The rise and rise of Jeremy Renner.
The Bourne Legacy review
19th August 2012
I've spent a whole week deciding whether or not this is a decent addition to the Bourne franchise. I've decided that it is.
Whilst it's not the best of the four movies, it certainly packs a punch and is worthy of the Bourne title. Fans of the books will probably disagree with me, but it's a decent step-change when you try to resurrect the franchise without Matt Damon.
The other option would have been to do a Bond and just put a new actor to replace Damon, and I'm certainly glad they didn't go down that route.
Jeremy Renner is a class act in his own right - fairly new-ish to some but since Hurt Locker, his rise has been noticeable - and he'll be a household name in a year or two. This is third movie I've seen him in this year, after Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the Avengers, and this is his best role to date.
Backed up with the extremely talented Rachel Weisz, an interwoven plot with the Bourne Ultimatum (including cameos from that film), and some great cat and mouse chases, this is a great start to Renner's Bourne reign - I hope it's a success with more to come.