A decent story that tell about an event that happened during the same time as "The Bourne Ultimatum" without feeling like a rehash. I actually liked the direction a lot better as it doesn't overdo itself on "flashy editing and shaky cameras" and Jeremy Renner is a likeable hero even if his character never gets the same depth as Matt Damon's figure.
Could not challenge or provoke because it simply didn’t have anything more valuable to offer, when compared to the other three movies from which it was based on. Full Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-bourne-legacy-2012.html
a disappointing mess that mixes serious, A-lister acting with some z-grade genre stuff about genetic enhancement. i'm totally game for renner as the new bourne, but the film wastes too much time with it's silly premise and spends virtually no time introducing his character, or allowing him to exert any real charisma. the first hour is a real chore, with only the bare minimum of action. it feels like treading water.
Gilroy greaduates to director with this new entry yet sacrificies having a likable, believable protagonist barely even giving us his motivation in chasing his miracle drug. Some great set pieces especially the motorcycle chase through Manila but story takes such a back seat this time around its hard to care. Renner is servicable but certainly no Damon with Weisz pensive and Norton clenched for their entire runs.
I was definitely disappointed in this film. I liked the opening sequence in Alaska quite a bit and Oscar Issac was good, but the rest of the film just wasn't compelling enough. Renner does a good job and so does Norton, casting is not the problem. The big chase sequence with the dirt bikes was anti-climactic and the film dragged. Why don't the new characters feel better and stronger than Jason Bourne?
The Bourne Legacy felt like a diet version of the rest of the Bourne installments. There were a few interesting things with what passes for a mythology in this series but ultimately there was just something missing behind the eyes. The part where Rachel Weisz warned about the cops coming into the hotel was hysterical but if they use that fucking Moby song for the credits one more time so help me fucking God!
The action is solid but not as slick, & hits familiar beats from the previous films. Despite this, it is enjoyable, as it has an interesting script. I never bought Damon's & Potente's relationship in the first film. They had no chemistry. Renner & Weiss have a more logical reason to team up as they depend on each other & they bond over the course of the film in a more natural & believable way. Seriously under-rated.
The Bourne Legacy is too long. Cut my half would be a pretty decent movie. Oscillating between a psychological & analytical thriller and an action movie, never knowing exactly which path to choose the plot does not live up to its predecessors nor does justice to the actors.