Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross

Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross

Reel Reviews: Bourne has a new action hero

The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, is worth a watch.

  • Aug. 19, 2012 3:00 p.m.

When a recording of two senior members of a top secret CIA spy program is released on YouTube, their conversation creates a risk of unintended disclosure that becomes too great.

The powers that be decide to shut the program down. For the secret agents involved, this also means removing them from the field, permanently.

However, a few of these genetically altered agents are simply too good at their jobs to be caught. One of the missing agents is Jason Bourne. The other belongs to a newer and more improved group. He is simply known as Number Five (Jeremy Renner).

We say, “It’s worth a watch.”

TAYLOR: I’ve only seen the very first Bourne film, and although I enjoyed it, I think I enjoyed this one more. It’s not so much that Jeremy Renner is a better actor than Matt Damon, although I suspect he is, it’s just that this film was well executed, non-linear, and gave the audience a bit of a mystery to solve for themselves along the way.

HOWE: What are you talking about? All three Bourne movies are fantastic and this is no different. I loved it. I was a little skeptical about Renner being the leading man, as the movies he’s been in he has always had a supporting role. We had nothing to fear as he was brilliant.

TAYLOR: Renner was very good. I’m excited to see him in other things. He can beat a guy up, yet still do more subtle things: look confused, act hurt, etc. I think we might have witnessed the birth of a new leading man. He’s a weird looking man, though, sort of like Daniel Craig. You think he’s very handsome, until you start really looking at him: strange nose, damaged skin. I think he’ll never be the pretty boy type but continue along a more realistic vein.

HOWE: Even though this is in the Bourne series, it’s not a sequel. It runs in tandem with The Bourne Ultimatum, which is a clever idea. I wonder if they make another one, somewhere down the line, will they join the rogue agents together? It could be a lethal team, and a lot of fun.

TAYLOR: They sure dropped enough hints along the way. If the two of them joined forces it would make for a high degree of comeuppance, and most likely an excellent action/spy movie. But we’re jumping the gun by making a wish list. Let’s talk about what we didn’t like about the movie. I bet it’s the same things. Overall, I loved the film, but as it progressed, my score for it continuously dropped. Within the first 60 minutes I was loving it, I thought it might get a four, at least a three and a half, but even that didn’t last.

HOWE: I know what you mean: too long of a chase scene at the conclusion and an ending we have already seen before in the Bourne series. But I still loved it.

–– Howe gives The Bourne Legacy 4 green pills out of 5.

–– Taylor gives it 3 altered genomes out of 5.

The film is currently showing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

–– Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are movie critics living in Vernon, B.C.