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Jeremy Renner stars in spy franchise

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bourne2The prior three installments in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, were all adapted from best-sellers by Robert Ludlum and starred Matt Damon as espionage agent extraordinaire Jason Bourne. The Bourne Legacy represents a major departure in that it’s based on a book by Eric Van Lustbader and only makes slight references to the title character.

In place of Bourne, this reboot revolves around Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a pill-popping protagonist being turned into a killing machine by way of an experimental CIA program. At the point of departure, we find the unassuming spy on assignment in the Alaskan wilderness where he is very dependent on government issued medication coming in blue and green colors designed to improve his mental and physical abilities, respectively.

However, when he watches a guided missile fired by an American drone blow up the cabin where he’s been training, the sage spy instinctively senses that someone in the Agency now wants him dead. To complicate matters, he’s almost out of the drugs he’s become utterly dependent upon. This sets in motion the sort of frenetic, high body-count race against time we’ve come to expect of every Bourne episode.

The adrenaline-fueled adventure first brings our peripatetic hero in from the cold for a fix as well as for some answers. But he’s only frustrated back at headquarters where he determines that a yellow pill recently added to his regimen has already killed other colleagues in the top secret Blackbriar Program.

bourneAfter convincing the gorgeous medical researcher (Rachel Weisz) monitoring his vital signs that she’s on the hit list, too, the pair escape to the Philippines by way of Canada for a spectacular motorcycle chase scene replete with a hired hit man (Louis Ozawa Changchien), frightened pedestrians and a sacrificial fruit stand.

Don’t be surprised to find the episode end in a way which sets the table for Bourne 5 as much as it closes the curtain on this action-packed roller coaster ride. A primer on how to make a successful sequel sans a hit franchise’s title character, star or source material from the series’ creator.

Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense action sequences.
Running time: 135 minutes
Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes; Re-Bourne; Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase; filmmaker commentary; Enter Aaron Cross; Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location; Man vs. Wolf; Wolf Sequence Test; Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta; pocket BLU app; BD-Live; and more.

To see a trailer for The Bourne Legacy, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4I9PHwbmWE

To order a copy of The Bourne Legacy Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005LAIIQC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
 

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