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The Bourne Legacy

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-enhanced skills to finish what Jason Bourne started in this action-packed hit that takes the Bourne series to explosive new levels.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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4 out of 5

Non-stop action sequel holds its own against predecessors.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the blockbuster Bourne movie series, although this film splits from its namesake book to chronicle a new character entirely separate from Jason Bourne. (This is the first in the series not to star Matt Damon, though his character is mentioned several times.) This time, Jeremy Renner stars as a genetically modified agent who must flee for his life. Like the earlier Bourne movies, Legacy is a big-budget, fast-paced, smart action thriller with near non-stop action -- including explosions, motorcycle chases, and many, many fight scenes, some of which get quite brutal (necks snapped, faces smashed, etc.). There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and social drinking, but the constant action violence is the main issue here.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Bourne series. How does Legacy compare to the others? How does it change things to have a new star?
  • Does this movie seem more or less violent than what you've seen in other films? What kind of fighting/violence has the most impact? Why?
  • How do the covert agents justify their violent actions? Do the ends ever justify the means? Do you think real spies act like this?

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Rotten: It all but squanders Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, although with actors less appealing, "The Bourne Legacy" would be even worse.

- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, August 9, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

At times a series will venture in new territory and it would be a gamble, it will either succeed or fail. This fourth film tries to do something different while using the standards of the previous entries. I usually enjoy something daring, something that tries to reinvent a series. With The Bourne Legacy there's some good material on-screen, but it is underdeveloped and lacks the intensity of previous Bourne films, which are some of the best Spy Thrillers to grace the screen in the last ten years. Despite the lacking plot, Jeremy Renner is good here, and he manages to give his all with such mundane material. The problem with this entry is that tries too hard at outdoing the last one, and rightfully so, because The Bourne Ultimatum is a very hard film to top. Is this a bad film, not really, but it doesn't stand out and it is quite forgettable in the long run. Despite a good cast, the film just doesn't have anything worthwhile. The idea of introducing a new character and focusing the plot on him instead of Jason Bourne was tempting, but it just doesn't pay off. There can't be a Bourne film without the titular character and Matt Damon. Those were the key to the film's success, remove that and you a decent spy flick with a few minor thrills, and that is what this film is. I really wanted to enjoy this one, and with this cast, I was expecting something truly wonderful, but I have to say, this is a disappointment. Trying something new didn't pay off because they cut out the character of Bourne altogether aside from mentioning him, which isn't enough in my book. Decent, but ultimately forgettable and it's a shame because I love Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton. The film could have been so much better and it lacks in some areas and as a Bourne flick, it just doesn't have that touch that made the first three such standout films.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, December 1, 2012

4 stars

An adrenaline-pumping and explosive thriller. It`s a total knockout that will keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense and non-stop action. Director, Tony Gilroy keeps the Bourne series intact with this one following the events in the third film, bringing new life and another character that manages to keep us hooked until the last shot. It`s a riveting, compelling and absorbing thrill-ride. This Bourne has the most attitude yet and surprisingly delivers. A stylish, memorable and insanely cool action flick. It`s filled with well-crafted action sequences and chases scenes that will blow your mind. A pulse-pounding action-packed tour de force. A well-paced story with lots of ideas and great characters to fill in the gaps of the other films. Jeremy Renner is terrific, he makes himself into a worthy action hero and does more than carry the mantle that Matt Damon left behind, but leaves alot of option open for a team-up in the future, which i would be excited for. Edward Norton is excellent. Rachel Weisz is marvelous. It is not the best Bourne in the series, but it certainly does the trick to being entertaining.

- allan913, Monday, October 29, 2012

3 stars

As far as entertainment, this movie passes. However, the story is really simple and the action sequences, like in all action films, drag on. I generally do not like action movies, but this one is slightly better than your typical action film...just slightly.

- fb1576983399, Sunday, October 14, 2012