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New Bourne Legacy Trailer

Hey, here’s the new trailer for The Bourne Legacy. It’s the latest film in the Bourne series (the original trilogy consisting of The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremecy and The Bourne Ultimatum). Matt Damon isn’t returning, but the new film will focus on Jeremy Renner, who seems to be having quite a year. The supporting cast is suitably impressive, with David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn all returning – while adding Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz and Oscar Isaac. (Personally, I’m also actually quite geeked to see Stacey Keach, Željko Ivanek and Corey Stoll playing supporting roles as well.)

Hope you enjoy.

I have to say, I’m intrigued at the approach they’re taking – it looks like this film is being structured as a sort of a “side-quel” to the Bourne series, exploring events from another angle. While it’s very clearly an attempt to get the “Bourne” brand out there, I think it’s a pretty cool way of playing with narrative – it seems structured more intricately than a simple reboot, sequel, prequel or remake.

One of the things I’ve found really fascinating about 2012 as a year in mainstream cinema is the way that the studios have been playing with narrative links. Prometheus wasn’t a direct prequel to Alien, more like a spiritual predecessor. The Avengers isn’t a direct sequel to any of the Marvel films, but rather a composite of story threads flowing from each one. I know people decry the rise of franchise cinema (as if that’s something new), but I thing there’s some interesting stuff going on here. I don’t know quite how it’ll work out, but I am intrigued by the approach.

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5 Responses

  1. I’m also liking the parallel storyline approach. Only concern I have is just how I can buy Renner as a super spy action guy.

    • I have the same problem. If only there had been two movies in the past twelve months that showcased that side of his talent.

      (I hope you were being sarcastic like I think you were, because if you weren’t I sound like a jerk, and I apologise. Damn internet and lack of tone. I probably should have erred on the side of caution.)

  2. I’m a bit more genuine in my statement as I’m not detecting any sort of intensity to him in these roles and in The Avengers his Hawkeye was pretty impotent in my reckoning. Physically he’s able for it but I always feel like there’s an air of disinterest to his performance. He was decent in Ghost Protocol but I like being proved wrong as I want this Bourne film to be as good as the rest.

    • Apologies, I was an ass. I assumed you were making fun of the fact that Renner seems to have sacrificed a lot of his indie cred in order to appear in a whole host these blockbusters, which is a view I’ve heard expressed frequently.

      I don’t know though, I think that the appeal of the Bourne-type character as opposed to any other American secret agent is the relatively understated nature of the portrayal. I suspect that’s why it’s the most successful American spy movie, because it doesn’t awkwardly try for the irony that defined the Bond films, but plays everything straight.

  3. I think the Bourne series’ success is down to it not trying to be Bond. Damon had that quiet volatility which was mesmerizing, the performances I’ve seen of Renner are a bit glib, his facial expression ranges from bored to bemused. Just my impression from the 2 1\2 min trailer too. Film could be fantastic.

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