"The Bourne Legacy is exactly that, the legacy, the aftermath, of what's come before. Bourne's public exposure at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum sparks a bonfire that threatens to burn down decades of research and development into the building of better spies and warriors. Audiences will discover that there are actually a variety of intelligence programs, that the CIA's Treadstone was but one of the early developments and that Bourne's actions are creating a tremendous anxiety that other programs may be exposed."
Movie type: Action Thriller - While a sequel to the popular Jason Bourne spy action series, this film features neither the character nor series star Matt Damon. This film focuses on a new character played by Jeremy Renner, whose fans will have plenty to enjoy here. Returning series supporting players such as Joan Allen and Albert Finney have very miniscule roles this time, with recognizable faces Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton taking on new supporting roles. This film is fairly talky before a long closing action sequence, and the violence may be too intense for young children.
Director: Tony Gilroy
Script: Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner (Aaron Cross), Rachel Weisz (Marta), Edward Norton (Byer)
Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Roger Ebert: “Above Average 'The Bourne Legacy' is always gripping in the moment. The problem is in getting the moments to add up.”
USA Today: “Good It's not the same ultra-high-caliber espionage thriller without Matt Damon sprinting around the globe or masterful director Paul Greengrass in charge, but The Bourne Legacy is a brisk and challenging film.”
Chicago Tribune: “Average 'The Bourne Legacy' offers only garden-variety spy games, though they have the modest virtue of getting less obtuse as they lurch forward.”
Washington Post: “Good With 'The Bourne Legacy,' Gilroy has brought characteristic taste and skill to a nearly impossible task: embracing the past without completely erasing it, thereby creating an invitingly complicated and open-ended future.”