Friday, October 12, 2012

Movie Review: Bourne Legacy

Bourne Legacy

Director: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Jeremy Renner 
           Rachel Weisz 
           Edward Norton 

Ratings: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I've been procrastinating writing a review because I just can't seem to put together my thoughts on this one. Most of the Bourne Legacy scenes were shot in Manila so this is something special to me. However, to be honest, plot and character wise, it just didn't match the level of "greatness" I felt when I watched the previous Bourne movies.

Characters - Jeremy Renner (Aaron Cross) and Rachel Weisz  (Dr. Martha Shearing) did great on this movie unfortunately the new villain, Eric Byer played by Edward Norton looked like a softie bad guy. The acting was just okay and in some scenes he looked "too cute" to be a villain. When giving orders, Norton didn't look serious enough to play the role of a mastermind. And bad guys are supposed to make the viewers hate them but not him. He was like an invisible villain, you wouldn't even remember him after the movie. I thought Joan Allen, who played Pam Landy's role, looked much tougher than Norton.

Plot - Eric Byer's people were chasing Cross and Dr. Shearing. After Pam Landy exposed the Treadstone project, the upper "management" had no choice but to shut down the whole Treadstone project and that means killing everyone on the team. The film showed Byer tracking the agents and killing them all, except Cross and Dr. Shearing. The story was just too superficial for me, without any mystery at all compared to the previous Bourne movies, you know just plain killing. 

It was pretty clear that there would be more Bourne movies after this, like this is a beginning  of new trilogy, maybe? I don't know. All in all, this is just one of those movies worth renting.

About the movie:

The Bourne Legacy takes the action-packed Bourne series to an explosive new level. On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government's intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs - even the agents involved. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started. Also starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, critics are calling this a "thrilling, edge-of-your-seat heart-pounder" (Meg Porter Berns, WSVN-TV (FOX), Miami). - Amazon


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