Sort of a sequel, not quite a reboot--The Bourne Legacy is not easy to peg as a follow-up to the original Matt Damon trilogy. Except for this: it's a heckuva satisfying spy picture, an ingenious expansion on the Bourne universe that also meets the expectations of a multiplex title circa 2012. (Plenty of action to go with the espionage talk, in other words.) Jeremy Renner takes center stage as Aaron Cross, an agent groomed by the government program that also unleashed Jason Bourne, but with a few new wrinkles. Cross is busy training in Alaska when he's caught in a tsunami of hurt, thus beginning a frantic search for answers that leads to a mad motorcycle chase through the streets of Manila. He picks up a partner in government doctor Marta Shearing, who is mighty confused herself after nearly being caught in a madman's bloody rampage. She's played by Rachel Weisz; like Renner, she lifts her character above the usual genre expectations. Kudos to writer-director Tony Gilroy, who scripted the other Bourne installments--he brings his knack for crafting intelligent, complicated stories and zingy dialogue to good use, while simultaneously announcing himself as a potential James Bond director. Two caveats: the movie's timeline makes it slightly confusing to sort things out with the ending of The Bourne Ultimatum--at least on first viewing--and the ending itself sneaks up on us a little abruptly. But the movie's a humdinger anyway: not exactly Bourne again, but something distinct to itself. --Robert Horton
Bonus Features Deleted Scenes Re-Bourne Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location Man vs Wolf Wolf Sequence Test Feature commentary with director / co-writer Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second unit director Dan Bradley, and production designer Kevin Thompson. BD Live - My Scenes
The Bourne Legacy
takes the action-packed Bourne series to an explosive new level. On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government's intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs - even the agents involved. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started. Also starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz and Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton, critics are calling this a "thrilling, edge-of-your-seat heart-pounder" (Meg Porter Berns, WSVN-TV (FOX), Miami). ---------------
La Peur dans la peau : L’Héritage de Bourne propulse cette série déjà remplie d’action à un nouveau degré explosif. Leur complot étant sur le point d’être révélé au grand jour, des membres du service des renseignements du gouvernement feront tout en leur pouvoir pour éliminer toute trace de leurs programmes ultrasecrets, y compris les agents impliqués. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) doit user de ses habiletés génétiquement modifiées pour survivre à un jeu du chat et de la souris endiablé et compléter ce que Jason Bourne avait commencé. Mettant également en vedette la lauréate des Academy AwardMD°° Rachel Weisz et le candidat aux Academy AwardMD†† Edward Norton, ce long métrage est considéré par la critique comme « un film à sensations fortes aussi palpitant que saisissant » (Meg Porter Berns, WSVN-TV (FOX), Miami).