Movies of the week
I can still clearly remember the ‘directed to precision’ climax of The Bourne Ultimatum, where Jason Bourne (Matt Demon) has the last laugh, as we watch on with dilated eyeballs, overcome by the force of the moment. We hadn’t even got over the magic of that scene, when Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass hinted out about a fourth film?
New hopes sneaked into our minds! If you can again remember, there was more to the hopes: they flashed mingled with doubts. With so much already told, could they (Damon and Greengrass) afford to take the risk to tell more?
As they say, ‘future is always unknown’, both Greengrass and Damon stepped off the board, and Tony Gilroy had to direct another lead character on the lines of Bourne and there we had the latest production, ‘The Bourne Legacy.’
The movie opens with Jason Bourne playing hide and seek (hypothetically). He’s is everywhere and yet nowhere. The hurried-up CIA makes the hush-hush decision to do away with its all black ops plans. And yes, they very well know that Jason has already dismantled Operation Blackbriar. Next follows another program, The Operation Outcome, and then, a series of murders. The lone survivor, Aaron Cross buckles up to discover the whereabouts of ops scientist, Dr. Marta Shearing, who can lead him to his burning objectives.
Tony Gilroy shines again with his special writing talent, but his direction is left wanting for more. His raw handling of the action genre becomes an invitation ground for loose ends, and the outcome is a question that remains answered- why all that is happening, is actually happening? The movie might have its flaws; it would still win many admirers for the dialogues. The director has done full justice to this compartment.
Had he dealt with action sequences likewise, we would have had an apt successor of the cult movie series.
Disappointedly, that has not been the case!