Rental: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ (2012)

The Bourne Legacy

4th installment of the Bourne series has a new CIA assassin working with a female scientist to track down a cure to his laboratory ills. The movie’s beginning would make any Liam Neeson or James Bond fan smile. Unfortunately, the pace slows down in a few spots while bureaucrats and spooks spend too much screen-time explaining classified programs. Thankfully, the pace quickens and a very enjoyable suspense thriller ensues. But movie earns 1/2 letter-grade deduction because there was no Matt Damon–and no festering anger. Jason Bourne always directed his anger at being manipulated by others through an untraced cell phone call or a rifle scope’s crosshairs. Jeremy Renner does a great job as a rogue operative, but the only villain he must deal with is a fellow assassin who appears too late in the film. While this movie didn’t provide the Bourne DNA-match we’ve come to expect from this series, it is still well worth your time.

Grade: B

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