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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon September 18, 2013
Has Matt Damon given up the Bourne movies? He excelled as Jason Bourne and is a hard act to follow. Bourne Legacy is less of a sequel, and more of a spin off.

Certainly elements of it work very well. Jeremy Renner brings his own brand of intensity to the role, and I like Rachel Weisz as the doctor with whom he goes on the run. I loved the way the scene in her house unfolded with all its twists and turns.

Renner plays a character not named Bourne, but a former soldier named Aaron Cross. Unlike Bourne he remembers everything but seems to be unaware that he was part of a sinister experiment testing for biological weaponry, and he constantly needs medication or something bad will happen.

It's several years later. Treadstone has become an embarrassment, requiring clean up before it gets even more embarrassing.

In covert parlance cleanup means kill. He has been part of a biological warfare experiment though he seems unaware of this, and has to take certain medication. He does have mad lethal skills like Bourne, and he is extremely resourceful. So he becomes the loose end that fights back.

Edward Norton brings his A game as the spook on his trail, giving an outstanding performance and the array of technology at his disposal is impressive.

Matt Damon's Bourne movies are a hard act to follow, nevertheless Bourne Legacy does have its moments. I liked the fact that the answer to the problem lay in the Phillipines, and Cross is resourceful enough to fake a passport with new identities while both he and the doctor are being searched for at the highest levels, and the impressive technology being used to catch them is actually pretty scary. I also found the drone sequences in the wilderness very engaging.

Can they really do all this?

I particularly liked the action sequences particularly the motorbike chase scene in the Philippines, and how the doctor initially lacking any defense skills before she meets Cross, now gets some aggression and contributes realistically to a memorable action sequence, while will probably be the strongest memory I take from this movie.

If you are a Bourne fan, and seen all the movies, your reaction might be similar to mine, I found it a worthwhile experience, and I think that most people having enjoyed the previous Bourne movies will enjoy this too. I hope this was helpful.
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on April 25, 2016
Ordered this DVD and unfortunately cannot play it, as it is a European version and can't be viewed on a North American device 😒. Am able to return it, unfortunately the return shipping (to the UK) is more than the DVD.
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We were all set to be disappointed by this `bandwagon' sequel, especially as Jeremy Renner (the unedifying `Hurt Locker' and mumble-vision `The Town') had the lead role. Happily, however, we were completely wrong. The shadowy world of the Treadstone and Black Briar conspiracies are joined by the even shadier Outcome project as the prime movers try to shut down their operations before the full story breaks in the media (leaked by Pamela Landy in the last film). The plotting and narrative pace is easily as taut as the previous films in the series which really comes as no surprise given that Tony Gilroy was also a member of the screenwriting team for the previous movies. The film does not suffer from the absence of Matt D (although a cameo appearance would have been nice) as Jeremy Renner is surprisingly good as the renegade Outcome operative Aaron Cross. The plot is nowhere near as complex as the earlier films and there's very little of the "who's side is he on" complication beloved of the conspiracy thriller genre but the action just piles along at a relentless pace culminating with probably the best chase sequence ever. An all-round excellent film but with the emphasis on action rather than twisty-turny plot lines it isn't quite in the same class as its predecessors.
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If you have seen the trilogy then there are really no spoilers in this film. The movie picks up where the last one left off, meaning this will be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with the trilogy. Treadstone, a secret CIA assassin operation is being shutdown and all loose ends are being eliminated...meaning anyone who can spell "Treadstone."

The film concentrates on one operative Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) who fakes his death to survive. Now a great flick would have been Jeremy going back and taking out the CIA men who seek to kill him. But they didn't do that...yet. Instead they interject Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing to create a bizarre plot only to end nearly the same as the first Bourne film.

In the next film, Rachel will be killed and Aaron will have to go after the assassin and then apologize to the families of people that he has killed... unless they can convince Matt Damon to come back. Hopefully this is just a tie-in film like "Star Wars 2" and not meant to be great.

What we loved about the Bourne series was the "MacGyver" aspect of Matt Damon being able to create something out of just about anything due to his elite training. I didn't get enough of that. I didn't "feel it" like I did during the original trilogy. There were no great lines like, "If you were in your office we would be having this conversation face to face." I was disappointed in this film which can be added to the list of lame blockbusters that has come out this summer, with a few exceptions.

PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon October 30, 2013
We start off technically where we left off. And for those of US that have not left off. There are plenty of flashbacks to catch us up where we left off.

Jason Bourne is still on the loose; he gets a cameo picture in this movie. Our new hero for this film is the estranged operative Aron Cross (Jeremy Renner) who comes in from the cold to find he was scheduled for dispatch. Only he has no intention of coming in quietly. He is assisted and assists the beautiful Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) as they race for a cure and escape from the evil U.S. government cabal of know-it-alls.

Lots of blood and guts and cheesy scenes, beautiful women, big guns, wide country, and no definitive ending.

Okay now we are ready for the next movie.
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on August 11, 2014
Loved the previous movies in the Bourne Series. Didn't think this one was all that, but it could be because I loved Matt Damon in the Previous installments. Jeremy Renner is a great actor but I was disappointed they had changed the original actor.
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on November 6, 2014
Disappointing, definitely not as good as the three legacies prior. Sorry, Jeremy is not comparable to Matt, at least not after seeing the bar set so high in the first installments of the Bourne series.
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on May 3, 2014
A very good spin off to continue the Bourne movies. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz fantastic actors! Awesome motorcycle stunts in the Philippines.
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on October 2, 2013
A real Bourne fan, came in early and in amazing condition as well. Watched so many times. And well worth the money at time of purchase
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on July 26, 2014
This movie is not as good as the other Bourne movies.
Maybe because Jeremy Renner is not as good as Matt Damon.
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