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OUR BOURNE LEGACY REVIEW
Kristian: Matt Damon does not return, but they put Hawkeye in there, and he’s gonna be a Bourne Legacy!
K: It’s the Bourne Legacy; the end of the summer, it’s winding down, and now we get this. Matt Damon isn’t…well I don’t wanna say he’s nowhere to be seen.
M: His fingerprints are all over this movie, but this is the fourth Bourne film, and with fourth films in franchises you generally get stuff like Jaws the Revenge…however this one reboots the series and shows us that Matt Damon wasn’t the only one running around, conditioned by the government to kill people. We got another one, and his name escapes me.
K: This one was originally intended for the Jason Bourne character, but because Matt Damon wasn’t coming back because of Paul Greengrass), they had to retool everything. It still centers around Jason Bourne, with the events here taking place in and around the Bourne Ultimatum timeline.
M: That’s what is cool about this movie and it’s a credit to the filmmakers that this can take place while the action in Supremacy and Ultimatum are simultaneously going down. You have the government that finds out that there’s more of these guys that they’ve created; they try to wipe them out but don’t get Jeremy Renner, he’s on the loose, madcap mayhem ensues.
K: Jason Bourne was such a complex character and it was so involving to watch his evolution that the three previous films felt like one long movie; while Renner’s character is just kind of a dopey guy who is able to get the super intelligence and kick ass.
M: You nevertheless pull for the guy though, I mean you ain’t gonna root for the government in a movie like this, and I got that same jolt the prior films gave me while I was in the theater, but afterwards you’re not thinking as much because the story may not be as involved or exciting as the originals. Having said that, it’s impressive that they were able to retool this story and make a compelling film; it hooked me and I really liked watching this movie.
K: How was Jeremy Renner? He was great. When they announced that there would be a replacement because Matt Damon wasn’t going to star in this and a new character would step in, it was rumored that Shia LaBeouf would play it, and thank goodness that didn’t happen.
M: You would’ve loved that, huh?
K: I would not have seen it…I don’t do horror films.
M: Jeremy Renner, on the other hand, is on the short list of actors that could replace a Matt Damon, and I thought he was great in this movie.
K: He was really good for sure, and I felt that when he kicks ass, he kicks ass.
M: He kicks ass! And when he does it, he’s quick, brutal…it is a joy to watch this man beat people up on screen.
K: Yes, but in the original Bourne series it was “fight fight fight/story story story”, and it had that balance…this one has a lot of talking for a long time. We get the point, and then they keep talking and talking…let’s have a fight already.
M: But it wasn’t downtime like Bella and Bob Pattinson in Twilight, it’s exciting to watch the acting too.
K: It’s good writing for sure.
K: Rachel Weisz is in this film…
M: I think it’s pronounced “Rachel Vice”
K: Ok…Rachel is in this film, and it’s similar to the first one in that our hero is on the run with a girl, and I get that. Just thought the Identity was more clever; here it’s a fight, we’ll do this, do that, and be done with it. Not as smart.
M: I don’t wanna give too much away, but Jeremy Renner is really lucky that Rachel Weisz looks like she does; if she’s an ugly scientist chick, it’s a totally different movie. You’re just a human shield, sweetheart.
K: Edward Norton is in this film, he plays the new Chris Cooper…not Chris Cooper from The Muppets, though I’d love to see him say “maniacal laugh…maniacal laugh” over and over again.
M: Well he’s the guy you need in these movies, someone who’s in charge and yells at people: “you do this, you do that, somebody bring this up, type something now!”. He’s fantastic as usual…David Straithern, Joan Allen, lots of hallmarks to the first three films can be seen here.
K: And they handle the dialogue great, director Tony Gilroy did a good job with everyone I just felt like some of the writing got a little too long…and there’s a scene in this in the lab that some people may not be ready to handle; there’s some things going on in current events that may make you want to skip that part.
M: The ending of this film left me with a Quantum of Solace kind of feel, it left me with a little less than I thought it would but if it sets up another great story for Round 2, I’m all in.
K: That’s a great point you make.
M: Thank you.
K: You get excited when I compliment you…here’s a ding.
M: It’s like my Scooby Snack.
K: It does lend itself to a sequel, it leaves a lot of room for maybe something cool to happen where Jason Bourne could come back and that would make this movie better; however as the movie stands now I’m using the Ellis system and I’m going 3.2/5 Schmoes.
M: Ok, I’m going 3.8/5 Schmoes; this movie had me hooked for a long time, and left me a bit flat at the end…maybe we’re just spoiled as moviegoers because of The Avengers where we always want to see someone team up or go against each other, but if that happens with this franchise it seems like it would fit.
K: Alright Schmoeville, do you wanna see this? Do you think Jeremy Renner is a leading man? Let us know.
M: Yes, he’s definitely a leading man!
K: I wasn’t asking you, I was asking Schmoeville.
M: I live in Schmoeville! I’m a big deal in that town; I could get into any bar I want in Schmoeville.
K: Not recently.
K: Also tune in to the podcast on the Toad Hop Network tomorrow morning; we have Katee Sackoff as our guest.
M: If I had Katee Sackoff on my arm, I could get into any bar in Schmoeville.
K: Probably right.
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