By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
It’s never easy making a sequel, a storyline has to move forward and balance enough of what worked in the previous installment while delivering something new, but unfortunately, ‘Bourne Legacy’ does neither.
Directed and co-written by Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner as government super-agent Aaron Cross, ‘Legacy’ intertwines with events in 2007’s ‘Bourne Ultimatum,’ during which Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) finds closure and escapes his government tormentors.
Since the operations “Treadstone” and “Blackbriar” that spawned Bourne have been exposed, the Central Intelligence Agency is trying to cover its tracks by dispensing of other agents, including Cross. When they try to kill him, he goes on the run and action-movie stuff ensues.
Pulling the strings is Eric Byer played by Edward Norton, who we never really learn anything about, but is just like all the other baddies in the previous three films. He spouts platitudes about protecting America and the usual “spy” lingo.
Running with Cross is genetic scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) who is the film’s most unique character and its most interesting.