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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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