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Bourne Legacy – Film Review   Leave a comment

Bourne Legacy – Review

My high hopes for this movie were met with a gross mishandling of a trilogy that should have been left alone. Seriously, a new brand of ridiculous was invented just for this movie.

Lets start with a couple details just to bring you all up to speed. First off, Matt Damon does not star in any part of the movie. Now that wasn’t an immediate deal breaker because rising A-Lister Jeremy Renner replaced Damon, but it certainly demanded an inspired attempt by director Tony Gilroy. Unfortunately that is where this film fell flat.

One of the first rules of movie reviewing is not to ruin the movie, and that usually is usually a good rule to live by, however in this case you are going to thank me.

Early on in the film Renner is on the lam from an ambiguous government agency that obviously wants him dead. Although a very common premise for a film I was expecting this. What I wasn’t expecting was for the Bourne Trilogy to take on the flavor of a WWE wrestling match. (No disrespect to WWE, love that stuff)

Rather than having Renner simply hide in a cluster of trees or jump into an intimidating looking river like a normal secret agent, someone in Hollywood thought it would be a good idea to take things “to the max”. That was a terrible decision.

While running from an unmanned predator drone Renner found the time to cut out a homing beacon from deep in his leg, and set up a trap for a pack of wolves who also happened to be chasing him at the time. After doing this he single-handedly kills every wolf save one, the predator drone closing in all the while. Renner then proceeds to put the remaining wolf in a head lock and forces it to swallow his homing beacon at which point the wolf takes off into the woods only to be destroyed by a missile.

At this point director Troy Gilroy decided to follow the same line of thought that was made famous by professional baseball in the 90’s…. if you have a good thing, make it do steroids and then it could only get better right?

One of the driving conflicts of the film is that Renner’s character Alex Cross has ran out of “blues and greens”, pills that have made this next generation of Bourne-like agents better than the last one. Without them he will surely die… big surprise. I wasn’t kidding you when I said Troy Gilroy made the entire Bourne franchise do steroids, it was a pathetic layer to add to this saga and I’m glad Matt Damon had the sense to avoid this one entirely.

Either the screenplay was written by a fourteen year old boy who had three red bulls in half an hour or someone made a boo boo.

There is at best a few meager nuggets of enjoyment to be reaped from this movie. Please don’t go see it.

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Posted September 13, 2012 by dauberb in Uncategorized

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Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol   Leave a comment

 

IMDB Score: 7.9/10

 

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

 

Directed by: Brad Bird

 

By Ben Dauber

 

 

Stylish, sexy, and frantically paced Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol has what it takes to keep butts in the seats.

 

The makeover of the franchise was successful as director Brad Bird was able to keep all of the action while updating, among other things, the cast and the overall feel of the film.

 

As always in Mission Impossible films the plot is laid out very simply, and if you choose to accept it and allow the gadgets and hand to hand combat to do their job is always worth a watch.

 

The gadgets are present in full effect and the exotic locales certainly lend an element of novelty and nuance to the film that was present in its successors.

 

Despite its PG-13 rating (which to me is a death sentence o most action films) the movie has its fair share of ass kicking, it lacks a love scene but hey you can’t have everything.

 

Tom Cruise delivers a predictably badass performance as one of his namesake characters Ethan Hunt, but the actors cast around him are what make the film a successful reinvention.

 

Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg each add an element necessary to make the film a successful update on the 90’s hit.

 

Renner has become an action movie must have and lends a certain sarcastic edge that is his trademark.

 

Paula Patton is the heartthrob without doubt. Tan, mysterious, and able to kick your ass she makes the film worth watching even if it’s on mute.

 

Simon Pegg (AKA Shaun of the Dead) lends a plucky sense of humor that helps ensure that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. This was one of Bird’s major successes in the film, keeping the action but ensuring the movie still had some comedic perspective and some self-deprecating jabs.

 

Definitely worth a watch, holiday ass-kicking helps people like me stay sane.