by Stacey Dolan
“There was never just one” is the enticing tagline to the newest Bourne movie, following Jeremy Renner as the government Super Soldier gone AWOL. Jason Bourne is about to let the government’s dirty secrets go public, meanwhile Jeremy Renner is the product of a new experimental program whereby soldiers are supplied with pills to improve and enhance their physical strength and intelligence.
Government official Edward Norton decides the only way to come out clean is to cut the program... in doing so, assassinating all the program candidates. However assassinating their own super creations doesn’t come easy. Renner teams up with scientist Rachel Weisz and a chase across America pursues. Running out of pills, Renner’s super strength and intelligence are hastily decreasing. Can he escape his creators?
Although unnecessary, The Bourne Legacy makes for a good watch. It remains true to the style and story of the existing trilogy, with corrupt government officers and high stakes stunts. On the other hand, spy jargon is a little heavy and you’re not always entirely sure of characters’ motivations. Jeremy Renner is a perfect replacement for Matt Damon, especially on the back of his bow-and-arrow wielding performance in this summer’s biggest blockbuster, Marvel’s The Avengers. Legacy was lacking in areas but seems to be a solid foundation for what I suspect will be another trilogy of Bourne films, and hopefully, as with Supremacy and Ultimatum, the sequels will have a bit more bite.