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The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Directed by Tony Gilroy

Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton





Jason Bourne wasn’t the only one. There were many more and Aaron Cross is about to realise that the people he thought he could trust are now against him.

The film takes place right after the Bourne Ultimatum while the backlash from Jason Bourne is going through the courts. Aaron Cross is shown as another Bourne-esque agent training and showing the super solider skills that he has gained. The love interest, played by Rachel Weisz, is a doctor who had Aaron Cross as a patient which leads her to get caught up in the whole event of things.

I found the film enjoyable but really expected something a bit more action packed having been a fan of the first 3. Clocking in at just over 2 hours long the film actually goes quite quick but at the same time seems to be lacking that final slap around the face that I expected. Renner as Cross and Weisz as Marta provide excellent strong characters and could easily see this turning into another Bourne series of films. Norton is quite forgettable and pointless however I do usually like him in films.



Fans of the original Bourne films will like how this links in while at the same time probably think this just doesn’t feel like a Bourne film. Worth a cinema trip? Probably not. Worth a watch when it comes out on Bluray/DVD? Yes. Renner is excellent and Weisz is hot.

TheFriedGold rating – 3/5



Film Fact

With lots of links in the film to the original hero, Jason Bourne, could we see the two of them team up in a future Bourne film?




True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010)

Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld



True Grit is a remake of a 1969 John Wayne film with the same name. I don’t usually watch remakes before I have seen the original however not really being a fan of Westerns I gave this a go, mainly due to it being Coen brothers film. Most films they have directed and produced have bought something different yet at the same time have some of the same constants. The dark humour, the bold characters and the main focus on strong accents/ the way certain characters speak.

In True Grit there was an element of humour but not much. It was a more serious Coen brother’s film with the main focus being on the story. Jeff Bridges in the role of Rooster Cogburn had this strong and sometime unidentifiable accent which definitely goes with a typical Coen film. However the star of this film was Halee Steinfeld in the role of Mattie Ross. It was her story of wanting to avenge the murder of her father and hire someone to capture the killer so he can be put to justice, and that is exactly how it played out. She was the only character I cared about, the rest were just a bit weak.

I don’t think it helped that the film was very slow in places. Although it looked fantastic and had the typical Western setting there didn’t seem to be enough gun fights or bar fighting, the kind of things I would expect from a western. Maybe these types of films are just not for me but I wasn’t a fan. Any fans of westerns may like this but I’ll let you make that choice.


Film Fact

In order to get the most effective voice after biting his tongue, Matt Damon tied a hair tie around it to talk as if he had no tongue.



The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Directed by George Nolfi

Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt



Set in current times Matt Damon plays a politician running for senate. After things from his past effect his chances of getting into office he randomly meets a lady, played by Emily Blunt, in a bathroom and they instantly hit it off. However it is not as simple as that and they are kept apart by some strange forces that control the universe.

I don’t what to give too much away but what you get here is a classic love story of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl and goes on and on. But this has a Sci-fi element that makes the film cool and exciting.

I am a big fan of Terrance Stamp has a supporting role in this film. He would definitely be in the top three people I would want to narrate my life if I had a choice.

It might not be a fast paced film but it will keep you interested until the end. Fans of TV series Fringe would find this interesting and i would recommend this film to anyone who doesn’t mind a little bit of Sci-fi thrown in to this classic boy meets girl romance.


Film Fact

One of the production companies for this film is Electric Shepherd Productions, so named for the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick, who also wrote the short story, “The Adjustment Team” on which this film is based.