Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 135 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some cursing, some implied romantic attraction between two characters but no kissing or other sexual content, and a lot of action-movie violence, including hand-to-hand combat, exploding buildings, a fight with a wolf, and some speedy car chases. The scariest, most tense part of the film is a massacre-style shootout of workers in a contained lab environment; given similar events in the news lately, this scene may be most overwhelming for young teen viewers.
Well, ‘The Bourne Legacy’ tries—it tries to be related to the Bourne trilogy starring Matt Damon, it tries to cohesively connect to Robert Ludlum’s original novels, and it tries to prove that Jeremy Renner is a bona fide action star. The last element it gets right; the others, not so much.
By Roxana Hadadi
“The Bourne Legacy” is, in a word, frustrating. So much wasted opportunity! The Jason Bourne we know from Robert Ludlum’s novels and the film trilogy starring Matt Damon struggled with his identity, his patriotism, and his understanding of right and wrong; in “The Bourne Legacy,” new protagonist Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), doesn’t share the same inner battles. He’s ultimately a straightforward, almost bland character, whose one unclearly presented decision at the beginning of the film sparks a series of ever-duller events.
Maybe Renner could carry another Bourne-influenced trilogy of his own, but Cross couldn’t.