The Bourne Legacy

  • 12
  • Tony Gilroy (2012)
  • US
  • 129 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Trained killer Aaron Cross (a steely Jeremy Renner) goes on the run with a genetic scientist (a sympathetic Rachel Weisz) who holds the secret to his enhanced biology. They're both targeted for assassination when their top secret programme is shut down in the public fallout of the Jason Bourne saga. After a convoluted beginning, in which it confusingly connects with all three previous Bourne movies and overlaps with events in Ultimatum, director Tony Gilroy (writer of the four films in the Robert Ludlum-based franchise) begins to pick up the pace. There's a tense shoot-out in Weisz's home and a motorbike chase finale through Manila's crowded streets that delivers big on thrills. But while Gilroy offers visual excitement and constantly building action, he too often resorts to imitating the stylistic quirks of former Bourne director Paul Greengrass, which means the stunts don't have as big an impact. However, this is still a nimble and well-crafted chase thriller.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. As the CIA's covert operations are compromised and details are leaked to the media, intelligence chiefs decide to cut their losses and kill every agent testing their top secret genetic experiment. Agent Aaron Cross manages to escape the onslaught, but must contact the scientist behind Operation Outcome to maintain his enhanced functions and foil his handlers.

Cast and crew


Aaron Cross
Jeremy Renner
Dr Marta Shearing
Rachel Weisz
Retired Col Eric Byer
Edward Norton
Retired Adm Mark Turso
Stacy Keach
Outcome No 3
Oscar Isaac
Terrence Ward
Dennis Boutsikaris
Pam Landy
Joan Allen
Dr Albert Hirsch
Albert Finney
Noah Vosen
David Strathairn
Ezra Kramer
Scott Glenn
Dita Mandy
Donna Murphy
Zev Vendel
Corey Stoll
Dr Donald Foite
Zeljko Ivanek
Ray Wills
Corey Johnson
Dr Connie Dowd
Elizabeth Marvel
Louis Ozawa Changchien
Simon Ross
Paddy Considine


Tony Gilroy

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Aug 2012
Certificate 12