Okay so like any other 70 year old Jeremy Renner fan I checked out The Bourne Legacy at 9:15 Saturday morning. Oh wait, I’m 32. Well I did what I needed to do since I couldn’t be there opening night. I was by far the youngest person in the crowd by at least 20 years, but I digress. I’ll give you Universal’s The Bourne Legacy movie review run down with the slightest spoilers to make it just that more enticing for you to check out for yourself.
The Bourne Legacy centers around Agent Aaron Cross played by Jeremy Renner. The Department of Defense has a program called Outcome which is much like the CIA’s Treadstone program and he is their Jason Bourne. Cross takes two chemical enhancements for his physical and mental state and he is running out of them. Without them he will have a long way to fall and he can’t let that happen. What starts out as a trip for some medicine rations turns into a fight for his life when Outcome is uncovered and all agents are terminated.
Cross reads in the paper that a doctor, played by Rachel Weisz, from the lab in which he had his medical tests performed was almost killed in a mass murder/suicide so he decides to check up on her and also see if she has the meds in her home. In doing so he stumbles upon a dangerous situation and finds himself saving her life. The wheels have now been set in motion and together Aaron Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing are off on a race against time and their own mortality.
My favorite scene was directly after the part in Marta’s home, so don’t get up for a bathroom break. It’s pretty simple and certainly not an adrenaline rush, but it spotlights Renner’s comedy muscles which I don’t think we get to see often enough. The scene is just a conversation between Aaron and Marta about their names and the fact that after 13 visits she doesn’t know his first name. It’s hysterical and not only does he show us some humor but he shows us a bit of sincerity and hurt as well.
Aaron Cross is not “Treadstone without the inconsistency” nor is he the one who they claimed “We’ve never seen evaluations like this”. To find out who they are talking about you’ll need to see the movie. It was pretty bad ass though and most definitely one of the more heart stopping half hours of the film.
I would have liked a love scene between Renner and Weisz. Jeremy hasn’t really done much Romance in his career and I think it’s time. Maybe I’ll start a petition. Bloggers For Jeremy Renner RomCom! Who’s with me?
Universal’s The Bourne Legacy was outstanding. It was action packed with just enough humor and emotion to round it out and not make it “just a boy movie”. I can’t get past the fact that Tony Gilroy told us during the Bourne Legacy Q&A at AMC Theaters that the science behind Outcome is really happening. We are advancing on the ability to basically reprogram a human’s chromosomes to genetically modify them to become super human. As if Jeremy Renner weren’t perfect enough.