The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the Bourne franchise. This time it is missing the star and director of the other three movies, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. Writer Tony Gilroy takes the reins this time as director, with Jeremy Renner (Avengers, The Hurt Locker) starring as Aaron Cross, the new super spy who the CIA wants to get rid of. The story picks up from where Bourne Ultimatum left off with everyone chasing Jason Bourne and with all the people that were over the program being called in for senate hearings. The CIA panics and thinks that they are going to connect them to Bourne and feel that they need to scratch the entire program.
This story isn’t new at all. It’s very been there done that. That doesn’t mean it was bad. If this was just some stand alone action movie, then it would be fine, but because it is part of the awesome Bourne franchise, it just looks like the step child of the franchise. Renner does a good job with what he is given as the does fellow co-star Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener). Renner makes the character his own and plays it very differently than Matt Damon. Then again they aren’t supposed to be the same character so that is a good thing. One of the really bad things I would say about the movie is that if you don’t know about the history from the first 3 Bourne movies then you might be a little lost but all of that really is just filler for all the action that happens throughout the movie. Overall I would say go watch the movie. It’s the worst of the series, but there is still a good time to be had there.
Bourne Legacy is theaters this Friday, August 10,2012.