The Bourne Legacy is a worthy continuation of the Bourne series, and will hopefully lead to more sequels down the road.
Prior to becoming Hawkeye in Thor and The Avengers, I had only seen Jeremy Renner in three movies (S.W.A.T., The Town, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and to be honest, from the three, I only vaguely remember he was in MI. But he gives a memorable performance in The Bourne Legacy. It’ unlikely I won’t remember him in the future. Renner plays Aaron Cross, an ex-soldier who is now part of a government program similar to the one that created Jason Bourne. Sorry, they kept throwing around code names, and I don’t remember what the programs were called.
Rachel Weisz, who is always memorable in any movie I’ve ever seen her in, plays Dr. Marta Shearing, one of the people responsible for the two drugs that have turned Cross and those like him into a super soldiers (for the lack of a better description).
The Bourne Legacy takes place during the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. With the possibility of the project that created Jason Bourne becoming public, the project that created Aaron Cross could be compromised and leads to a decision to shut down the program. Shutting it down entails killing anyone with any knowledge of the project outside the inner circle. They think they kill Cross, but don’t. Realizing that the program is being shut down, he should be able to disappear. Unfortunately, he can’t do that.
Members of the program take pills and Cross is running out of medication. He rescues Shearing hoping she has medication, but she doesn’t. The green pills give him his physical enhancements, while the blue pills give him mental enhancements. She explains that the green pills have not been necessary for a while. They were given live virus that negated the need for the medication. The blue pills however are necessary.
We learn that before entering the program, Cross wasn’t the brightest guy. Without the blue pills he will revert to what he was before and won’t stand a chance at keeping them alive.
Cross and Shearing go to Manila where the Virus is kept and manage to get him what he needs.
It’s at this point that we learn there is another government program called LARX (this one I remembered). This one is creating a super soldier without emotions, making him easier to control and less likely to be swayed from completing his missions.
The movie ends with Cross and Shearing getting away from their LARX pursuer and going off the grid.
That’s it in a nutshell.
The action is awesome, just what we’ve come to expect in the previous Bourne films. I really hope they make more of them. I’d love to see a movie with both Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner reprising their roles.
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