Can Jeremy Renner replace Matt Damon? Well, yes. Damon’s Bourne was a strong screen presence. He anchored three excellent action films. But he was unquaveringly intense. Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross is more human. He smiles. He makes small talk.
There are references to Jason Bourne is the movie’s script, but the focus here is Cross and his efforts to stay alive. Turns out the US government agency that runs the Treadstone program—which genetically modifies its agents, including Bourne and Cross—is trying to eliminate Cross.
When he dodges a bullet in Alaska—actually, it’s a guided missile he dodges—he goes back east to find the lab scientist who worked on his genetic modifications. She’s played by Rachel Weisz. Turns out she’s also on the Treadstone hit list. Together, they run a gauntlet all they way to Manila, where the movie climaxes with a long, but exciting, chase scene—mostly on motorbikes.
“Legacy” is not nearly as intense as the three previous movies, but maintains a decent pace and has a sufficient amount of explosions, gunplay and general violence to get the adrenaline flowing. Each of the three Damon/Bourne movies had its own distinct style. “Legacy” is not so stylish, but does have more than enough to satisfy.