Bourne Legacy Movie Review - What Major Film Critics Are Saying
The Bourne Legacy - There Was Never Just One. Jeremy Renner takes the lead as Aaron Cross, an operative caught up in life-or-death stakes triggered by the events of the first three films. This 4th film of the Bourne series is one of the most anticipated movie ever because of its major change in terms of casting. From Matt Damon to Jeremy Renner, the movie turns out to be much more exciting.
As some of you may already known, The Bourne Legacy do now have a TOMATOMETER of 51% at rottentomatoes.com. According to their website:
It isn't quite as compelling as the earlier trilogy, but The Bourne Legacy proves the franchise has stories left to tell -- and benefits from Jeremy Renner's magnetic work in the starring role.
And here are what the movie critics are saying.
The new cast to whom the franchise has been bequeathed is uniformly strong. Renner proves himself a solid understudy for Damon, even if the character he plays is rather less interesting. Norton follows up his excellent performance in Moonrise Kingdom with another equally good as the spymaster Byers. Weisz brings a sensitive intelligence to the role of Dr. Shearer. And Stacy Keach is a pleasant surprise as Byers's scarred, Mephistophelian boss.
The Bourne Legacy is an eminently enjoyable entertainment—a largely successful, if occasionally labored, effort to breathe new life into a storyline that seemed to have run its course.
Christopher Orr - senior editor and principal film critic at The Atlantic.
Some of that action flows nicely, as in a tense, unnerving shootout in a house, even if Mr. Gilroy can be disappointingly cavalier when it comes to racking up bodies. Little feels at stake here, other than his future as a Bourne director. One of the pleasures of this series is how well its ever more kinetic visual style has served its stories. With its frenzied fragmentation of time and space, the filmmaking has conveyed a sense of urgency that mirrored Bourne’s shattered being and his propulsive, convulsive journey from unenlightened self-interest to accountability, from the existential question mark of his identity to a hard moral reckoning.
By Manohla Dargis - movies.nytimes.com
As for this movie, it is a bit scrappy and all over the place, and there is a baffling plot-hole, or plot-eccentricity, concerning the nature of Cross's final confrontation. But it has plenty of energy and drive, and Jeremy Renner is really good, better as a Bourne-y agent than Matt Damon, tougher and more grizzled-looking, more convincing as the professional soldier who has grown careworn and disillusioned in the public service. I can imagine Renner going rogue, but I often had a tough job imagining smooth-faced Damon going rogue from the cub scouts.
Peter Bradshaw - guardian.co.uk
Renner puts in a strong performance and distinguishes himself from Bourne in that he knows his abilities from the start, and it's great to see Renner emerge as such an intensely physical actor, which Hollywood doesn't make many of these days. The whole supporting cast does a great job as well, particularly Norton as he guides his team through the manhunt, where he manages to make coordinating logistics a fascinating thing to watch.
With its similar feel to the Bourne Identity, Legacy doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel. But, ten years after the original, I'm glad to see this non-shaky return to form, even if the final chase and showdown do drag several minutes too long. And the producers deserve a lot of credit for making what could be seen as a cynical cash-in into a truly worthy and intriguing parallel story line that delivers on the action that Bourne fans expect. I'm definitely curious to see what happens to Cross next, and if the producers can get the stars to align, the idea of Cross and Bourne together in the same movie has the potential of being the Avengers of spy movies.
Jonathan Kim - Film Critic for ReThink Reviews and the Uprising Show - huffingtonpost.com
"There was never just one." That advertising tag line for "The Bourne Legacy"has an almost apologetic ring to it, as if making a Bourne film without Matt Damon — the star of the first three and the epitome of the empathetic killing machine that is Jason Bourne — was a brash and risky move.
As it turns out, no one needed to worry, because few films have less to apologize for than this one. Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments, this is an exemplary espionage thriller that has a strong sense of what it wants to accomplish and how best to get there. And it is impeccably cast, from stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton on down.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic - latimes.com
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