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Friday 10 August 2012, 12:19

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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 1.

    Thanks for the review, I was wondering what your verdict was going to be. Personally, I really do not know what to think until I've seen the film. Although from the reviews I've read and heard so far, I think I might just wait till it becomes available to rent on Blu-Ray. The film has studio cash cow written all over it, I mean how do you top one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all time?

    Damon doesn't return, so they compensate by introducing another character from another similar assasination program, with added genetic modifications. As soon as I heard those words in the trailer, I was put off.

    But at the same time should Aaron Cross be given a chance? Should Jeremy Renner be seen as the successor to Damon? (after all he's probably ear marked as the successor to Tom Cruise in the Mission:Impossible franchise) I really want to say yes because its wrong to judge before seeing the actual film. But the inevitable comparisons will probably occur.

    Some people narrow their favourite Bond actor by naming which one they saw first, and to many Damon was the first cinematic Bourne (Richard Chamberlain played Bourne in a T.V. movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity)

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    Comment number 2.

    I've never particularly liked any of the Bourne movies to be honest, even though i know a lot of people like them. They got better as they went on and the 3rd one was by far the best of the bunch but just can't see what all the fuss is about.

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    Comment number 3.

    Two hours of running, jumping and shooting sounds like the Olympics to me.

    At leats the Olympics has great drama and no one needs genetic modifications to be a hero.

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    Comment number 4.

    One for rental me thinks.....

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    Comment number 5.

    Running, jumping and shooting? Which Olympic event is that? Bournetathalon?

    I may still enjoy this for what it seems to be. It's a shame they haven't retained the qualities that you've enjoyed in the trilogy, which also made them very enjoyable in my book as well. Hope the best bits aren't in the clips, but it looks like they may have at least kept that MacGuyver factor of how to survive in a sticky situation with available random objects (or how to kill with the contents of a typical Blue Peter project). If there's enough of that, plus Rachel Weisz, I'll be happy.

    Thanks for the heads up, expectations down-graded accordingly.

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    Comment number 6.

    Crumbs! Beaten to the punch on the olympic gag (damn you web page refresh)!

    At least I don't have a black ops van on the way to mine to silence the unfortunate narc who blabbed about our genetically modified olympians (#3).

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    Comment number 7.

    I only liked Doug Liman's one and a lot and that's mostly for Clive Owen's brilliant performance.

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    Comment number 8.

    I was never really invested in the Jason Bourne character, to me the Bourne movies were chase films with bits of plot shoehorned inbetween, so i'll give the new one a look.

    I tried watching The Bourne Ultimatum a few weeks back but had to switch off after an hour as the frenetic editing and shaky camera gave me a headache, so if Tony Gilroy can hold the camera still he'll be doing alright in my book. Most importantly Bourne gave the Bond franchise a much needed kick up the arse, so for that reason alone Damon, Greengrass, Gilroy thank you.

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    Comment number 9.

    Ahhh Mark, you have just said exactly what I thought this film would be. I adore the original trilogy. It's one of the few films that drifts massively away from the book but makes you okay with it. This film looked to be a stretch too far from the start and now you've confirmed it. I am sure it is nice visually but without a plot like the previous films that makes you want to think I'm left thinking - no I won't even go and see it. To me it just looks like Bourne meet Captain America meets Bond. Maybe wait and find it in a charity shop for a quid.

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    Comment number 10.

    I loved the Bourne Trilogy, and like Mr. Schultz (#7) I also thought Limans was the best. I feel like reminding everyone that these Bourne films are based on books, even this new one, and more importantly, The Bourne Legacy is a book that was NOT written by the original Bourne writer, so there will be huge differences in style.

    Of course, anyone who's read the original books and compared them with the trilogy will know that, really, there is no comparison. They're almost totally different stories and only share some minor similarities!

    Ultimately, it sounds like you're personal expectations are what let this film down (and I know that feeling!) So, now that I'm just expecting a brainless action film, I'm hoping that I might really enjoy it!

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    Comment number 11.

    Reply to #9 Luke Kuhns

    You're right about the Captain America connection. The genetic modifications are actually pills the assassins take.

    I've just read a review on the Empire magazine website. Dr. Kermode's review was leniant.

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    Comment number 12.

    I'm a little bit disappointed with the reviews so far. I was never really on board with a fourth Bourne, but as it drew closer I began to warm to the idea; the cast was good, the story seemed solid, and the trailers looked promising. Of course, I never really imagined it would reach the heights of the original trilogy, but I'd hoped for more than this. I'll check it out anyway, but my expectations are definitely lowered. (Then again, maybe that's a good thing).

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    Comment number 13.

    reply to #11 spaceodds

    Ah I will have to check that out then, cheers. There are times he is lenient where if it were me I would be slashing it ha.

    BUT I felt the urge to make one more remark.
    The posters keep saying "There was never just one" to which I have to say a resounding "duh!" We know this in the first film/book. That is no great secret.

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    Comment number 14.

    To be honest I thought that even the action itself was a bit flat...
    God tension, but really, aside from that cracking endless final chase, I can hardly remember a good action moment.
    Mark is right: not bad.. but certainly quite derivative

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    Comment number 15.

    I might just wait until the DVD release. boy, this summer's just full of disappointments (apart from the Avengers and The dark Knight Rises, which are both great films).

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    Comment number 16.

    Am I the only one who thought that the use of those shots of David Strathairn, Paddy Considine, Joan Allen in the trailer is a MASSIVE CHEAT?!?!
    What you see in the trailer is all you get in the movie!!

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    Comment number 17.

    It's interesting that it's apparently the running, jumping and shooting that remain in place whilst the plot has gone awol, since they've lost the director but kept the writer?

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    Comment number 18.

    Thanks Mark for you interesting point of view, however i'm still interested in seeing this. I absolutely loved The Bourne trilogy, one of my favorites alongside The Dark Knight and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, but i will consider The Bourne Legacy as some kind of a stand alone film even though it's tied with The Bourne universe. For some pop-corn kind of movie with running, jumping, shooting, whitout any dephts or smart plot (unfortunately), i may give it a shot. It won't be as good as The Dark Knight Rises or Prometheus but i may enjoyed it anyway

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    Comment number 19.

    Did anyone really think this was going to add anything to the original trilogy? Call me a cynic, but if a franchise is lucky enough to breath a few good breaths, that's as good as it gets. The rest just start to wheeze.

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    Comment number 20.

    I was a later-comer to the original Bourne films, only watching them when the third instalment was being primed for release. I think they are some of the finest action films of the modern era. In regards to The Bourne Legacy, I greeted it's conception with an audible "Hmm". I've only seen the trailer, but it seems to be almost look like a parody of the Liman/Greengrass films, in the sense that the protagonist disarms the 'baddie', and throws him into another 'baddie'. All very fast. Then he runs through an exotic location looking serious. I might check it out.

 

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