Parents' Guide to

The Bourne Legacy

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Non-stop action sequel holds its own against predecessors.

Movie PG-13 2012 135 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 15+

Filled with Excitement and Disappointment (TRIGGER WARNING)

I have to admit, 1,2,3 and 5 are great movies! But without Matt Damon or even the main characters, this movie is ultimately disappointing. It also has very triggering and distressing moments. There is a scene with an old man shooting and killing people inside a chem lab. It is very hard to watch! Two people also inject a woman with a needle while interrogating her. Be warned, this is nothing like the first three movies or even five. If you watch this series and finish three. Skip 4 and start with 5. All it takes is for someone sick and twisted to start mass shootings by thinking those horrible scenes are funny and/or entertaining.

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+
I believe to be the best out if the Jason Bourne movies, Jeremy Renner is an exceptional actor and more believable than Matt Damon to be an agent I love the constant action scenes, just fantastic!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (44):

This is an often-riveting movie that manages to stand alone -- and tall, too -- referencing what came before just enough to give die-hard fans a sense of homecoming. When news spread that Matt Damon, who bore the mantle of the first three compelling Bourne movies, wasn't going to be in this installment, many swore the franchise was dead. And although Damon's Bourne casts his specter over THE BOURNE LEGACY, it doesn't stifle the film. Renner's Cross is a different breed of super-agent, more brawn than Bourne, more soldier than leader, but not so much of a follower that he can't stand alone. He and Marta have gone rogue, forced into it by circumstance, and we're with him most of the way.

But that's not to say there aren't any quibbles: The Bourne Legacy takes its time to distance itself from the original protagonist, a necessary part of the process that nonetheless could have used some pruning. And though there are some flashbacks, the story unfolds in a sometimes maddeningly linear way. A chase gives way to another and then another, and though it certainly makes for a breakneck, exciting pace, thrill fatigue starts to set in. We want to get to know Cross like we did Bourne, and we don't. We won't spoil the ending, but after all that work and rush, it leaves a little something wanting. But don't worry, we're there for the next serving. If filmmakers can entice Bourne to join Cross next time, and there's certainly room for it, the result could be perfection.

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