Directed by Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton in lead roles, Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the ‘Bourne’ film series based on Robert Ludlum’s ‘Jason Bourne’ novels. Just like the previous three installments, this one is just ‘inspired’ by the novels rather than a total remake. Let’s see how does it fare without Matt Damon aka. ‘Jason Bourne’.
Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is a member of the ‘Operation Outcome’ which is one of the Department of Defense’s black operations programs that provides agents with green pills that enhance physical abilities and blue pills that enhance mental abilities. But there is a problem. The biological experiment on Aaron is going wrong and the only one who can help him is Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). But she herself is stuck up amidst all the mayhem created by the CIA and its goons led by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) who are out to kill both of them. Can they survive? Will Marta be able to help Aaron survive the biological experiment?
Though the storyline is pretty simple, the first half of the movie is really stretched to breaking point. With Aaron jumping up and across mountains in the Alaskan landscape and nothing much going on other than Eric leading his team, you slowly but surely move towards utter boredom. Just as you hope that something more interesting comes along, the narrative gets even more confusing and complicated. There are too many questions but too few answers. Even in the second half you keep waiting for something to happen which may suggest that you are watching a ‘Bourne’ movie. But those moments come only in the climax which in itself seems quite stretched!
There are certain sequences like the brilliant air attack, the escape from Rachel’s house and the shootout in the lab which are shot pretty well. But few good sequences don’t really make a movie. And when this happens with a ‘Bourne movie’, it is bound to be a huge disappointment.
Jeremy Renner is pretty good as Aaron Cross. He looks tough, muscular and soldier like. At some points he even betters Damon’s screen presence in the earlier installments. Rachel has quite an important role in the context of the movie. But she just comes across as par for the course. Edward Norton’s role doesn’t demand any histrionics and thus ends up as something he wouldn’t be too proud of.
All in all, if you are a fan of the earlier Bourne movies, this one is a huge letdown! As a standalone thriller, it isn’t worth talking about either as it lacks action, thrill and even suspense. Tony Gilroy has significantly lowered the ‘legacy’ of the ‘Bourne’ series by this disappointing flick.
Rating – 1.5/5