So, I’ve never been a particularly huge fan of the Bourne franchise. I mean, I don’t hate the trilogy or anything, but I’ve never actually connected to it, either. Still, despite some less-than-stellar reviews, Mek and I figured we’d give The Bourne Legacy a shot.
Ultimately, it was kind of a fail. But it could have been so good.
1. I’m categorizing this review as a blasphemy, and here’s why: I actually like Jeremy Renner in this movie more than I ever liked Matt Damon.
It’s not that Damon’s bad. I like Matt Damon. But when I say I’ve never connected to the Bourne franchise, I mean that I don’t really care that much about Jason Bourne, and I don’t find his story particularly entertaining or intriguing. (Especially not The Bourne Ultimatum with its whole Wolverine twist. Yawn.) I get that the action sequences are well done, and obviously that’s important, but I find Jason Bourne himself to be a little on the bland side.
Aaron Cross, on the other hand, is much more interesting, and Jeremy Renner, of course, is magnetic as hell.
2. Unfortunately, while Aaron Cross’s storyline has all kinds of potential, the movie never actually bothers to act on any of it. Without getting into spoilers too much, The Bourne Legacy offers up some really unique consequences if Aaron and Marta (Rachel Weisz) can’t accomplish this plot-related thing in time . . . but then completely fails to capitalize on the drama inherent in the situation. The pacing of the film is so awkward that almost all of the tension is lost — they take forever setting up pointless scenes and don’t spend nearly enough time on the things that actually matter. At 135 minutes, this movie is needlessly long and disjointed as all hell, which is ultimately what kills it.
3. Which is really two bad because Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz are both excellent in The Bourne Legacy, acting the hell out of what is otherwise a very mediocre movie. They have great chemistry with one another, and I would actually really enjoy watching the continuing adventures of Aaron and Marta.
Just, you know, hopefully better ones. With preferably a different director at the helm.
Shit. I can’t really think of a good one. Um. I’ll just use this spot to bitch about something else: don’t you hate it when movies cut something that you saw in the trailer? The one thing I remember about The Bourne Legacy trailer is this line: “Do you wanna live? Cause I wanna live.” Which I really liked — and then it wasn’t even in the movie. Pisses. Me. Off. Every single time.