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'The Bourne Legacy': What the Critics Are Saying

The action film stars Jeremy Renner, who replaces the role of Matt Damon in the thriller directed by Tony Gilroy, who also co-wrote with his brother Dan Gilroy.

In the film, Renner plays the new off-the-grid Operation Outcome field agent, Aaron Cross, who is completing a rigorous solo training mission in Alaska. The thriller also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton and Stacy Keach.

The Bourne Legacy currently holds a score of 76 percent on RottenTomatoes.

Todd McCarthy says that, "The series’ legacy is lessened by this capable but uninspired fourth episode."

McCarthy adds: "Gilroy has cheated his leading man out of a good part by providing scant backstory, personality traits or motivation other than the most simplistic one of saving his own skin and that of his companion in rebellion against superiors who feel they need them erased."

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alycakes3335d ago

I think this film is going to be great. I'm seeing it this weekend and no one can tell me different.

No_Pantaloons3334d ago

I like Renner, love Weisz, and have the first 3 films on blu-ray, yet have no interest in seeing this at all.

It's a cash in, lets be honest.
The book its based off of isn't by the same writer as the original 3 making it illegitimate in the first place.
But if that weren't enough the whole reason matt demon didn't make a sequel is because he and the director didn't think the scripts were "good enough" (his words) to warrant a sequel. I would consider that a big deal.

It seems like there's no real need for this movie other than the obvious, that Hollywood can slap on a brand name and pull in cash, but that always leaves fans disappointed.

krazykombatant3334d ago

There is nothing "illegitimate" about Eric Van Lustvader, writing the other books. Sure some people don't like him but the books are just as entertaining to watch.

Have you bothered reading the books? I do like the fact that hollywood had the decency of not replacing matt with someone else to play bourne.

calis3334d ago

The movie isn't based on the book. The book has Bourne\Webb in it, this one just mentions him.

And really, even if the movie is a cash in, who cares if the movie is good. The whole point of movies is to be entertained.

calis3334d ago

Seeing this over the next week or so. Can't wait.

I wasn't sold on the idea until I saw Renner in MI4. I definitely thought he could do it based on that movie.