Jeremy Renner takes over for Matt Damon in ‘Bourne Legacy’
Still, he does offer several thrilling chases, including the final one, with an even more enhanced super solider acting like an indestructible terminator as he pursues Cross and Shearing in Bangkok.
Renner appears to be making the jump from acclaimed actor in small indie movies to action hero superstar via his supporting roles in The Town, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and as part of the massive summer hit The Avengers. It’s working.
Weisz manages to overcome the sympathy-sapping handicap of being one of the scientists cooking up the meds to turn men into killing machines. Forced to confront the killers she helped create, we root for her mad scientist now that she is showing a change of heart.
Since The Bourne Legacy’s non-ending leaves the franchise in need of a real finale, it would be great if Damon signs back up and joins Renner for one last Bourne experience.
The Bourne Legacy *** (out of four)
Co-written & directed by Tony Gilroy; rated PG-13
Director Len Wiseman, best known for the Underworld series, seems determined to make his version of Total Recall as different as possible from the original.
When an R-rated comedy full of scatological references falls down completely, those sexually suggestive attempts at humor seem particularly painful and ugly.
Steven Soderbergh directing a film about male strippers? What’s up with that? With the release of Magic Mike, based loosely on star Channing Tatum’s early career as a 19-year-old male exotic dancer in Florida, we now have the answer.
In the end, thanks to a couple of spectacular plot twists, and several crowd-pleasing nods to his previous Batman films, Nolan delivered a finale that not only finished his participation with a elegant farewell, he also generously set up the story for the next filmmaker who takes over.
Here is my first impression of The Amazing Spider-Man. It has a terrific cast, headed by Andrew Garfield as Spidy and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, that really captures the angst of being a shy high school loner and the joy of embracing newfound abilities.
In combination with everything you want in a chase -- death defying detours, you-are-there camera angles and just the right amount of humor -- 'Premium Rush' takes the standard components of a by-the-book action flick and throws that book out the window.
As the summer movie season winds down, the focus switches to the fall and the beginning of the cinematic frenzy known as the Oscar race. The traditional start of the search for Oscar worthy filmmaking begins at the Toronto International Film Festival, which I will be attending for the 25th time.