With Matt Damon's character gone we are introduced to Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner. He's a member of a group of elite agents on high-risk, long-term missions in "The Bourne Legacy."
Within the few minutes we see just how tough this new character is as he goes in search of some pills that make him physically and mentally the ultimate soldier. But his activities threaten to expose some wrongdoing inside the U.S. government, and he butts heads with Eric Byer (Ed Norton). Cross then finds himself on the run with Rachel Weisz who plays a doctor. After that it's basically one chase scene after another.
When the action does arrive, it's pulsating enough. But for the most part, it is too reminiscent of previous films, only not as good, which really is the problem with this film.
As good as Renner is he never is the action hero Matt Damon was. Sure, it's entertaining, but ultimately it's the fourth best movie in a series of four. So the Flick-O-Meter gives "The Bourne Legacy" a three out of five. The climax of the film, for me, ended in somewhat of a whimper when it needed a bang. The franchise does have a new action hero but I was hoping for more.
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You can catch "The Bourne Legacy" at AMC Parkway Pointe 15.