Bourne is back. Kind of. Well, actually just in title only. While “The Bourne Legacy” may bear the moniker of the character Matt Damon turned into a blockbuster phenomenon across three films, next month Jeremy Renner takes over as man-on-the-run Aaron Cross, with Tony Gilroy — longtime writer of the series — stepping into the director’s chair. And it’s all shaping up quite well.
With one clip dropping yesterday, a new one has landed today, offering another snapshot from a chase sequence. This time instead of the roof, Aaron and Marta (Rachel Weisz) take a ride through the streets, steps and handrails of Manila, avoiding baddies and the local cops on their tail. After Paul Greengrass‘ kinetic handheld style, there is almost a classic feel to Gilroy’s non-shaky cam approach and it’s at least one that lets certain shots (the bad guy’s bike jumping into the shot near the end of the clip) sing a little better and clearer. Either way, the action so far looks like it’s under an assured hand and we can’t wait to see the whole thing.
Co-starring Edward Norton and Oscar Isaac, along with a handful of returning faces including Joan Allen and Albert Finney, “The Bourne Legacy” revs up on August 10th.