August 24, 2012

The Bourne Legacy - AMC Loews Kips Bay 14

Mike: I'm one of the few people who doesn't really care for the Bourne movies. I enjoyed the first one, but I thought they became more convoluted and boring as the series went on. I really disliked the third one, which got so much acclaim. But I seemed to be the one person on the planet who hated it. I couldn't stand the distracting fast-paced editing. But I was curious to see what Jeremy Renner would bring to this universe, and I was also curious to see how they would fit this into the franchise without the title character. Kind of like when they made Smokey and the Bandit III, or even Laverne & Shirley after Shirley left or Chico and the Man after Chico died. It's a Bourne-less Bourne movie, which is a pretty audacious move from the studio to produce and market and expect people to go see.
I was happy to see that Legacy takes the franchise back a few notches and utilizes a more straight-forward way of storytelling. I found it more pleasant to watch unfold than the two previous installments. I'd say it's worth a rental, but of course, my view on the Bourne series is so far off from the general consensus that I don't think it matters.

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