Culture > Movies
Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures/AP

Bourne for action

Movies | Fourth installment of popular series introduces a new super agent

Issue: "Syria's pain," Sept. 8, 2012

The Bourne Legacy (PG-13 for language and violence), fourth installment in the popular Bourne espionage series, introduces audiences to a new super agent: Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an all-American outdoorsman who leaps cliffs, wrestles wolves, and is a mean motorcycle rider.

Renner plays the super-spy role with wry wit and a quick smile, making Cross a more relatable and believable character than Matt Damon's dementia-stricken assassin. Genetic doping has given Cross unusual strength and mental prowess: He saves the life of myopic virologist Dr. Marta Sheering (Rachel Weisz), then challenges her thinking, and convinces her to embark on an international quest for freedom.

Well-paced action, flying bullets, and speeding motorcycles leave a little room for flashes of tenderness between the two protagonists, which hint at the possibility of future romance while leaving the on-screen interaction surprisingly pure.

We see you’ve been enjoying the content on our exclusive member website. Ready to get unlimited access to all of WORLD’s member content?
Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
(Don’t worry. It only takes a sec—and you don’t have to give us payment information right now.)

Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
Stephanie Perrault
Stephanie Perrault


You must be a WORLD member to post comments.

    Keep Reading


    Quake alerts

    Researchers say groups of smartphones may be able to…


    Deathly fears

    How to face the overwhelming but inevitable end of…


    No concessions

    We must strongly support the rights of those who…