Do the Bourne movies make any sense? Enough. The first three films — The Bourne Identity Supremacy and Ultimatum — throw in just enough detail into the covert ops babble and high-speed action that by the end Jason Bourne comes out an emotional character with an evident mission. That's where Bourne Legacy drops the ball. A "sidequel" to the original trilogy Legacy follows super soldier Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he runs jumps and shoots his way out of the hands of his government captors. The film is identical to its predecessors; political intrigue chase scenes morally ambiguous CIA agents monitoring their man-on-the-run from a computer-filled HQ — a Bourne movie through and through. But Legacy has to dig deeper to find new ground to cover introducing elements of sci-fi into the equation. The result is surprisingly limp and even more incomprehensible.
Damon's Bourne spent three blockbusters uncovering his past erased by the assassin training program Treadstone. Renner's Alex Cross has a similar do-or-die mission: after Bourne's antics send Washington into a tizzy Cross' own training program Outcome is terminated. Unlike Bourne Cross is enhanced by "chems" (essentially steroid drugs) that keep him alive and kicking ass. When Outcome is ended Cross goes rogue to stay alive and find more pills.
Steeped heavily in the plot lines of the established mythology Bourne Legacy jumps back and forth between Cross and the clean up job of the movie's big bad (Edward Norton) and his elite squad of suits. The movie balances a lot of moving parts but the adventure never feels sprawling or all that exciting. Actress Rachel Weisz vibrant in nearly every role she takes on plays a chemist who is key to Cross' chemical woes. The two are forced into partnership Weisz limited to screaming cowering and sneaking past the occasional airport x-ray machine while her partner aggressively fistfights his way through any hurdle in his path. Renner is equally underserved. Cross is tailored to the actor's strengths — a darker more aggressive character than Damon's Bourne but with one out of every five of the character's lines being "CHEMS!" shouted at the top of his lungs Renner never has the time or the material to develop him.
Writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton Duplicity and the screenwriter of the previous three movies) is a master of dense language but his style choices can't breath life into the 21st century epic speak. In the film's necessary car chase Gilroy mimics the loose camera style of Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass without fully embracing it. The wishy washy approach sucks the life out of large-scale set pieces. The final 30 minutes of Bourne Legacy is a shaky cam naysayer's worst nightmare.
The Bourne Legacy demonstrates potential without ever kicking into high gear. One scene when Gilroy finally slows down and unleashes absolute terror on screen is striking. Unfortunately the moment doesn't involve our hero and its implications never explained. That sums up Legacy; by the film's conclusion it only feels like the first hour has played out. The movie crawls — which would be much more forgivable if the intense banter between its large ensemble carried weight. Instead Legacy packs the thrills of an airport thriller: sporadically entertaining and instantly forgettable.
Bob Hoskins, the English actor likely known best for his roles in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Hook, has announced that he will be retiring from acting, following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time ..." Hoskins agent said in a statement according to BBC. "He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career."
Although Hoskins' performing career dates back to the early 1970s, including classic pieces like Pink Floyd's The Wall and Brazil, modern audiences are likely most familiar with the actor for his starring role in 1988's groundbreaking melding of live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins played gruff, embittered, toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant, who turns over a new leaf when he teams up with the titular cartoon character to solve a murder mystery. Hoskins was also a fan favorite in the '91 Peter Pan flick Hook, taking on the lovable, oafish pirate sidekick Smee.
Some of Hoskins' other cinematic roles in the past two decades include the video game hero in the goofy Super Mario Bros. '93 movie, J. Edgar Hoover in '95's Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev in 2001's Enemy at the Gates. Hoskins also appeared in the 2002 rom-com Maid in Manhattan and the 2005 surreal thriller Stay. Most recently, Hoskins played the role of Muir, one of the princess' dwarf allies in the Kristen Stewart picture Snow White and the Huntsman.
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