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The Bourne Legacy

Now Matt Damon-less, and suffering a bit from the residuals, screenwriter Tony Gilroy’s Bourne series moves in a slightly different direction with Legacy…but not that different. We're still globetrotting. Our hero is still cracking skulls with random objects. Engines are still revving, and glances are still stoic. This time, though, it's Jeremy Renner—continuing his quest to appear in every single action franchise ever—as Alex Cross, who finds himself dodging missiles, brandishing assault rifles and seeking to find more of the medication that transformed him from a learning-disabled grunt into a super-agile, hyper-intelligent warrior. (That's right: Our hero's a drug addict.) While Damon is certainly missed, Renner is an apt replacement, bringing a startling physical prowess and easy charisma. Unlike Bourne, Cross is a bit of a chucklehead who isn't above cracking jokes or totally freaking out after he dispatches a group of baddies. The only real problem here is Gilroy's direction, which lacks the unique style of his predecessors. As such, the movie comes off as generic, especially given the dumbed-down storyline. All is forgiven as soon as Renner's knuckles go back to work. If only we had Jason Bourne's condition and could forget Damon, this would stand as a solid start to a promising series.
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Release Date: Friday, August 17, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Action Sequences, Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: Jeremy Renner [Aaron Cross], Rachel Weisz [Dr. Marta Shearing], Edward Norton [Byer], Stacy Keach [Turso], Dennis Boutsikaris [Terrence Ward], Oscar Isaac [Outcome No. 3], Joan Allen [Pam Landy], Albert Finney [Dr. Albert Hirsch], David Strathairn [Noah Vosen], Scott Glenn [Ezra Kramer], Donna Murphy [Dita Mandy], Zeljko Ivanek [Dr. Donald Foite], Michael Chernus [Arthur Ingram], Tony Guida [Dr. Benezara]
  • Directed by: Tony Gilroy [Director], Tony Gilroy [Screenwriter], Dan Gilroy [Screenwriter], Frank Marshall [Producer], Patrick Crowley [Producer], Jeffrey M. Weiner [Producer], Ben Smith [Producer], Henry Morrison [Executive Producer], Jennifer Fox [Executive Producer], Robert Elswit [Cinematographer], Kevin Thompson [Production Design], John Gilroy [Film Editor], James Howard [Original Music], Ellen Chenoweth [Casting], Shay Cunliffe [Costume Designer], Molly Hughes [Supervising Art Direction], Leslie Rollins [Set Decoration]
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