Jack Goes Confidential: Bourne Legacy Triggers Parallel ‘Same-Timer’ Story

You’re a stranger to the Bourne franchise?
Good luck keeping up with this latest chapter in the spy thriller series. You’d best at least view 2007’s BOURNE ULTIMATUM before venturing into THE BOURNE LEGACY this weekend. Because the backstory here will definitely make it easier to navigate the storyline as Jeremy Renner steps into Matt Damon‘s role.

Sort of.

True, he’s also a rogue specialist trained by the CIA, but he’s NOT Bourne. He’s one of a handful of agents in The Program which its handlers have decided to shut down. As the film begins we see agent Aaron Cross (Renner) handling the rigors of a survival fitness test—one he was not supposed to survive.

Making matters worse, Cross learns that other agents like him in the companion Outcome program are being eliminated one by one. And on top of that Cross is rapidly running out of specially created pills designed to keep his brain power and physical means at super human levels.

So now while desperately trying to stay alive, he’s tracking down the scientist instrumental in the creation of the super protein pills played by Rachel Weisz who becomes part of the hunted herself.

There’s lots of talking in this chapter of the ongoing international spy extravaganza which winds its way through Alaska, London, New York City, Chicago, Pakistan, Korea, Manila and other world locales.

Some of the scenes could’ve easily been trimmed and the total running time of in excess of two hours cut by maybe up to 15 minutes. Because it’s not until the movie’s final act that the real action erupts in the form of a wild chase sequence in Manila.

Edward Norton effectively pulls the remote strings of the spy infection detail with plenty of drone hunts going down all over the place. Rounding out the cast are Stacey Keach, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Stathaim and Joan Allen.

The bottom line: THE BOURNE LEGACY is a clever resurrection of the franchise and you won’t feel cheated with Matt Damon’s non-participation in this fourth chapter—even though he’s referenced throughout.

Or as Universal’s tag line so cleverly suggests: ‘There was never just one!’

After all, these life and death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

THE BOURNE LEGACY offers 3 out of 5 off-the-grid fingers.

JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. on KMBZ Fm & Am / Also anytime on Time-Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND, Channel 411.

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5 Responses to Jack Goes Confidential: Bourne Legacy Triggers Parallel ‘Same-Timer’ Story

  1. Craig Glazer says:

    Lets see if Renner is now THE movie star that Hollywood has bestowed on him, as the one and only NEW super star.

  2. jack p. says:

    Good point, Craig.
    Had a chance to interview him at CinemaCon and he seems like a great guy. A real mensch.
    I asked him whether he’ll stay with the series? Sure he said…they’ve got me for as long as Universal keeps it going.
    Wouldn’t it be cool if Matt Damon came back and BOTH appeared in one together?
    But let’s be real. The boxoffice results of “The Bourne Legacy” will be the determining factor for future adventures.

  3. the dude says:

    You can’t eat only one!!!
    Does this mark the return of extra shaky cam filming until I puke from motion sickness?

    • jack p. says:

      ….somewhat Dude, but not as bad as what we’ve seen in other docu-dramas of late. I will say that the motocycle chase in Manila..is a real thill-r. Made me wish I had taken those pills myself.

  4. Craig Glazer says:

    Jack I think alot of Renner, many in Hollywood clearly do as well. His range is strong…a hick townie in the Town, a hard nosed bright soldier in HURT LOCKER, two acting nominations, a long line of smaller parts leading up to those hits…and the cool, handsome co star in the latest Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise which he also takes over as the lead…impressive to say the least…my money was on Chris Pine after Captain Kirk in Star Treck…but he has gone a bit quiet…Unstoppable was Danzel’s picture not his…

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