This week the new Bourne movie comes out - with no Jason Bourne but lots of running, jumping and shooting. Here I give you my verdict.

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  • Comment number 45. Posted by Ronnie

    on 1 Sept 2012 00:00

    I had to wait until I saw the Legacy before making a comment. Now I can safely say what was missing.

    I saw the BOurne movies in sweden during one of my more lonely periods of my life, but Matt Damon was so loveable that I wanted to cheer when Julia Stiles smiles at the end of the ultimatum before Mobey kicks in.

    Jasson Bourne was essentially Will Hunting, an ordinary man with an extraordianry talent (maths, violence)he seems uncapable of dealing with these tsalents, falls through the cracks and doesn't know where he belongs. He is a human and thus a really great hero, not anti hero.

    Renne is a great actor but doesn't bring himself into the role, he neevr seems confused or hisitent. When he gets the girl he doesn't have a face of awe, "she's with me". He is Arnie but a better actor.

    Jason we will miss you

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  • Comment number 44. Posted by zboy1989

    on 26 Aug 2012 09:56

    bourne was the americans trying to take on BOND and for a while it worked the first 3 for instance, i regard highly, but when you introduce new ethics, characters, and meaning but give it the old name to *ahem associate it with the highly regarded, high grossing bourne trilogy, then you get this!! i wont ruin it for you all by telling you my personal greivences but i will say, if you loved the 1st 3 stay away!! i wish i had.......

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  • Comment number 43. Posted by Lucifer Paws

    on 25 Aug 2012 12:05

    Saw The Bourne Legacy last night (lovely Clapham Picturehouse) and, overall, I genuinely enjoyed it (a 7/10), although it was let down by a terribly abrupt ending which left me, and particularly my fella, rather annoyed, undermining the chutzpah demonstrated overall. It was always going to be a tough 'intro' film for Jeremy Renner in this series - back story to fill in, trying to reinvent the franchise etc, and it doesn't match up to The Bourne Identity (still my favourite for its wintry European-ness) but Jeremy Renner puts in a good, convincing performance and suggests the vulnerability that Matt Damon also captured (Renner has the most wonderfully expressive eyes) and which is, I thin,k an important quality for these characters. The action sequences were suitably bone crunching and the final chase left my heart racing! Downsides: the near 'terminator' like quality of the assassin at the end didn't sit well after a bit; I would have liked to have seen more of the political machinations (eg more Landy / senate enquiries etc) which I think made the first 3 films richer; some more 'quiet moments' with either Renner by himself or between Weisz's and Renner's characters (they're both fine actors, the director could have employed their range more). So, not a good as the first three but definitely enjoyed it and hoping they make another with Renner to see whether, once the hurdle of introducing the new character has been overcome, Renner's character and the story can be developed in a more satisfying arc.

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by Vogonpoet

    on 23 Aug 2012 21:59

    Only two running, jumping, shooting sequences that registered with me, really;

    the one at the house and the longer one near the end. The rest was blah.

    Is it obligatory for all Bourne and Bond films to include roof-top chases now?
    And Do assassins only ever carry out hits at Waterloo station.

    Well I must go off and take my meds now... The blue ones...no, the green ones.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Matt

    on 22 Aug 2012 20:11

    I have to say I was really disappointed. As a stand-alone film it was okay with for a running, chasing jumping action flick. But where was the story? Or the character development? I have done a fun, slightly more in-depth review here:

    http://www.squidoo.com/5-most-annoying-things-about-the-bourne-legacy

    It's a real shame about this film, as it had real potential. The shadow of the outstanding trilogy possibly becomes too much weight for the shoulders of Tony Gilroy to bear.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Col

    on 17 Aug 2012 17:19

    I had reservations too having read most of the books and enjoyed all three films. I suggest anyone who has such reservations does go and see it. I nearly did not go but was happy that I did. It is a good film, particularly if you do not compare it to the others. The plot is quite clever, running alongside the last one but not referencing it too often. The beginning is a little slow and the end a little like other endings, no harm in that as I have watched many a good ending over again. The acting was good, overall it was an enjoyable afternoon. The books do tail off but I hope the films keep going if the stories can remain smart.

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by leglet

    on 17 Aug 2012 16:03

    Honestly, this film bored me. The whole two hours should have been the first twenty minutes of a different film, one with a story. Given how good the original trilogy was (we watched them all again before seeing the Bourne Legacy), it was bitterly disappointing.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by CromerGem

    on 16 Aug 2012 08:26

    Oh God, this isn't good, like many of the comments above, the three original films are amongst my favourites and Matt Damon was as near to perfection in that role, as was Greengrass' direction. I can't kill the curiosity though and will go along (luckily to my very local cinema with no 3D or IMAX) and watch. Not much else out at the moment in my very humble opinion.

    Mark, I highly value your opinion but feel I have to give the film a chance.

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by Alex Pelletier

    on 16 Aug 2012 02:40

    Common Mark, no need to sugarcoat this one. I just got back from a screening and the movie was complete garbage. As you pointed out there isn't any kind of compelling drama or conflict going on with the main character. His only goal is to get the meds, ok... then what? Absolutely nothing. Except of course for lots of running and shooting. This is where I disagree with your assessment. I thought the action scenes were terrible. The stunts seemed well choreographed, except they were impossible to fully appreciate since the filmmakers chose to cut away to a different shot every 3 seconds, and said shots were often shaky and way too zoomed-in to actually see what the heck was going on.

    Also, the underlying plot involving the CIA and all their amazing projects just gets a little ridiculous. I mean, there's BlackBriar, then Treadstone, then Larx, then who the hell cares!

    Seriously the only redeeming thing in this movie was Ed Norton. He's an amazing actor and he did his best with what he had to work with, which wasn't much (like every other role in the film).

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by KNURLED-EDGE

    on 15 Aug 2012 09:24

    This film is better than the Bourne Trilogy put together. If you care to disregard the obvious sentiment for Matt Damon, you will find this film more exciting, visceral and powerful. Renner's performance is rock solid and the motorcycle chase is the best yet.

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