The Grade Book: “The Bourne Legacy”

The Bourne Legacy

Plot: After Jason Bourne upsets government establishments, agents try to wipe out a program that includes highly-trained spies and assassins. One of them, Aaron Cross, goes on the run with a doctor in order to avoid the agents and keep his set of skills (using a particular drug).

Director: Tony Gilroy.

Writers: Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac.

Genre: Action, Thriller.

Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: The Bourne Legacy has a basic script compared to the other films and the film’s action scenes are placed too far apart, but Jeremy Renner holds Legacy together with his strong performance. The supporting cast, action, and locations help make up for the film’s flaws, but Legacy is overall less thrilling than its predecessors — though it remains as fairly good summer entertainment. 



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B-

Less action and even less Bourne then fans might be hoping for. Without a doubt the weakest in the franchise. But the franchise is so strong to begin with that even this can’t be looked at as a bad movie. It’s still a strong, well written and well acted spy movie with some of the best and most realistic action scenes of the year. Even if they are few and far between.

  • Tyler Christian (Cali Critic):

Grade: C+



Jeremy Renner serves as a solid replacement for Matt Damon, and also takes part in some thrilling action sequences, but co-writer/director Tony Gilroy constructs an overall weak follow-up to one of cinema’s greatest action movie franchises. The script is way too heavily reliant on expository dialogue to tie together the events from the previous three films (especially Ultimatum), which soon really gets in the way of there being more action sequences that there could’ve been for the final cut. The action that is present though, is pretty thrilling for the most part, especially the climax that culminates in a near-10 minute motorcycle chase. Overall though besides the decent performances and action, The Bourne Legacy falters from its jumbled script, lack of a definitive villain, and inconsistent pacing.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

Grade: A

This was the first film in the franchise that I enjoyed. It makes me want to go back to the original trilogy and give it a second chance. Now I have to go ask a friend if I can borrow them.

  • Steven Hunt: 

Grade: D

Are Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz great? Yes. However, the script is a mess, the action isn’t particularly enthralling, and the on screen presence of Jason Bourne is sorely missed. Also, this movie is very boring. There is no balance of action and story, which the originals had.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

The story (especially) and characters in The Bourne Legacy are less interesting than those in the other Bourne films, and Tony Gilroy isn’t quite the action director that Paul Greengrass is, but the film still succeeds in the end. This is largely due to Jeremy Renner’s performance, as the actor has a strong presence and brings a lot of intensity to his role — though his character lacks the complexity that Jason Bourne had. The supporting cast is also good, and the action is thrilling and placed in great locations (including some breathtaking scenery set in Alaska). As a Bourne film this is the weakest of the bunch, but it still works as solid summer entertainment.

  • WeWatchedAMovie:

‎Grade: C+

Though Renner carries the film and brings more substance to his character than Bourne himself had, the lack of action, questionable motives, and almost pointless story drain the life out of the film.

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