TV & FILM
bill-swift - August 10, 2012
The Bourne Legacy is set to hit screens tomorrow across the world and it remains to be seen whether Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross will be a worthwhile replacement for Matt Damon's Jason Bourne.
Since starring in The Hurt Locker, Renner has become a Hollywood darling which has seen him be part of blockbuster fare like The Avengers and Mission : Impossible - Ghost Protocol. But this is different. This time he'll be leading his own franchise with producers heaping all of the pressure of its success on his shoulders.
It remains up in the air whether The Bourne Legacy will be popular. It's been 5 years since The Bourne Ultimatum and the cinematic landscape has changed dramatically in its absence and with most of the key members of the cast and crew of the series moving on, this new instalment has a lot to prove!
So here are 3 reasons why it'll suck, and 3 why it'll rule!
Bourne wasn't interesting - The likes of IronMan, Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne are filled with a steely determination and level of brutal strength that could take down an army. But they also know how to tell a good joke too and bring a little lightness to proceedings. Jason Bourne is stuck up amnesiac with an attitude problem. Let's hope that Aaron Cross knows how to crack a few funnies.
Jeremy Renner is going to be huge - Having progressed to the mainstream with his latest efforts, Renner is becoming one of Hollywoods go to leading men. The Bourne Legacy could be the film to propel him even further up this ladder and that turns him into a megastar!
Loss of talent - The likes of Paul Greengrass, Doug Liman and Matt Damon helped to shape the franchise and turn it into one of the most successful trilogies of the new millenium. Replacing their efforts and then forging your own cinematic personality is a tough task, but one that Tony Gilroy will need to accomplish if he is to make The Bourne Legacy unique.
Joan Allen, Albert Finney and David Strathairn remain - This trio of thespians are quality actors and their presence would bring credibility to any movie. Hopefully their characters will be used as a foundation to the movie that will then explore them further.
Bourne's time is done - Yes the effect of Bourne was able to change even the way James Bond was made but his rough brand of gritty action has since gone the way of the dodo. Superheros now dominate the multiplexes and there has been very little buzz and anticipation for its return with so many other sequels and reboots occurring this summer.
New cast and director - Tony Gilroy knows the Bourne franchise better than anyone, having written each movie in the series and he has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his efforts too. And with the likes of Rachel Weisz and Ed Norton joining up with Renner maybe Legacy could surprise us all?
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