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.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol or Mission Impossible 4 is one of the best straight action movies I’ve seen this year. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It is almost the best of the series. MI3 directed by one of my favorites, J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek), is the best to me. This one is a very close second though.
The film directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Iron Giant) is your standard action formula film. The IMF team; Jane Carter (Paula Patton), William Brant (Jeremy Renner) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), led by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is framed for a bombing at the Kremlin by a crazed mad man intent on the world going into nuclear war. They have to go out to investigate and clear their names while the Russian police are after them.
The action is wonderful. Crazy landscapes, death defying stunts, crazy cool gadgets, beautiful international locales make up the backdrop of the movie. The shots in Moscow, Mumbia and Dubai were especially beautiful. There is a scene shot in Dubia with Tom Cruise scaling the tallest building there that is something crazy. Cruise is one insane man. All of the stunts for the Ethan Hunt character were done by Cruise himself. He did a great job of with those. The spy gadgets are pretty nice as well. Don’t get me wrong they are no James Bond but they were pretty nice. The vehicles in the movie were also crazy. Hotness.
The supporting cast was pretty good. I would say that this is the reason that this movie didn’t move up to number one for me. Simon Pegg (Shaun of The Dead, Hott Fuzz) and Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) were good. Renner was greatly underused in this movie. If they make another movie and Cruise’s character has the same team, I would like to see them give Renner more to do. Paula Patton(Jumping The Broom, Precious) does not ruin the movie like some were thinking. She’s not the best actress but she isn’t awful. Her role in the movie is that of a supporting player and the story and action move along so quickly that you don’t really dwell on her acting. Go see this movie, It’s definitely a must if you like action movies and liked the other Mission Impossible films, just like I said in my Fall Movie Guide.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX on Friday 12/16 and everywhere 12/21
Fall is here!!! Leaves are falling, the weather is cooler, the boots and jackets have started to come out.Ok it’s been here for a while now but I’ve been so obsessed with tv lately that I forgot all about the movies that are coming this fall that I want to see.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Olsen stars as Martha, a young lady that escapes from an abusive cult led by a charismatic leader Patrick (John Hawkes;Winter’s Bone, Contagion). After being missing for sometime, she returns home and tries to assimilate back into her family. She begins to have a difficult time when she becomes haunted by the memories of her time with the cult and becomes increasingly paranoid with the belief that the cult is watching her every move. This movie looks so good. From the trailer alone it looks like the cast is great, the story is intriguing and its going to definitely be an Oscar contender.