We caught the exclusive press screening of the fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne franchise a few hours ahead of its premiere in Malaysia – all thanks to our friends from United International Pictures Malaysia.
But before we get into our review, we have to say just one thing; Jeremy Renner is definitely all set to be the next most highly sought after agent for future action/spy flicks. Judging from his roles as “Hawkeye” in “The Avengers” and “Aaron Cross” in today’s “The Bourne Legacy”, it looks like he’s made for these parts, having played them so well and so effortlessly.
Jeremy (who plays “Operation Outcome” field agent and program participant, Aaron Cross) starts showing his tough side from the very beginning of the film – crossing borders, climbing mountains, jumping over cliffs, shooting drone planes, and taking on a random wolf while he’s on a solo training mission in ice cold Alaska.
Needless to say, the start of the legacy is so “rough outback” that it doesn’t actually give the audience any time to breathe. That, coupled with a lot of high-leveled dialogue that requires people to sit up and listen or the entire plot would be lost.
Then comes the attractive and intelligent Dr. Marta Shearing (played by the beautiful Rachel Weisz) who is Jeremy’s personal damsel in distress.
Her task (after she witnessed a deranged colleague gun down an entire lab of co-workers) is to help Jeremy because ultimately, she has access to the meds that only the government can provide. The same government they need to be running away from:
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Do they make it? We won’t include any spoilers. But we should remind you though that in the spirit of all Bourne films, there plot is always twisty and thick, and that behind every act of violence or word, there’s an ulterior motive. In this installment, many ulterior motives.
We also love how director Tony Gilroy takes this legacy halfway across the globe, from Alaska to Chicago, to New York to Seoul, and then to Manila in the Philippines. Needless to say, these locations provided leeway for brandishing some epic cinematography (thanks to cinematographer Robert Elswit).
We’ll leave you to figure this one out when you catch it in a cinema near you! Oh, and yes, it’s worth watching in a cinema.
For more information, visit the movie’s official website.