Universal Studios has released the official teaser trailer for The Bourne Legacy. Set in the same world that Matt Damon's popular Bourne Trilogy occupied, this thriller stars Jeremy Renner (The Town) as a troubled young man who becomes a covert CIA assassin.
Little is known about the new film, but the teaser puts an emphasis on the mental and physical conditioning that Renner's character endures on his path to becoming the next "Bourne" in addition to the double-crosses and violent action that are already staples of the Bourne series.
Looks okay, I guess. Could go either way. I loved the first Bourne but couldn't stand the way the other two were directed. The shaky-cam thing just doesn't work for me. I prefer traditional filmmaking. Renner seems to be in every second movie these days (MI, Avengers, etc). Remains to be seen if he lasts.
I am so glad that this new decade is into smooth, "I can actually see everything happening," action scenes as opposed to the maddening shaky-cam mayhem of last decade where watching a frenetic car chase left you feeling like you were just in one.
I like this. It's not like Jeremy Renner is replacing Matt Damon or anything, and with all the Bourne co-stars returning, this film effectively feels like a part of the Bourne universe. Plus, it's got Ed Norton... you can NEVER go wrong with Ed Norton. I'm sure Matt Damon will eventually return to the series and maybe we'll even see a Damon Vs. Renner fight in a future installment.
"watching a frenetic car chase left you feeling like you were just in one."
I think that was the entire point, to immerse you in the action, not leave you standing on the sode of the road watching cars go by like it has been done 100 times. What better than to put you in the car with Bourne at the end of part 2, which is the best car chase Ive ever seen.
As someone who enjoyed the original Bourne Trilogy and also likes Jeremy Renner's performanes, I'm looking forward to this film. What would this be considered? A reboot? A spinoff? Or just another sequel?
Seems as if Renner is taking over everything: first Mission:Impossible, now the Bourne series.
BTW, I like the trailer, with its stripes moving across the frame like variations on venetian and vertical blinds, revealing and concealing portions of the images. The current poster has a similar aesthetic. Works well with the motif of things and characters in the story being mysterious or obscure.