Kurt Loder on The Bourne Legacy


The Bourne Legacy is a predictable letdown, writes Kurt Loder. Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bournes (Doug Liman directed the first one), has a gift for exciting, high-style action that defies replication. New director Tony Gilroy—the lead writer on all three previous installments—isn't noted as an action man (his two other pictures are Michael Clayton and Duplicity), and he may have known going in that there was no way to completely fill the huge boots left empty by Greengrass' departure. So Gilroy has made his own kind of picture. It's not a bad movie; it's just not a great Bourne movie.