Jason Bourne, the amnesiac hero of the first three films, is only seen in photographs, though his presence is the catalyst for much of the action. The same black ops government program that turned Bourne into a conscience-free killing machine has other loose ends floating about, but the one weâ€™re concerned with is Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Unlike Bourne, heâ€™s happy to be in the program, but is forced to go on the run once the powers that be decide they have lost control and that everyone involved in the program must be eliminated. Thatâ€™s when he teams up with a doctor (Rachel Weisz) who helped administer the programâ€™s behavior-modifying drugs and now knows too much.
Between Renner, Weisz and an embarrassment of riches in the supporting cast â€” which includes Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, Zeljko Ivanek and cameos by Bourne regulars David Strathairn and Joan Allen â€” The Bourne Legacy is as high-quality as you could possibly expect from an action reboot. With original writer Tony Gilroy returning, while also taking on directing duties, the transition is fairly seamless, and Gilroy hasnâ€™t forgotten how to inject character moments into all the car chases and quick-cutting fight scenes.
With so much story to get through, though, Legacy canâ€™t help but feel more like the pilot of a promising TV series than a fully formed film. Thankfully, itâ€™s a series youâ€™d like to see continue.
The Bourne Legacy is available starting December 11 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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