The Movie: 8/10
Aaron Cross is one tough sob. He goes across a mountain range in the first part of the movie, that’s the FIRST part, not the climax. This makes a dude tough in my opinion. Once I was comfortably convinced that our leading man is a solid compelling individual I was set for the ride. I let go of any questions along the way and let it all just happen. This is important in the Bourne universe. There are cracks and peeling paint on some of the elements of the story, the characters, some choices they make, and more. When I find a movie that has those cracks and yet the goodness overrides those flaws, it makes an impact. Bourne Legacy isn’t life changing or even thought provoking, to be honest. It is filled with mostly action sequences, which I do not like enough to stay full engaged, but I lived with them all for the better bits and pieces between the chases and fights.
What’s wrong with The Bourne Legacy? Why? That’s the question I had for a few of the choices the characters made along the way. Asking why a person in a story is doing something can be part of the experience, but in this case it was more like they were doing things that were short cuts to get from idea A to idea B. There were moments that did not serve the story with that fictional honesty I like to expect from my action flicks. So what. It’s a story about hopped up spies who infiltrate hidden terrible things happening around the world and let loose their severely trained and now chemically altered kick-ass selves on the bad guys. They are monitored and controlled by a secret government department, of course. They are fictionally just below super heroes, so my demand for more truth or realism is not realistic, that’s why I was able to overlook those “why?” “why?” “why?” moments.
Aaron Cross is played by a very intense and highly watchable Jeremy Renner. He distracts me from the why?’s and keeps me interested. Rachel Weiss is, as always, amazing. With each other they have glimpses of brilliance playing off each other in a way that felt so natural. This is very important because of the lack of substance in this particular installment of the Bourne world. I say it has a lack of substance because it does. There is a skeleton of a good story. It’s further investigating hidden evil in the world and revealing more about these secret projects with our fine tuned spies fighting, climbing, driving, and sometimes dying.
I enjoyed the movie as a whole, and a lot of the individual scenes, parts of scenes, interactions between our leading characters. It’s exciting and heart pounding at times. There is an appropriate amount of tension and I was sucked into the danger our lady friend was in at a few different points. I really do like riding on the edge of science fiction and reality. People being altered on a genetic level, but not so they can fly or be invisible. They are enhanced, their minds, their bodies, their abilities to learn and thrive in the most dangerous circumstances. The thing is, the only real threat that left an impression on me was what would happen when Cross might have to face losing his enhancements. We get a tiny hint of who he was before he became part of this project. He has been improved considerably, and being tangled in that kind of new life the cost of losing the new skills and abilities would be devastating. I like that we don’t get a hole hunk of flashbacks about missions or his past life. We get enough for me to be tantalized and satisfied at the same time.
It doesn’t sound like an 8 out of 10 movie, since I didn’t fall in love with it. The thing is, it’s super high quality, excellent cast, beautifully shot, a couple of exciting locations and a heap of potential. I do give points sometimes for potential, but only when I am relatively satisfied while also being really impressed, heart racingly impressed a couple of times. Another thing that pushes a movie up the scale for me would be specific moments, scenes, even a brief concept realized in a quality way. This time around I have a favorite scene. It’s in a kitchen, all talking, quality performing by all parties involved. It was the kind of scene that made me want the whole move to be THAT scene but bigger. This is why I don’t make movies.
- Enter Aaron Cross – Renner tells us how he came to get the job as the new face of the Bourne franchise.
- Crossing Continents: Legacy On Location – The filmmakers talk us through the new locations that the Bourne franchise will be visiting this time around.
- Man Vs Wolf – They used real wolves, fake wolves and full animatronic wolves. Watch Jeremy Renner fight them in this cool 5 minute featurette.
- Wolf Sequence Test – An animated pre viz style sequence of the Wolf scene.
- Moving Targets: Aaron & Marta – Cast and crew talk about the relationship between the two main characters.
- Deleted Scenes – Seven minutes of deleted scenes, one of them is especially good and should have been included in the final film.
- Re-Bourne – So how do you make a sequel to a trilogy that seems to have been wrapped up? Director and Writer show us how.
- Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase – The motorbike chase is one of the best scenes in the movie. This featurette goes into detail on the stunts and choreography needed to put this on the screen.
- Filmmaker Commentary – A trio of Gilroy’s host this informative commentary. If you like the technical aspect of film making this is a good one to listen to.
- Pocket Blu App
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
I might, MIGHT have this cover as a poster. It’s semi-interesting to my picky snooty eyes. I do not like those covers with blocks with faces in them. I do not like it when they just smash the star on there for the sake of it. These things combine to reasonably bring me to not like this cover at all. It just happens to have a certain thing that makes me want to look at it longer than the average drivel on DVD’s cover.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Robert Elswit Director Of Photography on the Bourne Legacy uses a very stark almost blue pallet for most of the movie, this gives it a unique style that comes across very slick and very sharp. Legacy also uses the trademark shaky cam that has become a staple over the franchise, throughout the shakes though the AVC 1080P encode holds it’s own and really delivers the goods.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless track actually delivers more than the premise of the movie ever will. This is a very lively soundtrack that really gets the blood pumping. This is easily the best soundtrack of all four of the movies, when Moby kicks in at the end you will be left breathless.
For an action flick to watch on a fun Friday night I do believe with all of my heart and soul that 20 bucks is too ding-dang much. Yes, it’s a good movie. It’s got a great collection of movies that came before which you should also watch, thus need to pay for. The extras are good, the quality of the movie is pretty darn good, but it’s more of a $10-$12 object to add to my life.
Overall Score 8/10