Bourne Legacy` - interesting reboot, but not exciting enough (IANS Movie Review)
With a star-laced film being no criteria for success and cinema viewers going
fickle to like anything (in the view of studio bosses), the need to continue
something that audiences have liked in the past is reaching desperate
This has led to long franchises and slick rebooting of the old in a desperate
attempt to create something new. "The Bourne Legacy" is one of the
interesting ways to spruce up a franchise. Though it doesn`t succeed completely
with some key elements of the "Bourne" universe missing, it would be
good enough for fans.
Jason Bourne was part of a top-secret government project. Turns out he was not
the only one and after an intelligence failure, as the US government is shutting
down the project which is killing every soldier in the project, one of them,
Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) escapes.
He teams up with the doctor (Rachel Weisz), who used to administer
performance-enhancing medications even as the US government tries to hunt him
The original "Bourne" series was exciting because Bourne was an
assassin trying to find himself. He was a man of conscience who had killed a guy
he knew he shouldn`t have. Amnesia and conscience had made a potent mix there.
Though this part does try to build these two elements up, the attempt lacks
lustre. Aaron is only trying to find himself and not remember himself. And
secondly, the bit about him having developed a conscience is so poorly developed
that this one small flaw takes the sting out of the film.
Thus you don`t feel as much pull as you did in the "Bourne" series
because the emotional base is not built well enough. Perhaps the writers thought
it was imperative not to repeat it. But isn`t a reboot about repeating things as
much as possible, only a little smartly?
On the other hand, they have indeed worked extra hard to keep other elements
from the original series. Aaron is thus as much of a quick thinker and doer as
Bourne was and is a good fighter and evader of authorities. There are some good
chase sequences as well. The actors live up to the expectations.
What`s missing are some more hand-to-hand fights and a shaky camera, two staple
elements of the original series. The camera here is too steady, and the
close-ups during the fights too close for comfort.
Yet, the theme of a powerful and power hungry nation creating monsters of mass
destruction to control the world to their own advantage, and then unable to cope
when just one backfires, is strong enough.
It is hence sad that US foreign policy is not dictated by these filmmakers who
seem to understand that it is not nice to attack and control other countries.
Instead it is dictated by war mongers who play the world as if it`s a chess
board, making it a much dangerous place for everyone.
Perhaps like Bourne and Aaron, these politicians need to remember that their
country is based on fairness and justice and also need to imagine what they can
From a muddy, violent past, US can emerge to a truly bright future, like Bourne
does in his series and like Aaron will too, three or four films later.