The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy (2012) Director: Tony Gilroy

★★★☆☆

While certainly lacking the luster of the original Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Legacy is still a fun thriller that takes us through an alternate deep state narrative that runs concurrent with the events of the Jason Bourne series. It stars Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a black ops agent in “Operation Outcome,” a program that is testing performance enhancing drugs on its agents. We find him in the remote Alaskan wilderness on a training mission, however when a number of programs are suddenly aborted during Jason Bourne’s resurgence in The Bourne Supremacy, many agents are terminated from “Project Outcome.” Cross only escapes by the skin of his teeth when a drone missile strikes his remote outpost. At the same time, a lab “accident” involving a crazed employee who shoots everyone and then kills himself, leads to a single survivor as Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). In one if the best scenes in the film, Cross rescues Dr. Shearing when a team of bureaucrats to stage her suicide. He masterfully kills each agent and then blows up the house while he and Dr. Shearing escape on the lam together.

However, the film goes a bit off the rails when they must travel to Manila to deliberately infect Cross with the antidote to the genetically modified disease to relinquish his reliance on his steady stream of pills supplied by “Project Outcome.” There is an intense extended chase scene against a seemingly invincible assassin (played by Louis Ozawa Changchien) who is sent to kill the duo by the lead bureaucrat in this film, Colonel Eric Byer (Edward Norton). In the end, Cross and Dr. Shearing escape on a fishing boat. I enjoyed this film, but just not as much as the original Bourne movies.

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