Mini Review – The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

Mercifully Short Review
by Jonathan Empson

We meet genetically enhanced assassin Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he survives the Alaskan wilderness. Meanwhile, CIA bigwigs shout across tables at Edward Norton, who runs the whole super-assassin program, which is so secret that the CIA doesn’t know about it, or even how he got in the building.

Jeremy survives the wilderness a bit more. Edward has more meetings. Because Jason Bourne has gone rogue, and he needs to shut the program down. By killing everyone involved in dramatic, public ways, as obviously this will draw less attention.

Geneticist Rachel Weisz is one of those targeted, but Aaron saves her and they’re soon on the run. At some point, off camera, they must get the Bourne trilogy out on DVD to see how he did it, because this film offers nothing new, and much less character development. Renner and Weisz are good, though. 7/10


Released August 15, 2012.

Jonathan Empson’s TV script Chromewas nominated for an AWGIE in 2010.

His recently completed historical drama-comedy feature Leonardo’s War is in circulation, and his black comedy-thriller Get Out of Here has been optioned.

He is represented by Rick Raftos Management.

1 thought on “Mini Review – The Bourne Legacy”

  1. Agree. Matt Damon was right when he refused to get involved and said ‘what’s with all the pills?’ Bourne was never on pills! Also, what’s with introducing a new antagonist at the beginning of Act 3, and the final battle is a bike chase. What happened to the main antagonist, Norton? Or we have to wait for the next 2. Yawn. Shame. Seems like Gilroy sold out for the money. Michael Clayton far superior. Wonder what Doug Liman makes of it.


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