Watch: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Review Round-Up [Video]
No consensus yet on Rotten Tomatoes, but so far the film has mixed reviews, with a certified-barely-fresh rating of 61%. That’s a far cry from ‘Identity,’ ‘Supremacy,’ and ‘Ultimatum,’ which all scored in the 80s and 90s.
So what’s the rub? Well, Roger Ebert called the plot a “murky muddle” and admitted that “for at least the first 30 minutes I had no clear idea of why anything was happening.” Glenn Kenny of MSN Movies blames the director, saying “Gilroy’s idea of fun is to throw the viewer into the middle of his story’s bizarre, unusual circumstances and let them wallow in the simultaneous exhilaration and frustration of not having a handle on things.”
On the flip side, Kenny and others praise the performances, action, and suspense, including a thrilling motorcycle chase at the movie’s conclusion. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips sums it all up when he re-dubs the movie “The Pointless, Confused and Then, For the Last Half-Hour, Exciting Bourne Sequel, After a Fashion.” Very catchy, but I don’t know if it’ll fit on a DVD cover.