There are plenty of references to Jason Bourne. We see him in photos . He’s blamed for the scenario our new hero confronts but seriously, without Matt Damon, this is no “Bourne” flick. It’s a a new spy franchise for Jeremey Renner and Rachel Weisz.
Jerermy Renner is Aaron Cross, part of a medically-created cadre of super-spies. When we’re first introduced to him, he outdoes Bear Grylls in survivor skills . And he has a charming curiosity , which he quickly looses once he finds himself in a life and death. Rachel Weisz is a scientist who helped create and maintain our super-spies. Cross miraculously shows up to save her when she realizes she’s in the same life or death. She’s actually at the center of a love triangle but the love angle is fleeting since there’s barely any back story for any of our characters. Thus- we have no real emotional connection .
There’s plenty of tension – the kind that can put your stomach in a knot but there’s more tension than action. The climactic , and obligatory, chase scene goes on way too long. In fact, the movie is about 25 minutes too long.
There’s no 3-d, thankfully. The scenery is stunning, especially in the opening scenes. Jeremy Renner and Weisz are great together but the ending is ridiculous, considering the circumstances. It does leave the door wide open for another born-again “Bourne”. Honestly, unless Matt Damon comes back, they gotta dump the “Bourne” thing. They can get just as creative with the name Cross. Double Cross. Iron cross. Cross-fire. Cross-over. Holy cross. Cross-fit. Cross-train. Just sayin’!!