If you are looking for ultimate entertainment for the eye and the brain, then The Bourne Legacy is just what the doctor prescribed. This flick is fast-paced, smart and beautiful, paving the way for a new kickass character Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), after three amazing ‘Bourne’ instalments with Matt Damon playing Jason Bourne. A lot of the movie is set in the same space and time that The Bourne Ultimatum was, which is a wonderful way to provide continuity of the series while putting a new spin on events the viewer is already aware of.
In the opening sequence, Aaron Cross is swimming through icy Alaskan waters, on a test mission, and while he painstakingly succeeds at every twist and turn of the crazy exercise, the nasty officials in Washington and NYC decide to obliterate all the six super-agents, chemically enhanced to be almost indestructible, in case info about Jason Bourne’s case goes viral. When it dawns on Aaron Cross what his bosses are up to, his mind goes into strict survival mode and the tricks he comes up with are a joy to watch.
Cross has to get his body to work for him on a shrinking supply of the ‘meds’ in order to outrun his programmers so he teams up with plucky scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) who can help him do just that because she was the brains behind his artificial enhancements. Rachel Weisz does an amazing job at portraying a character so willing to survive she will march through any insane task Cross gives her, with a clueless, blank expression on her face – but with an air of confidence that his plan will work out each and every time.
Edward Norton is cold as ice as a government official Eric Byer, bent on evaporating Cross to stop the leak threat from causing major havoc. Byer seems psychotic at times and he will stop at nothing to do his job, which is proven by the impressive amount of dead bodies that only gets crazier as the movie progresses. Tony Gilroy co-wrote The Bourne Ultimatum with his brother Dan, and the duo do a magnificent job in presenting plot twist after plot twist destined to blow all spy thriller lovers out of the water with gorgeously choreographed action sequences (breathtaking Alaskan landscapes, the crumpling Maryland house and narrow Manila streets are the best bits).