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Reviews: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 2/7] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: This slightly schizophrenic take on the subject hampers The Bourne Legacy, leading to a slightly confused, slightly crazed product, never settling on what exactly it wants to be.
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ is not quite up to the high bar of the original trilogy, but it doesn’t dent their considerable reputation among tentpole action films for brainier audiences.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: Interesting takes on espionage tools of drones, genetics, and surveillance.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Like “Prometheus” earlier this summer, it’s not meant to fit in perfectly with the existing films. It’s got a different pace and a different focus. Where the first three “Bourne” films were wall-to-wall actioners, this one is more of a slow burn. It’s thrilling, sure, but in a very different manner.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Maybe Universal is looking for their own version of “The Avengers,” a Bourne megapalooza featuring rogue agents from multiple top secret government programs joining forces to take down the C.I.A., NSA and the Joint Forces.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: It’s watchable, but doesn’t have enough sense of character or purpose to make us care
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The opening half an hour of The Bourne Legacy underlines how its unique selling point – that it is a part of the Bourne universe and remains faithful to the continuity of the previous films whilst existing as a separate story – also harms it, since the constant references to the events and characters of the earlier films are so jarring they prevent the film from telling its own story.
  • Clark Douglas @ DVD Verdict
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The need to link this story to the ones before it is understandable … but it’s also a massive weight on the movie’s shoulders.
  • Kate Erbland @ Boxoffice Magazine
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: He’s just the type of actor you need for this type of role (if Damon isn’t available, of course).
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: A quasi spinoff, a side-quel if you will, the plot runs in an obfuscated parallel construction. Hang through the first hour for a much better second; Renner & Weisz are worth it.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: This is such an obvious black-ops ploy to milk the cash cow.
  • Ali Gray @
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Jesse Hassenger @ PopMatters
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
  • Glenn Heath Jr. @ Critic Speak
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: This is Bourne fan fiction. But it’s the rare sort of good fanfic: utterly inconsequential, of course, but a whole lotta fun. It’s a turn-your-brain-off popcorn flick for people who don’t like to turn our brains off just because we’re at The Movies.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Josh Larsen @
    • Excerpt: Without being remotely realistic … has a crunch that nonetheless feels authentic.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Matt who? Jeremy Renner finally gets his due in this well-crafted and entirely satisfying entry in the sturdy spy franchise.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: It’s too bad that Universal wasn’t content with merely letting amnesiac superspy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) end his saga with dignity.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: The loneliness of the long-distance super assassin.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: The maddening thing about “The Bourne Legacy” is that there are flashes of incredible potential.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Extreme ways are back again – Extreme places I don’t know.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: The Bourne Legacy is the kind of trick you only get to pull once. It’s an interesting narrative experiment, but it doesn’t really work as its own movie. It almost feels, at times, like a deleted subplot from the second two films in the trilogy, removed and expanded to fill two-hours-and-a-half. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and it’s a clever way of skirting the issues created by Matt Damon’s refusal to return, but the problem is that The Bourne Legacy never feels like it is entirely its own film. While it features two characters who have their own arc, the overall plot plays out according to storybeats that are happening off screen – in another story with another agent. It’s a fascinating take on the summer blockbuster, but I’m not convinced it’s an entirely successful one.
  • Kenneth Morefield @ Christianity Today Movies and TV
    • Excerpt: To the extent that film records and reflects the shifting attitudes of the culture that produces it, the Jason Bourne franchise has been a snapshot of growing disillusionment with the American government, war, and covert intelligence gathering in the first decades of the 21st century.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: For a franchise that has picked up the kind of fanbase the Bourne movies have, there is bound to be some disappointment when the fourth movie takes the series off in a new direction. I totally get that. The Bourne Legacy is easily the weakest of all of them. It’s muddled, a bit silly, ends abruptly, and is generally lacking the special oomph of its predecessors. Yet, if you forget all that and just go with it, it’s not a bad couple of hours to spend in an air-conditioned theater.
  • Diego Salgado @ FanDigital [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Worthy reboot for the Bourne franchise.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: But let’s not mince words here, The Bourne Legacy is a cheap rip-off, trying to cash in on the name of the series without delivering any of the same style.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Although it has less of its predecessors’ fast-twitch action, this long awaited installment in the Robert Ludlum-created “Bourne” movie franchise keeps the audience engaged before sending them to the edges of their seats during its exhilarating climax.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ [French]
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd [Greek]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:59 am

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