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the bourne legacy (dir. tony gilroy)

Synopsis: A new super-spy agent named Aaron Cross  gets caught up in a deadly situation that has been triggered by the events of the first three  Bourne films.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney

Release Date: August 10th

Background Info: The Story

In this next edition to the Bourne series, the story will be  loosely based on Eric Van Lustbader’s novel titled The Bourne Legacy, which appears much later in the Bourne series. The events that occur will run parallel to the events that take place in The Bourne Ultimatum. Instead of having Jason Bourne as our super-spy protagonist, we are introduced to a  new agent who goes by the name of Aaron Cross.   Whereas Bourne was part of the CIA’s Treadstone project, Cross is one of the six agents who is involved with another project codenamed Outcome. Within this program,  the Department of Defence has trained agents to be suitable for high-risk  assignments. As a result of Jason Bourne’s identity being revealed to the public (..the link to Ultimatum)  the DOD and Col. Eric Byers (..played by Edward Norton) take  preliminary action by destroying the Outcome program and anyone involved in it. Cross and a medical researcher (..played by Rachel Weisz) abandon the program, leaving  Byers to go on a global manhunt for the rogue agent.

What Makes This Film Intriguing

The overarching theme behind the film will explore the idea of government conspiracies and not being fully informed of what is going on around us.  This would  ultimately lead to characters like Cross being pawns who are controlled by the government. At first, many might think this is repetitive material (…in terms of the previous Bourne entries). However, what I think will make this intriguing and worth seeing is the idea that there is an expansion to the Bourne universe outside of Jason Bourne’s story. Theres also the consequences that occur from Bourne’s actions and that’s what we’ll be seeing in this film. As the story unravels, it’ll expand on the Bourne series and the audience will be able to connect the events that have occured in The Bourne Ultimatum. Maybe it’ll even provide the oppurtunity for  Jason Bourne to reappear somewhere down the road.. (Not in this film, but in future entries…)

New Characters in the Bourne Series

With a new expansion comes a new set of characters.  The actor’s they’ve rounded up seem like they’ll be enjoyable to watch in their respected roles. In recent years, Jeremy Renner has held down his own as an amazing actor who shows  great screen presence in terms of being a dramatic actor and an action-star.  People shouldn’t see him as a “Matt Damon replacement” but as more of a new edition to the series. His performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town were nothing short of spectacular so I’m almost certain he’ll be as enjoyable to watch as a super-spy. A plus factor is that Renner’s physically fit for the role, performing his own stunt work and going through extensive training in order to get into character.  The primary antagonist in the film is a characater named Eric Byer (..played by Edward Norton). He has been described as a CIA architect who’s plans  go beyond the usual intentions of an antagonist. As I stated in my blog for Moonrise Kingdom, Norton hasn’t been in too many films recently. He’s always showed a lot of versatility as an actor so molding him as the antagonist should be no problem. Not only that, but I’m looking forward to seeing Norton and Renner go toe-to-toe. Lastly, Rachel Weisz plays Stephanie Snyder, a doctor who helped create the Outcome agents. Like Cross, she is also wanted by the government. She’ll also serve as Cross’  love interest.

Overall, I think die-hard Bourne fans will like this a lot. I’m hoping this is the start of a semi-continuation of the Bourne series (…whatever you want to call it). I must say, it would be awesome to see Damon and Renner together in a Bourne film. Maybe there will be an open-ended ending which suggests so…


Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)

Synopsis: Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As a result, various authorities in the town try to hunt them down.

Release Date: May 25th (US)

Wes Anderson is back with his 7th feature film and once again, he’s put together a lowkey, indie film which has an ensemble cast of eccentric characters.

The Work of  a True Auteur: Wes Anderson has made a reputation for himself as a film auteur. By auteur, I mean that he carries the same themes and style throughout each of his films. That means that Moonrise Kingdom won’t fall short of having typical Anderson-ish dry humor, flawed characters, colourful sceneries, british classic rock soundtrack and of course….Bill Murray.

An Interesting Concept: The two main characters in this film are children and this is a first for Anderson. So we might catch an interesting perspective on a youthful adventure, as seen through Anderson’s quirky narrative – I.e, the shot in the trailer where the young protagonists are seen next to a smoking motorcyle that has been caught in a tree (Hmmmm?)

It looks like this film will be exploring the idea of the unknown. In the beginning, we see ordered institutions – the camp, the nuclear family household and the Christian church. The runaway lovers will be going against this ordered system by venturing off into the wilderness and exploring the unknown. This is good because it’ll disrupt the level of normality in the small town as the community goes haywire over the disappearance of the two young children. Of course, that means we’ll see some humorous interactions/conflicts between the town folks.

The Actors and their Character Portrayals: Anderson loves to cast the same actors in his movies (Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, etc…), but what I love more than this is the new actors that appear in Anderson’s films.

Let’s break it down…

  • Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp (The Sherriff)- Amazing choice. Willis has proven he can do comedies in the past and he’s always got a little bit of wit to him (I.e, John McClane in the Die Hard series). He’ll probably be portraying your typical, burn out old man.
  • Frances McDormad as Laura (the mother)- McDormad will be playing the megaphone wielding mother who appears to be in overdrive. Out of all the female actresses, McDormad appears to be the best fit for this character. In the past, she’s proven she can portray strange, but humorous characters- I.e, Fargo, Burn After Reading etc…
  • Edward Norton as Scout Master Ward – Norton shows great versatility as an actor, so moulding himself into an Anderson character won’t be a problem for him. We haven’t seen much of him lately.. and in fact, I don’t remember a memorable role he has done in the last few years (The Hulk…? ..hmm..nahhh). Hopefully he’ll have some memorable moments in this film.
  • …AND..Harvey Keitel has a role in the film. This will probably be a small role or cameo but nonetheless, who doesn’t enjoy a good Harvey Keitel cameo? I.e, his role as “the Wolf” in Pulp Fiction

Extra: Moonrise Kingdom will be headlining at the Cannes Film Festival this year on May 16th, so let’s hope it’s a hit!

Heres some pictures of the cast..