Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz
Working in tandem with events shown in the Jason Bourne films, it is revealed that there are other super soldiers out there. But with unwelcome attention being given to the special agent program, sinister forces decide to hunt down the amped up uber spies and eliminate them. One man in particular, Aaron Cross, must use all his enhanced abilities to survive this onslaught. With Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.
And the new guy for the Bourne spin off is… Jeremy Renner…. err are you sure? When the choice for the new Bourne guy was announced, it didn’t exactly set my world on fire. But to be fair Renner was surprisingly good, I kind of liked his wry, grizzled take on the super agent role. It wasn’t as good as Damon’s coiled and intense performance, but I was still quite impressed.
The real problem I had was with the film in general. There were long periods where not a lot seemed to happen and I was left quite bored. I like cool nefarious secret service types hatching plots and having smart nifty dialogues as much as the next guy, but there comes a point when you have to say, enough already, what about the fighting? Its always interesting to see Renner and Weisz evading these agencies in a sneaky, super smart way, but what about the action?
Obviously you have to build a plot and back story (both fantastically blended with action in the Matt Damon films), but you also need plenty of bone crunching visceral fisty-cuffs, which are a signature characteristic of the Bourne films. On a more positive note there was a great cast and it still had the gritty fly on the wall style of the previous films. What action sequences they did have were pretty good; they included a thrilling killing spree in a lab and a motorcycle/roof top chase in the Philippines. (SPOILER ALERT: This sequence had a major down point for me, in that the guy leading the chase was meant to be a scary super soldier like Cross, but all he did was chase him on a bike and over rooftops, with no actual chance to see these altered agents really going at it).
My view – if the Bourne series was a TV show then this would be a quite good filler episode while we waited for the real main Jason Bourne storyline to return (fingers crossed…)