The Bourne Legacy (2012)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

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  • Tony Gilroy in The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Rachel Weisz in The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Edward Norton in The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Edward Norton and Stacy Keach in The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  • Rachel Weisz and Tony Gilroy in The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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27 September 2012 | gwilson1982
| Decent piece of action / thrillers - but where's Bourne??
What's this film got to do with Bourne? Not much, that's for sure. There are some flashbacks to the previous films, some hints of a relationship, but those are more confusing than helpful. The fourth part of the trilogy is almost like trying to attach a second tail to a dog. Or fifth wheel to a car. Or a... You get the point. Without the Bourne name, it would have been yet another action thriller, the same as everything else. The plot is straightforward, get item A, go to point B, fight bad guy C.

But does this make it a bad film then? Not really. It's still enjoyable entertainment for a night out in cinemas. The main actors are great, things are happening, the pace is solid and entertainment wise you have no been short-changed. There is enough action and tension in the film, not the least in how the secret government agency goes forth in its information gathering activities. The chase scene towards the end is a bit uninspired though - except for the very final part. Go watch it, but don't expect it to be as good as the first Bourne film.

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Composer John Powell composed the music for the first three Bourne films as the regular composer for both Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass. James Newton Howard, Tony Gilroy's regular composer was hired to write the music for this film. Howard's music is almost stylistically and loosely based on Powell's work on the original Bourne films with his own musical voice.


Byer: We are the sin eaters. It means that we take the moral excrement we find in this equation and we bury it down deep inside of us, so that the rest of our case can stay pure. That is the job. We are morally indefensible, and absolutely necessary.


Aaron Cross claims his US Army recruiter falsified his enlistment paperwork by adding 12 points to his IQ to allow him to meet entry requirements for the US Army. The US Army does not have an IQ requirement, and none of the means by which potential recruits are evaluated measure IQ. US Army recruits are required to complete a written exam (the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB), a physical fitness evaluation, and a medical examination. The ASVAB measures several different categories of knowledge, but is not an intelligence test. The ASVAB result is then used to calculate the recruit's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which provides an eligibility rating by percentile (highest possible score is 99). Aaron's claim would be more realistic if he said his recruiter added 12 points to his AFQT score (minimum score for the US Army at the time the film takes place was 31 out of 99), however the AFQT is still a measurement of knowledge, not intelligence. In addition, it is unlikely that Aaron's recruiter would be able to alter his AFQT score since the ASVAB is not administered by the recruiter, but by personnel at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Aaron's recruiter would not even see Aaron's exam, just the resulting score. At the time of filming the ASVAB was mainly administered by computer at a MEPS, supervised by MEPS personnel. Aaron might have taken a paper version of the ASVAB, but that would also have been administered and scored by MEPS personnel, not his recruiter. It is unlikely that his recruiter would even be present while he took the exam (the ASVAB is three hours long, and recruiters have other things to do), let alone be in a position to alter his score.


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Action | Adventure | Thriller


Release Date:

10 August 2012


English, Russian, Filipino, Ukrainian

Country of Origin

USA, Japan

Filming Locations

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

PHP 110,676,250 (Philippines) (12 August 2012)


$113,203,870 (USA) (8 November 2012)

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