Tony Gilroy the writer of the earlier Bourne films steps into the directors role with the Bourne Legacy. The Bourne films became an inspiration and reference point for a lot of Hindi film directors to shoot their action/thriller films. Hand held and shaky camera work became the most abused style of storytelling.
Aaron Cross (Jeremy Reiner) is the new Bourne-like guy who is being tracked to kill by the intelligence agency. He was part of a program which involved a medical experiment to enhance certain mental and physical abilities in a human.
Though this is a Bourne film it is quite a departure from the earlier films in this series. Those expecting the same from this film will be disappointed. This is more of a medical thriller along the lines of a Robin Cook novel. It is a long and elaborate set up film to introduce Aaron Cross.
Almost an hour and a half is spent in setting up the plot which if you dont pay attention and do not follow certain medical terminology will be a little difficult and boring to follow. I suggest reading up a bit on the film before you set out to watch it.
There is less of action and more use of drama to build up the tension. It ends quite abruptly especially when the adrenaline rush had just started to kick in after the spectacular chase sequence in Manila.
The co-writer of this film is Dan Gilroy (The Fall) who I think was also influential in writing this as a different film from the earlier ones in the franchisee.
Jeremy Reiner nicely takes over from Matt Damon and thankfully since he is not replacing Damon as Bourne is able to make his own mark. Rachael Weisz gets an important female part to play but Edward Norton is completely wasted in a role that requires him to be in a room speaking to people.
Word of mouth The Bourne Legacy is not in the same league as Bourne but still is an engaging shadow of the same
Rating 3.5 (Above Average)
Ticket meter Worth 200 bucks