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Can New Bourne Film Compete? What PEOPLE's Critic Thinks

The Bourne Legacy Review: Two Stars

Originally posted 08/10/2012 03:30PM

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The opening scene is tantalizingly familiar: A man floats, unmoving, in crystalline waters. It isn't Jason Bourne who springs from a frigid Alaskan river, though, but Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), otherwise known as the also-ran.

While Bourne was an elite soldier stripped of memory, trying to cleanse his soul (and our government), Cross is a bio-engineered action figure looking to get his next fix of super drugs. Not quite the same stakes, eh? 

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