You all know how I feel about sequels … I’m not against them, but I am weary of them. I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth stressing again. Good sequels can be a great compliment to the original or even surpass the original, but a bad sequel will just show how badly the studios want to make a cheap buck and often it’s the later. So when I heard there was going to be another sequel in the Bourne Identity series (especially after the third film did a nice job of wrapping his story up), I groaned. When I found out that Matt Damon wasn’t going to be in it, I groaned even louder. Why, I thought, why are they recasting Jason Bourne? Well, they aren’t recasting Jason Bourne! Also, Hawkeye has a gun!
So, to explain: during the time of the last movie, the agency started to shut everything down and destroy all evidence of Treadstone’s work in anticipation of Bourne coming to take them down. One of the aspects they destroyed were the other agents, including Jeremy Renner’s character. So, while the last movie is happening in another part of the world, Jeremy Renner and his love interest Rachel Weisz (OK, maybe they’ll surprise me and have their relationship be platonic, but the trailer has them and sweaty on the bed, so I’m not holding my breathe) on the run. Interestingly enough, there is a book called The Bourne Legacy that is actually about Jason Bourne, but from what I can tell the movies already went far away from book continuity, so creating a side-story isn’t that big of a leap.
What really got me interested in seeing the trailer at all is that I remembered Jeremy Renner was going to play the agent. Yes, almost any movie that has one of the Avengers in it will at least get a chance with me fore a while … hence why I’m reviewing Snow White and the Huntsman this week. Plus, the guy has proven that he can do action and do it well. I just miss his retracting bow – loading or cocking a gun is just not as cool as this motion: