Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

Matt Damon is out of the picture, but the Bourne films are anything but finished.  Jeremy Renner stars in “The Bourne Legacy.”

Renner plays Aaron Cross, a black ops specialist who uses chemicals to enhance his physical and mental abilities.  It’s NOT the same program that propelled Jason Bourne, but you can bet the U.S. government baddies are behind it.

The film opens with Cross on a training assignment in Alaska.  When the Defense Department decides to close the door on Operation Outcome, Cross finds himself dodging the business end of a drone missile.

He quickly gets the message, fakes his death and returns to civilization to find out what went wrong.  He also needs his “chems” to stay a super agent, so he seeks out the government scientist (Rachel Weisz) in charge of Outcome’s medical program.

“The Bourne Legacy” may not be  the thriller the first three films managed to be.  But, it’s well written and very entertaining.  Renner has become one of my favorite action stars.  His Cross is a low-key protagonist, but he’s engaging nonetheless.

It’s a new direction for the Bourne franchise, and I hope we see more of Renner in the future.  We’d also like to know whatever happened to Jason Bourne.  Perhaps they might work together.  Grade: B+

Fast Facts:

Opening Date: August 10, 2012

Released by Universal Pictures

Rated: PG-13

Run Time: 135 minutes