James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. All the while, he still tries to seek revenge over the death of his love.
The events in this movie take place around the same time as the events in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who then passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they're concerned how this will affect other ops they have. They decide it's best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But someone tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped ... Written by
Both Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) characters share similar traits to one another. Both were recruited to volunteer for Treadstone and Blackbriar projects. Both were military soldiers presumed dead. Both share similar military training and expertise in weapons and martial arts. Both had a love interest (Bourne/Nicky Parsons) and (Cross/Martha Shearing, possibly). Both are being chased and pursed by the CIA by their former mentors/recruiters (Chris Cooper's Alexander Conklin for Jason Bourne and Edward Norton's Eric Byer for Aaron Cross). The major differences is that Aaron Cross knew his real identity as he had revealed it to Rachel Weisz's Shearing character midway through the film. Damon's Bourne doesn't find out who he really is until the end of The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Cross also remembers his family even-though it's revealed somewhat vaguely during his conversation with Martha Shearing and it is not known who if Bourne has or had a family and that maybe revealed in Jason Bourne. Cross is a genetically enhanced soldier both physically and IQ wise and we do not know if Bourne was also enhanced or just a natural, physical soldier without enhancement. See more »
While the characters were arguing outside the car after the house fire, a car can be seen in the distance beyond the bridge they are under, but no car ever passes. See more »
It is understandable that there is a difference of opinion about THE BOURNE LEGACY, but comparing it to the original three Jason Bourne movies is unfair. This is a 'legacy' left by the environment in which Jas Bourne was hatched an as such, for this reviewer, it works very well. The film is beautifully shot in superb cinematography, has a series of tight incidents that demand explanation but which get little due to the fact that this is a spy film about the various intelligence agency and occult secret scientific projects that are always in progress in every country. It is an expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
As someone distilled the plot, 'this film deals with the fall out of the exposure of "Operation Blackbriar" and how an another agency with in the government is trying to cover up their program in order not to be caught up with the coming scandal create by Jason Bourne. "Outcome", the program in question is an offshoot of both "Treadstone" and "Blackbriar" but with a huge difference, they are tabbing into science to create super agents that are faster and stronger than any other agent before them.'
Suffice it to say that the new cast handles this very obtuse plot with a high degree of fine acting. Jeremy Renner is excellent, always reminding us of his humanity while he flies around in incredibly impossible flight situations. The extraordinary Rachel Weisz brings a complex role into the realm of credibility. The solid support cast includes the always excellent Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac, David Strathairn, and Joan Allen just to keep the balance form the previous Bourne films in place.
The speed of the action, the poundingly purposeful musical score and the non-stop fascinating twists and turns make this a top-notch film. It does carry on the 'legacy' of Ludlum's ideas, but manages to hold its own without too much replay of the originals.
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