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The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner  Actor Edward Norton  Actor Rachel Weisz  Actor Joan Allen  Actor Albert Finney  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Violence

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The Bourne Legacy

Theatrical Release Date: 2012 08 10 (USA)

UPC: 025192114830

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence]

Summary: The fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne series sees the return of the franchise's screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, this time stepping into the director's seat for an entry which sidelines main character Jason Bourne in order to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner). Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz co-star, with Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprising their roles from the previous films. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Category: Spy Film

Features: Deleted scenes
Re-Bourne
Capturing chaos: the motorbike chase
Filmmaker commentary

The Bourne Legacy

Format: DVD

Release Date: 12/11/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo, DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 135 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- The Bourne Legacy
1. Scene 1 [8:43]
2. Scene 2 [5:42]
3. Scene 3 [5:30]
4. Scene 4 [7:55]
5. Scene 5 [6:24]
6. Scene 6 [8:33]
7. Scene 7 [5:04]
8. Scene 8 [5:58]
9. Scene 9 [6:33]
10. Scene 10 [7:07]
11. Scene 11 [6:59]
12. Scene 12 [8:01]
13. Scene 13 [5:58]
14. Scene 14 [8:01]
15. Scene 15 [4:26]
16. Scene 16 [4:01]
17. Scene 17 [7:07]
18. Scene 18 [7:51]
19. Scene 19 [4:58]
20. Scene 20 [9:55]

Perry Seibert

When you're talking about a movie's relative quality, context is everything. How you choose to compare a given film to other movies can radically change your opinion about it. But no matter what angle you take on Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, it comes up frustratingly short.

Jeremy Renner plays Aaron Cross, an agent participating in a clandestine government program that's attempting to create chemically altered supersoldiers who possess maximum intelligence, pronounced physical strength, and the ability to withstand massive amounts of pain. When a British reporter threatens to expose this top-secret project, a military insider (Edward Norton) tries to shut the program down by killing all of the human guinea pigs in the experiment. However, Cross figures out what's going on, and with the help of a scientist (Oscar winner Rachel Weisz), he goes on the run to save himself.

Gilroy's movie works, but it's the weakest installment in the series. For example, in Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne had no idea what was going on -- he simply awoke with total amnesia, as well as the ability to outthink, outfight, and outrun everybody else. As he tried to discover his true self, the audience identified with his perpetual WTF face and wanted to emulate his ability to beat multiple people into submission. Aaron Cross (note the symbolism of the last names Bourne and Cross), on the other hand, knows exactly who and what he is from the start -- he's just trying to avoid being sacrificed because of the stupidity of the people in charge. Renner is rock solid in the part and he's as much a real person as a superhero, yet the story is set up in such a way that we're constantly aware that Aaron is nothing like us.

The Bourne Legacy also pales compared to Supremacy and Ultimatum. In those two sequels, director Paul Greengrass masterfully orchestrated action sequences that kept the viewer aware of where everybody was during extended chases and shoot-outs. Unfortunately, the lengthy chase scene that ends this film is a mess: It's all quick cuts and sound effects that drag on for so long you give up and wait for it to end -- which, to be fair, it does in a very memorable shot.

What Gilroy can do with mastery is build tension. There's a sequence involving a crazed gunman on a shooting spree that creates unbearable stress with classic edits and camera work. Gilroy also gives Renner plenty of moments in which the actor humanizes Aaron, especially in an early sequence when he stumbles through Alaska and comes across another member of the program. But the problem is that Gilroy doesn't do protracted action sequences or character beats as well as Greengrass or Liman.

If The Bourne Legacy were the starting point for a series, it would be easier to get more excited about it. And although it certainly figures out a novel way to continue the franchise while still acknowledging its rich past, it's that same towering history that keeps this latest entry from being anything more than a serviceable summer diversion. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Dan Gilroy  Screenwriter 
Jennifer Fox  Executive Producer 
James Newton Howard  Composer (Music Score) 
Frank Marshall  Producer 
Tony Gilroy  Director 
Tony Gilroy  Screenwriter 
Patrick Crowley  Producer 
Henry Morrison  Executive Producer 
Jeffrey M. Weiner  Producer 
Ben Smith  Producer 
Jeremy Renner  Actor 
Edward Norton  Actor 
Rachel Weisz  Actor 
Joan Allen  Actor 
Albert Finney  Actor 
Stacy Keach  Actor 
Scott Glenn  Actor 
Oscar Isaac  Actor 
Donna Murphy  Actor 
Michael Chernus  Actor 
Corey Stoll  Actor 
Alice Gainer  Actor 
Prue Lewarne  Actor 
Howard Leader  Actor 
James Joseph O'Neil  Actor 
Tony Guida  Actor 
Sonnie Brown  Actor 
Neil Brooks Cunningham  Actor 
Zeljko Ivanek  Actor 
Rob Riley  Actor 
Noel Wilson  Actor 
Dennis Boutsikaris  Actor 
David Strathairn  Actor 
Corey Johnson  Actor 
Jennifer Kim  Actor 
Page Leong  Actor 
John Douglas Thompson  Actor 
Adi Hanash  Actor 
Robert Prescott  Actor 
David Wilson Barnes  Actor 
Don Guillory  Actor 
Patrick Vincent Marro  Actor 
Ali Reza Farahnakian  Actor 
Gita Reddy  Actor 
Tom Riis Farrell  Actor 
Steve Routman  Actor 
Peter Lewis  Actor 
Anitha Gandhi  Actor 
Heather Lupton Rasche  Actor 
Natalie Bird  Actor 
Nilaja Sun  Actor 
Christopher Mann  Actor 
Billy Smith  Actor 
Murray Knudsen  Actor 
Susan Egbert  Actor 
Tim Devitt  Actor 
Brian Poteat  Actor 
Clayton Barber  Actor 
Elizabeth Marvel  Actor 
Michael Papajohn  Actor 
David Leitch  Actor 
Michael Berresse  Actor 
Deidre Goodwin  Actor 
Laura Spaeth  Actor 
Sam Gilroy  Actor 
Rachel Black  Actor 
Sharon Washington  Actor 
Frank Deal  Actor 
Rob Yang  Actor 
Catherine Curtin  Actor 
Matt Oberg  Actor 
Gary Lee Mahmoud  Actor 
Faye Yvette McQueen  Actor 
Pat Battle  Actor 
Nico Bernuth  Actor 
Jane Jameston  Actor 
Roland Manansala  Actor 
John Arcilla  Actor 
Josh Banks  Actor 
Shane Jacobson  Actor 
Allen Jo  Actor 
Jonathan Eusebio  Actor 
Jon Valera  Actor 
Carl Villa Roman  Actor 
Louis Ozawa Changchien  Actor 
Madeleine Nicolas  Actor 
Ruby Ruiz  Actor 
Cherry Devera  Actor 
Julienne Orindain  Actor 
Antonette R. Garcia  Actor 
Sonny Tuazon  Actor 
Normandy Bacaltos  Actor 
Edgar Letran  Actor 
Alvin Zalamea  Actor 
Spencer Sano  Actor 
Julie R. Ysla  Actor 
Joel Torre  Actor 
Hermie Concepcion  Actor 
Arthur Acuna  Actor 
Adrian Talinga  Actor 
Lou Veloso  Actor 
Ian Blackman  Actor 
Jodi Applegate Kay  Actor 
Tony Carlin  Actor 
Karen Pittman  Actor 
Ana Berry  Actor 
Matthew Walters  Actor 
Brian O'Neill  Actor 

Country: USA