Every now and then I get the chance to sneak away to the movies and yesterday I took advantage of a gap in my schedule to go see The Bourne Legacy. It would not have been my first choice, but with Halloween around the corner my picking were slim with a few horror movies and a few other kids movies dominating the list.
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. It’s interesting that Jason Bourne is never to be seen in person this film.
For “The Bourne Legacy,” Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
The movie no doubt action is packed, but I will tell you that I spent the first 30 minutes trying to figure out who was a good guy and who was a bad guy and the last 30 minutes trying to decide if I should run to the bathroom or risk missing an important part of the movie because it’s really long.
Overall, the movie is entertaining and the plot stays exciting until the end which of course leaves you hanging for the fifth film which is sure to be released…