The Bourne Legacy
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The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shares crucial DNA with the earlier films but is drawn from the shallower end of the gene pool."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Gilroy's a fine writer - he also penned Michael Clayton - but without the discipline of an action veteran like Greengrass to rein him in, he indulges his weakness to over-explain things."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A fine movie, in the end. And that's the problem. It's just fine. The first three "Bourne" movies were incredible."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"No one wanted this. Not even lapsed Christians sought to be "Bourne" again."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Unless America is really that stuck on Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise, I see no reason that Renner's work here shouldn't make him a star."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Perhaps the most interesting question arising from The Bourne Legacy is just how long the filmmakers hope to trade on the Bourne name without any, you know, Bourne."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"It's twists and turns and nothing else. And fast and furious as it may be, if this is the best this once-smart series has to offer, this is no legacy."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The rather serious and businesslike film offers a handful of intense action scenes and some satisfying spy-vs-spy combat."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Legacy intact! Bourne Legacy ensures we've not seen the end of the franchise just yet."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Semi-successful revamp uses Bourne's name"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Renner and Weisz work well together as two hunted souls who initially need each other for utilitarian reasons."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The Bourne Legacy is one of Alfred Hitchcock's "refrigerator movies," in that it succeeds pretty well "in the moment" but starts to fall apart when considered in retrospect."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It doesn't so much as end as run out of running time."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Renner's Cross isn't as compelling a protagonist as Damon's troubled Bourne, but when it comes to bruising combat he certainly delivers."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"It couldn't ever hope to match the Paul Greengrass/Matt Damon movies for sheer punch and propulsion, but it's as close to replicating them as you could expect, and marks another excellent entry into the Bourneography."
‑ Ali Gray,
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