The original Bourne films are certainly, without understatement, included amongst the best actions films of recent years; the latest addition, with a new male lead, thus has a lot to live up to.
Luckily, if the trailer is anything to go by, the latest effort, The Bourne Legacy, appears to be a welcome addition to a brilliantly conceived franchise. Starring the excellent Jeremy Renner, wonderful in both The Hurt Locker and The Town, and the intelligent Rachel Weisz, whose intellect certainly imbues her performances, looks well-choreographed and suitably engaging.
My real point of contention, and the very real concern that could derail The Bourne Legacy’s success, is the absence of previous director Paul Greengrass, whose hand-held immediate direction was responsible for the original trilogy. Instead, Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the first three instalments, takes the directorial helm: whether or not this is to prove detrimental to the film’s success remains to be seen.