Friday, August 10, 2012

Movie Review: "The Bourne Legacy"

Before seeing The Bourne Legacy, I had never before seen any of the previous Bourne films, but upon seeing this spin-off, I am definitely willing to give them a shot.

In the film, actor Jeremy Renner portrays Aaron Cross, a government agent who has enhanced brain functioning and physical attributes thanks to an experimental drug program, funded by the government.  When a fellow agent named Jason Bourne (who is never actually in the film), threatens to expose a similar government operation, the government shuts down Aaron's division and kill all agents, save for Aaron, who goes on the run, purely looking to survive.

The Bourne Legacy is a taut cat-and-mouse thriller, with some of the finest stunts work you'll see in a film this year, with majority of the action sequences created in camera.  Jeremy Renner once more proves he is a more than capable action movie star after his brilliant turns in Mission Impossible:  Ghost Protocol and The Avengers, this time proving he can carry a film all on his own, and he really should be doing more things like this, because he could be the next great action movie box office draw.  Not to mention, the film just has more brains than almost any other action flick out there.  You have to constantly be thinking to keep up with Tony Gilroy's script, that never spells anything out for you.  You have to piece everything together on your own, but by doing so, you feel as if you're participating in the game of cat-and-mouse, constantly keeping you on your toes and anticipating what's next.  The only flaw is the film is slow to start.  It takes nearly thirty minutes for the film to really kick into high gear and draw you in, but once you are hooked, you can't take your eyes off the screen.

I give The Bourne Legacy an A-

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