Here's the thing about these Bourne movies. We watched the first three and I guess I liked them okay because I kept watching them, but I couldn't tell you anything about the plots except in the vaguest terms: "Uh, this guy ran around a lot and people kept trying to kill him." Well, when we watched the fourth and newest one, THE BOURNE LEGACY, I remembered a little more about the first three. "Oh, yeah, there's a sinister government conspiracy trying to cover up a failed super-soldier program. And a guy runs around a lot while people keep trying to kill him."
That's right. Except for the fact that it's Jeremy Renner playing a new character named Aaron Cross instead of Matt Damon playing Jason Bourne, it's the SAME EXACT MOVIE.
Don't get me wrong. THE BOURNE LEGACY is well done and fairly entertaining, and I actually like Jeremy Renner as much or maybe even more than Matt Damon, but a better plot sure would have helped it. And the seemingly endless motorcycle chase through the streets of Manila that serves as the climax is at least four times too long. It just goes on and on and then sort of stops, like the movie itself.
Despite all that, if they make a fifth movie in the series, I'll probably watch it. Because by then I'll have forgotten almost everything about the first four.
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