Cinema Saturday, 5/8/21

The Bourne Legacy

Year: 2012
Runtime: 2h 15m
Rated: PG-13

Director: Tony Gilroy

Writers: Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, Robert Ludlum

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

“What kind of weapon system is this guy operating?”

“He’s probably got a rifle.”

“It’s a high-powered rifle.”

Initial: I’m still recovering from my month-long horror-o-thon. I finished watching The Good Place and decided on a rewatch.

What Did I Think:
The Bourne Legacy is one of my comfort movies, which means I love it more than it probably deserves. I admire its chutzpah: a Bourne film without Bourne. I love its exposition: there’s a lot of it and it generally does nothing to elucidate the plot. And, despite its uneven pacing, I’m along for the ride because it’s double competency porn. Ed Norton and company don’t fail because they’re incompetent; they’re just less competent than the operative they’ve created. I also appreciate the Frankenstein overtones. Dork turned bad-ass Rachael Weisz is a scientist who has to face the consequences of Doing Science.

And besides, isn’t a movie about a grand bio-engineering government conspiracy exactly the movie I want to watch after getting my second mRNA vaccine shot?

Production Notes: If you want to watch a more well-regarded Tony Gilroy film (and one of my husband’s frequent rewatches), I recommend Michael Clayton (2007) with George Clooney and Tilda Swinton.

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