Movie Review Lite - a few personal observations and photos you've not seen anywhere else before:Based on Robert Ludlum's novels, The Bourne Legacy is centered on a new covert operative, Arron Cross. Carrying the baton for Matt Damon is is the phlegmatic yet highly engaging Jeremy Renner (see The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Mission Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol).
|The Bourne Legacy: "There Was Never Just One. The Chinese poster I adapted to English.|
|The Bourne Legacy - The New Uber-spy supplanting Jason Bourne|
|Jeremy Renner rises from the icy depths and begins the next generation of "Bourne" agents.|
|A House Warming Gift from Friends...|
I'll grant you, I'm not all that convinced about the surreptitiousness of it all, but one such organization, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), does perform comparable research for the U.S. Department of Defense. They are in business of developing the sort of cloaked programs that are on a parallel with Bourne’s world - now entrusted to Cross. We're not talking merely about high-tech weaponry and robotic prostheses, but extraordinary advancements in neuroscience.The aim of this neuroscience, as it relates to advancing defense, is to design a stronger warrior. When perfected, such research will reduce battlefield stress, hasten learning, improve analytic capabilities and engender trust. All the characteristics which now exemplify Arron Cross. All except possible the latter, which is a good thing or we would have never been given the opportunity to see Cross in action. And what gripping action it is!
|The Bourne Legacy - Jeremy Renner taking aim.|
|Some people just don't like it when you share secrets.|
How exactly all this science and commotion play-out is what makes The Bourne Legacy such an exciting ride. However, as much as I enjoyed the intrigue, the writers (Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy) did not make it all that clear what certain disaster would befall such covert programs should the general public become aware of the glitches they are so violently desperate to conceal.
Are we Americans so naive that we cannot tolerate imperfections in something as necessary as developing better weaponry? Are we so politically gullible that we'd jump to conclusions and vilify the elected officials ostensibly in charge? Oh, now that I've actually expressed my incredulity, I can see at what the Gilroy's were getting. My bad.
|Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz make for good chemistry - in more ways than one...|
|Arron Cross dropping-in unannounced.|
Just a couple of my favorite lines:
- Jason Borne was just the tip of the iceberg.
- He's Treadstone without the inconsistency.
- You were given a Ferrari and your people treated it like a lawnmower.
- You need to start to consider the magnitude of what we're facing if this movies sideways on us.
|The Bourne Legacy - A Few of My Favorite Characters Return Plus a Couple More|
Sure, we arrived at a good pace, but while we were catching our breath for the next set of twists and turns to come, it was over. My wife and I looked at each other and blurted, "What?" It was as if we quickly understood where we were going and enjoyed the journey, but were expecting something more afterward - an aspect we did not foresee and was to be our reward for our foresight. But none was to come.
|A motorcycle ride she will never forget - nor will we.|
Yes, I know the plot was left open for the sequels to come, but had The Bourne Legacy given us that something extra beyond the obvious, I think it would have catapulted us into greater heights and crafted an even more fulfilling conclusion. That not being the case, The Bourne Legacy is still a must see on my list and is no slouch at 4.5 Lenses.
|4.5 Lens Review|
©Photosical - the photographic and personal observations of Orange County Photographer, Mark Jordan Photography
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|Is it any wonder why America has not signed the Kyoto Protocol?|
Doesn't appear others are all that concerned about curtailing "global warming"...
|Now here's a camera angle you don't see every day.|
|Getting to know each other - trust can be a challenge.|
|"Hmm, I don't think I'm the first genetically enhanced spy to sleep in this bed..."|
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