“The Bourne Legacy” is the fourth chapter in the “Bourne” saga, the series that to date has featured Matt Damon as the titular Jason Bourne, a trained killing machine with amnesia.
Each of the previous three were simple stories. Bourne attempts to elude pursuit and evade capture while simultaneously unraveling the mystery of his past.
In this installment, the camera pulls further back and shows much more of the program which created Bourne. The lead character, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), is a similar Treadstone subject who manages to survive elimination when the government decides to “Burn” the program in the wake of the Jason Bourne scandal, in order to mitigate the potential damage. But by delving so deeply into the background story, this chapter waters down its focus and becomes much broader. It doesn’t help that the action isn’t as plentiful – or as exciting – as prior installments either.
It’s still enjoyable, and I wouldn’t call it unworthy of inclusion in the series… but it’s undoubtedly the weakest chapter of the quadrilogy.
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” opens wide this Wednesday, but opened on IMAX screens across the country Friday night. Starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, it’s the story of an espionage team who are set up as the culprits in a terrorist attack they didn’t commit, and subsequently disavowed by their agency and their government. Yet due to their proximity to the events at hand, they wind up privy to knowledge that could stop the real culprits, and prevent nuclear war.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is a hyper-charged action film with a surprising amount of humor.
This year, the start of the Holiday Movie season is November 18th. That’s NEXT weekend already folks!! That’s when Hollywood releases “Happy Feet Two” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, two movies with valid expectations of large takes at the gate. The start of the second blockbuster season of the year!
Here are the movies coming up this Holiday Season that I’m most excited for. Check out Wednesday, December 21st! “The Adventures of Tintin”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, and “Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol”! That’s going to be a busy day!
Making its debut tonight on HBO is Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort, “The Town”.
“The Town” is an amazing heist film that stars Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and Pete Postlethwaite. It earned Renner an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and it currently holds a 94% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.