New ‘Bourne Legacy’ Clips Are Heavy on the Action

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The last year has been pivotal for Jeremy Renner’s career. In December, the star joined Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a franchise he may eventually inherit. Then, in May, Renner fought as Hawkeye in The Avengers. Now, in just a matter of weeks, Renner will play his third high-profile secret agent as the heir apparent to Matt Damon’s Bourne franchise, and if the latest clips for The Bourne Legacy are any indication, Damon has left the series in good hands.

In the first clip (above), courtesy of IGN, Aaron Cross (Renner) tangles with a couple of cops as they corner leading lady Rachel Weisz in an alleyway. Meanwhile, the second clip – via Yahoo – features Renner and Weisz in the midst of a high-octane chase through the streets of Manila.

Check out the second clip below:

Given Renner’s knack for globe-trotting action adventure (as evidenced by his last two films), it’s little surprise that he fits into the Bourne universe with ease. Director Tony Gilroy has mentioned that Bourne Legacy would feature higher stakes than the previous films, as well as a change in the series’ signature “shaky cam” aesthetic. These clips certainly seem to indicate the latter without sacrificing the intensity and visceral nature of the onscreen action.

Still, despite Renner’s action hero prowess and the film’s sharp style, it remains to be seen whether fans of the series will support the new direction. As it stands, talk about a fifth film is already underway, with both Gilroy and Damon saying they’re open to the idea of Damon and Renner sharing the screen in future installments. Of course, that depends on how well The Bourne Legacy performs at the box office (and how it connects to the trilogy that preceded it).

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Are you looking forward to The Bourne Legacy, or have you tired of seeing Renner portray a super-spy? Let us know in the comments.

The Bourne Legacy – which also stars Oscar nominees Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney and David Strathairn – hits theaters on August 10th, 2012.


Source: IGN, Yahoo

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  1. I don’t mind Jeremy taking over in this movie but as a Bourne fan from beginning bring Matt back for some closure on Jason Bourne, something Matt and Jeremy work together to fight off the CIA

  2. one decently filmed action scene isn’t enough to convince me, let’s just hope that the camera and editing are steady and tame throughout the movie. the action itself is fine b/c most trained authority figures (including agents) are trained to take out a target with minimum contact – fast and to the point so there is nothing wrong with people doing down in 2-3 hits.

    this will have to compensate for gijoe being pushed back and will quench my thirst for action until expendables 2 comes out (2 weeks after this).

  3. looks good can’t wait to see this

  4. i really like both renner and rachel weisz, i think this will be good

  5. the action in the clips i’v seen so far have looked pretty great, this has defintly peaked my interest

  6. renner is definitly a badass, i’ll be seeing this for him

  7. l think he’s really failing at avoiding being type-cast. l mean l love the guy but l’m not sure l wanna keep watching the same character over and over

  8. this actually looks real good, i’m in

  9. Meh some action scene look CG enhanced. I liked borne for its viceral and practical effects. The whole super-soldier angle is weird. Hes like captain america basically. Kinda funny he would be eay more powerful in this than his actual superheroe role as hawkeye.

    • no, they were not CG enhanced. That’s all real, the actors performed the stunts themselves too.
      In an interview, the director said Cross is not superpowered. He was enhanced in some way, but I don’t remember. I’ll try to find the article.

  10. I’m wondering when Renner will feel secure enough in his career to stop sponging off other actors. Put ur big boy pants on, Aaron Crass.

  11. Renner is a good, solid actor who is OFFERED roles. He, imo, isn’t “sponging” off other actors. His best work is in films that require acting, not action or effects. I don’t get the resentment over Renner being offered this role, as Damon is not out as Jason Bourne, he is just simply not in this movie.

  12. Are you kidding me? It’s Jeremy and he does most of his own stunts. He is very refreshing. I can’t wait to see it. matt damon was a wimp. Jeremy Jeremy. ☺