Photography - Robert Elswit
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Fight Coordinator - Jonathan Eusebio
Stunt Coordinator - Chris O'Hara
Film Editor - John Gilroy
Music - James Newton Howard
Writer/Producer/Singer: Extreme Ways - Moby

While I haven't watched all of the Bourne movies that starred Matt Damon, I instead went straight onto the fourth instalment. THE BOURNE LEGACY is in every way that it is sleek and not as good as everyone compares it to the originals. Though the action was good and the suspense is chilling, it's just a shame that this feature reinvents the franchise and has no cameo for Matt. I think this could let down fans who have watched the movies just from Matt Damon. For Jeremy Renner's character Aaron Cross who had just taken over the reins of Damon's Jason Bourne as the main hero and the performance by the same actor is magnificent and he should be teaming up with Matt in the next sequel. Other actors Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton were presented in the movie and I thought they're both convincing and naturally fitted into the genre and in closing, I thought the final half of the film was impressive because of the motorcycle chase scene which I thought was unforgettable.

An absolute espionage action thriller, but a very mild one because THE BOURNE LEGACY does have the occasional thrills for this picture and unfortunately I think it lacks the flair of the three original instalments.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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