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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Bourne Legacy 2012 * * * Stars

Director: Tony Gilroy
Year: 2012
Rated PG-13
Rating: * * * stars
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton

Jeremy Renner takes the reins from Matt Damon in this entertaining fourth Bourne entry that in my mind, resembles the first film in the series (The Bourne Identity). He doesn't play the actual character of Jason Bourne. It's more like a subdued version. In fact, Renner plays CIA agent Aaron Cross. He's being hunted down based on the previous actions of Bourne (in the previous 3 films of course). Bottom line: Renner steps into the lead role with no trouble at all. He easily handles the physical demands as well (the fights are very well choreographed and they're as good as anything in the previous outings).

Ultimately, this is a satisfying entry and based on the popularity of these films, a 5th one may be on the way. One question though: Because Renner is not Bourne, are the studio execs gonna keep tying that name to the series? Just a thought.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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