Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bourne Legacy

Bourne Legacy.
As an action movie, this was pretty good. It took a while to get going, and even then was slow in places, but when the action happened, it was good action. Fights, chases on foot, chases on the road, and only a couple points where I absolutely don’t believe you can do that on a motorcycle.
As a spy movie, again, this was pretty good. It took a while for all the pieces to fall into place, but I always expected that they would and had ideas about where it was going, unlike the Dark Knight, which was obtuse for the sake of being obtuse. I’m not convinced that the central motivation of the villains actually made sense, but I can shrug and buy it.
This was not a spectacular movie, though, only a serviceable one. The first Bourne film was a revelation, a return to the smart, taut spy thriller that the Bond franchise wasn’t. The Bond franchise has picked up, though, while Bourne keeps on the same track. It’s not a bad track, necessarily,
but neither is it particularly memorable.
Also, shaky cam is annoying. It wasn’t as bad as I remember the second one being, but the directive of the film seems to have been “keep that camera zoomed as far in as you possibly can, no matter what!”
The good news is that the franchise doesn’t suffer in the switch from Jason Bourne to the new guy. The bad news is that the film isn’t even memorable enough for me to remember the new guy’s name.

1. The Avengers
2. The Amazing Spiderman
3. Brave
4. The Cabin in the Woods
5. The Secret World of Arrietty
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Men in Black 3
8. Prometheus
9. Hunger Games
10. The Lorax
11. Snow White and the Huntsman
12. Total Recall
13. Bourne Legacy
14. Mirror, Mirror
15. John Carter

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