The Bourne Legacy
8 out 10
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.
The opening scene carry much of the tension and suspense as Cross meets up with his counterpart and tries to escape wolves and a bombing drone. There’s breathtaking action, notably a bike chase, which is fast paced and wonderfully shot by director/writer Tony Gilroy.
Continuing the series tradition with a cast of heavy weights, Edward Norton and the marvellous Stacy Keach put in first-rate appearances. Rachel Weisz is on form as Marta Shearing and carries the emotion during the events of Legacy, her arc feels genuine especially as her and Cross’ friendship develops. While former cast members including Scott Glenn, Albert Finney and Joan Allen are reduced to cameos, video footage and photos which link the series. These connections are significant as the story runs parallel to Bourne’s conclusion.
Nevertheless, Legacy follows The Bourne Identity’s format a little much to the letter, scenes are reminiscent of the first outing. It lacks the intrigue of the others and is less than subtle in referencing Damon’s outings. The ending feels abrupt but welcoming as it sets up an inevitable sequel that hopefully won’t follow the retread the same ground as The Bourne Supremacy.
There’s less espionage, more action with enough surprises to keep the legacy alive although it does tread some same stones.