Aaron Cross makes his introduction into the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. This installment keeps Jason Bourne in the picture as the special government agent development program connects him and Cross. Filmmakers even incorporate the plot into the timelines of the previous three installments.
Director Tony Gilroy takes over the reins from Paul Greengrass while co-writing the screenplay with his brother Dan Gilroy.
Jeremy Renner plays Aaron Cross who is a government agent trained in the same program as Jason Bourne who was played by Matt Damon in the three previous Bourne films. He faces the challenge of basic survival after government agencies decide to “wipe” his program, which involves several other agents and facilities where these agents were administered to.
Rachel Weisz plays scientist Dr. Marta Shearing while Zeljko Ivanek impresses in a key supporting role as her co-worker. Marta and Aaron develop an essential relationship through basic needs with his all-around field skills and her “a Ph.D. and two post-doctoral fellowships”, which help Aaron overcome program protocols involving medications given to all field agents.
Other cast newcomers to this series include Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens), and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) who all put in strong performances, especially Isaac who is particularly memorable as a character who provides insight to Aaron and the audience in key sequences near the beginning.
Franchise veterans Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn all reprise their roles and hopefully they appear in future film installments.
The tense plot only offers a bit of “comic relief” near the middle of the film between two character driving in a car. Filmmakers present the political, government and scientific elements very well.
The natural settings in Alaska and technical aspects are outstanding while the action sequences include several vehicles chases as well as incredible parkour infused sequences with several character and law enforcement officers on foot.
The Bourne Legacy looks great and has sharp cinematography, but some troubles with a rocky beginning and slightly disappointing ending (left me wanting more) plus a bit long at 135 minutes, but still a solid film with definite possibilities for a sequel, especially after the revealing appearance of LARX #3, impressively played by Louis Ozawa Changchien (*** out of four stars).
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