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FAST PACED ESPIONAGE ACTIONER :THE BOURNE LEGACY
Fast-paced and emotionally nuanced, Tony (“Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”) Gilroy's powerfully staged spy thriller-actioner has little in common with Eric Van Lustbader 's 2004 novel The Bourne Legacy, fourth in the series created by Robert Ludlum. Lustbader shared an agent with Ludlum, and reinvented the series after Ludlum's death in 2001,writing as many as seven books about the titular spy. Gilroy's film credits Ludlum as the inspiration for the 2012 spin-off.
Expanding the Bourne universe with a slew of new characters like virologist Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz ) Retired Adm. Mark Turso, USN (Stacy Keach) and ruthless USAF Col (retd). Eric Byer (played by Edward Norton) Gilroy presents the time and tested combination of international espionage, intrigue and plenty of action.
In The Bourne Legacy, Aaron Cross is one of select genetically "enhanced" subjects in a secret CIA-authorized program code-named Outcome, an evolution of the previous films’ Treadstone and Blackbriar projects, which Bourne exposed in “Ultimatum.” Now, Dr Shearing seems to be loathe to go public even as she and Cross discuss the imperatives of science (but not ethics), talking to the media among other alternatives. Bu these are few and far between. Cross's exit from the program provokes a frenzied rush to destroy the evidence, which includes eliminating both Outcome recruits and researchers. In the Alaskan wilderness, Cross narrowly escapes a drone attack and later, saves deus ex machina mode, Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz) in one of the film's best scenes. Like the previous three films, the fourth also criss-crosses the globe with Cross and Shearing eventually proceeding to Manila to ensure a sequel.Hopefully, a spate which could even have Bourne crossing Cross's path somewhere in the course of their globe-trotting.
Legacy's music score is pulsating, the camerawork excellent; Renner is remarkable as Aaron Cross but franchise veterans Albert Finney, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn don't have much to do except to make sure that the rogue agent ( Cross ) is eliminated. Joan Allen is wasted in a blink and miss part. And the talented Mr Norton could have been better employed as the self-righteous agent who believes his actions are "morally indefensible and absolutely necessary." Deja vu set in here for me. For, like many other Hollywood films, Gilroy's Legacy too critiques the lack of a moral sensibility in state-run intelligence operations.
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