I'll complete this review tonight, but last night I watched the first half of The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy Renner has become one of my favorite actors, and after seeing him on SNL a few weeks back it's pretty clear that this is one very talented guy. I've enjoyed each of the first three Bourne Films and so far this one is living up to my expectations. I love the way they overlap this one with the end of the last film. It's very smart how they transition you from Jason Bourne to Aaron Cross (Renner). Unless the second half of this just fizzles, so far it's a winner, IMO.
The Bourne Legacy - 8.5/10 (through the first half)
Just finished the film and I'm actually going to increase my rating a bit...I thought this movie was solid. I haven't read many of the criticisms of the film, so it'll be interesting to see what aspects people have taken issue with, but my opinion is pretty firm. One of my main concerns going in was that we were going to see Jason Bourne "lite". That's not what it was at all. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of the movie was the fact that Aaron Cross is an entirely different person than Jason Bourne. His personality is different, the way he sees the world is different, what he knows about his background and his purpose are both different, etc. Jason Bourne is sort of taking it all in and functioning on auto-pilot much of the time as he's trying to make sense of what is going on. Aaron Cross has all his ducks in a row, knows the score, and is able to move pieces around like a chess board. One of the best sequences in the film are the scenes between Renner and Rachel Weisz when they are sort of exchanging information. There is even a bit of comic relief thrown in in some of the dialogue that I thought was great.
In the 2nd half of the film we get more of the Bourne action, but to me the best part of the movie as a whole is how many nuggets we're served up about the history of Treadstone. They sort of mix in the political angle, the personal angle, the patriotic angle, and a few other ingredients and what you get is a really appetizing 2hrs, IMO. Renner is NOT Jason Bourne 2.0....he's Aaron Cross 1.0. I love where they took this movie and I can't wait to see the next one.
Revised rating: 8.8/10
Edited by Focker - 12/12/12 at 9:45pm