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5.0 out of 5 stars Bourne again franchise, 9 Sept. 2012
This review is from: The Bourne Legacy [DVD] (DVD)
Okay, so the original Bourne movies ( based on a series of Robert Ludlum thrillers ) followed the amnesiac super-'assassin' Jason Bourne through his attempts to recover his memory and understand how he came to possess a rather interesting skill set (gadget-master; amateur spiderman; martial arts-guru) while simultaneously avoiding the evil clutches of 'bent' US agencies and other similarly skilled bad-guys from Operation Treadstone. The last movie ended as the first one had begun with JB face down in cold water.... alive/dead? - well; if you don't already know, then go and watch one of the best movie franchises to date for the answer.
Nevertheless the premise, that Jason Bourne was not the only one of these agents, was there from the original movie. This is where the Bourne Legacy takes off.
Jeremy Renner plays another agent from Operation Treadstone minding his own business in the icy wastes of North America and getting tooled up to kill and maim; until, that is, that his employers decide that he needs more than just a P45- the operation, and it's agents need to be 'wound up' thanks to Jason Bourne who seems have fallen under the radar of The Guardian (newspaper) - and what follows are a series of "mopping up" scenes reminiscent of The Godfather and Revenge of the Sith- as Treadstoners are sent to 'swim with the fishes'. This is the cue for our man to stand up, and for the mayhem to begin.

What I really enjoyed about the movie was how the thread of the storyline was woven into the fabric of the previous films plot before threading off into it's own original material. Yes this is set firmly in the already well envisaged Bourne Universe with characters from the previous movies (Pamela Landy) still alive and well. (even one of the Dead ones is up and running- albeit briefly!) The pace is superb, with a slow start -which allows for character and plot development - but which cranks up steadily into a truly frenetic climax with action scenes that I thought were purposefully clipped to give the impression of blink-or-you'll-miss-it speed.

The main protagonist Jeremy Renner takes on the lead like he was to the Manor Bourne and shows that Bourne did more for Matt Damon than Matt Damon did for Bourne; and the fine ensemble cast do themselves proud.

The movie also does a fine job of explaining the basis of how the 'Jason Bourne's' of this world get their skills - and the underlying science of it all isn't too badly handled either.

All in all a fantastic movie to watch on the big screen, and as good as any of the Bourne sequels. I really do not know why it has received such a mauling in the UK press (2 stars Empire magazine? Shame on you!) - but audience figures seem to show that the franchise does not need a star who was Bourne in a manger to make it work.

And thanks to Moby for a revamped version of Extreme Ways!
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2013 19:32:49 GMT
John Smith says:
This review is very well written but I could not disagree more., Roof chase. Seen it in BU. Bike chase. Seen it in BU. Single simple thread throughout the whole film. All the baddies untouched so sequel? I was hugely disappointed with this film. The special effects were not special and it left me feeling let down. If there is a sequel, and I think the way we were left hanging I feel there must be, then I hope it is a darned sight better than this sorry attempt.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 14:41:20 GMT
Thanks very much for your comments. I've read a lot of the reviews on here and the movie really does split opinion doesn't it? If The Wisdom of Crowds means anything then I guess that means something. I agree that it's been left poised or open for a sequel and I'm not sure that's necessarily the best thing. But speaking for myself I loved it!

Posted on 19 Mar 2013 16:15:42 GMT
E. J. Addis says:
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