Film Revvy: The Bourne Legacy

Image by Universal Studios User Rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55% Positive Reviews

PBJ’s Rating: 5/10 ♥’s

Tony Gilroy takes the reins as director of the fourth installment of the Bourne franchise, which has amassed a billion-dollar success story worldwide. This latest saga follows Aaron Cross, a new hero, as he experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by previous events related to the trials of Jason’s Bourne. Cross is part of a larger defense operation to infect soldiers with a physically and mentally enhancing virus; that is, until the outside world starts to pry and Cross’s superiors have to wipe out the program. Cross isn’t such a fan of this decision, neither is the doctor-who-knew-too-much, played by Rachel Weisz

Guys around the world love Bourne, but I feel like they will find this latest chapter is a letdown. No climax, narratively twisty turvey as usual but offering little resolution, The Bourne Legacy makes it pretty clear that a sequel is in order. Too clear, in fact, as the ending left me feeling confused about what the point was. And as a regular movie goer I felt deserving of that ‘point’ after 2+ hours of my time. Another disappointment: no sign of Jason Bourne (I was hoping for at least a cameo to tie it all together), although there was mention of him and a ‘WANTED’ notice.

On a high note, Event Cinema in Newmarket is awesome! Huge lounge chairs with worthy armrests, and even the front row was far back enough for a perfect view. Also I do have mad love for Jeremy Renner as a fellow Modesto native, something he and I have in common with George Lucas [!] Google it, no lie.

Not surprisingly, Legacy has drawn the lowest critics’ ratings of the Bourne series, but I have faith that the next flick will deliver. Auckland showtimes can be found here if you’re still intent on The Bourne Legacy.

Stay classy,



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