The Daily Shift’s Katy Quinn takes a look at the latest Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy…
The Bourne Legacy is the fourth instalment of the Bourne film franchise and what a film it is. Directed by Tony Gilroy and adapted from the well-known Robert Ludlum books, this promises to be everything the other Bourne films were and more.
Don’t be put off by the reviews the film has received thus far, if you like action and a well-thought out, although sometimes convoluted, plot then you will love this. Interestingly, this film begins using the same image that the Bourne Ultimatum finished on, a man lying face down in water seemingly dead and then suddenly swimming away.
Already, the links between the previous three Matt Damon films are apparent and we are off to a flying start. It can become confusing when we are inundated with words like Treadstone, Blackbriar and Operation Outcome so the best advice would be to watch perhaps even the final Matt Damon instalment in order to catch up.
Basically, here is the gist; Jason Bourne has revealed the details of Operation Blackbriar and the Treadstone project (again watch the last film) without actually ever appearing in the film because he avoids capture. As a result of his revelation, the CIA are then being investigated by the FBI and as a result they must eliminate, smart talk for kill, all of the trained assassins like Bourne to cover their tracks.
Aaron Cross is one of these men, thus the film’s tagline “There was never just one” and he is going to do anything he can to avoid capture; like Jason before him. Rachel Weisz plays the part of Dr. Marta Shearing, the scientist involved in enhancing these men so that they can complete their assignments even though she is kept in the dark about all of it, seeing what she as doing as a job.
Now, the hero constantly saving the damsel in distress does get boring so that is why knowing he would never have made it through the film without her makes for a different storyline. If you’re worried about romance, don’t worry ,there really isn’t any, no matter how much you might want it to happen.
Perhaps the best part of Jeremy Renner taking over from Matt Damon is that he was chosen by Damon personally. Speaking at Comic-Con a few weeks back Damon was quoted: “He’s awesome, and you know, he’s one of my favourite actors and I believe him in that world… Renner was the first guy we talked about”.
This film offers something for guys and girls, you’ll be happy to hear, there is plenty of action sometimes more action than actual plot and then there is the breathtakingly beautiful Rachel Weisz (married to James Bond actor Daniel Craig) and the wonderfully handsome Jeremy Renner.
Ignore the negative reviews and look at this film for what it is: an entertaining action movie that leaves you dying for a sequel.