Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy
2012 Action, Adventure, Thriller. An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero.
Aaron Cross is a member of a black ops program called Operation Outcome whose subjects are genetically enhanced. He must run for his life once former CIA Treadstone agent Jason Bourne’s actions lead to the public exposure of Operation Treadstone and its successor Operation Blackbriar.
Filming was primarily in New York City, with some scenes shot in the Philippines, South Korea, and Canada.
In speaking about the film’s storyline, screenwriter, Dan Gilroy drew a distinction between the fictional programs in the Bourne film series:
On a practical level, the Treadstone program was about assassination. They’re basically assassins. They live in the world—you can see Clive Owen [in The Bourne Identity] as a piano teacher, they have covers—but they’re essentially assassins. There was nothing that would be described as espionage, [they’re] basically a kill squad. The Outcome program that Aaron [played by Jeremy Renner] is part of, [Oscar Isaac’s character] is one of them too… The conceit is that [Edward Norton’s character] is the mastermind of this entire franchise. We’re stepping back a little bit in time here, he’s been a developer, he’s been at the nexus of the corporate military and intelligence communities. There’s a very large corporate element, pharmaceutical corporate element…
It’s a film that I’ve seen more than once since it came out (on DVD) and I think that it’s very well done. Highly recommended.
A friend of mine called and he’s leaving California for Utah. The problem is that there are no moving trucks available in California due to the exodus. So he picked up a truck in Utah and drove it to California to pick up his stuff, and will drive it back to UT. Like rats, fleeing a sinking ship.
With another two years left on his term as governor, Newson, pictured above, is determined to do as much damage as he can to the state. And in doing so, he’s celebrated by Silicon Valley tech billionaires and Hollywood moguls.
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