Bourne 4 (Aug 2012)


Directed by:
Paul Greengrass

Matt Damon

Release date:
Fri 10, Aug 2012

Budget   $125,000,000
Box office       $182,982,443

     The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy, screenwriter of the first three films. It is the fourth installment in the Bourne film series, which is based on Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series. The film was released on August 8, 2012, in the Philippines and Singapore; August 9, 2012, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Czech Republic; August 10, 2012, in the United States and India; and August 13, 2012, in the United Kingdom.
     The film uses the same title as The Bourne Legacy, a later Bourne novel written by Eric Van Lustbader, and like the previous two films in the franchise, has a completely different plot from the eponymous novels.


     Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is a member of Operation Outcome, a Department of Defense black ops program, which enhances the physical and mental abilities of field operatives through pills referred to as "chems". Cross is deployed to Alaska for a training assignment, where he must survive certain activities (such as diving into freezing water to locate an object) and traverse rugged terrain to arrive at a remote cabin. The cabin is operated by an exiled Outcome operative, Number Three (Oscar Isaac), who, upon arrival, informs Cross that he broke the previous mission record by two days.
     Meanwhile, Operation Blackbriar and the Treadstone Project have been publicly exposed (through the actions of Jason Bourne as seen in The Bourne Ultimatum), leading the FBI and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to investigate CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), Blackbriar supervisor Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), Treadstone clinical researcher Dr. Albert Hirsch (Albert Finney) and CIA Director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn). Kramer requests help from Eric Byer (Edward Norton), a retired Air Force colonel responsible for overseeing the CIA's clandestine operations.
     Byer discovers potentially damaging video on the Internet in which the lead researchers for Treadstone and Outcome appear together at professional functions in public. To prevent the Treadstone investigation from finding and revealing Outcome's top-secret scientific advances, Byer decides to "burn the program to the ground." He sees this sacrifice as acceptable because the government has already separately initiated next-generation "beta programs" like "Larx": "Treadstone without the inconsistency. Outcome without the emotions."
     Byer deploys a Predator drone, a remotely piloted aircraft, to destroy Number Three's cabin and kill both Outcome operatives. Cross hears the drone's approach and leaves the cabin moments before a missile destroys it with Number Three inside. The drone detects Cross's presence, but Cross destroys it with a sniper rifle. Realizing that his superiors have ordered his assassination, Cross removes a tracking device in his thigh and force feeds it to a member of a wolf pack hunting him. A second Predator drone soon vaporizes the wolf, and Byer assumes that Cross has been terminated.
     Byer engineers the death of other Outcome assets through poisoned yellow  chems. To erase the Treadstone-Outcome link, Treadstone researcher Dr. Hirsch dies of an apparent heart attack before he can testify. Byer also tries to eliminate Outcome's elite private research lab by chemically brainwashing scientist Dr. Donald Foite (Ċ½eljko Ivanek) into locking the doors, killing his colleagues, and then committing suicide when corporate security finally breaks in. The sole survivor is geneticist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz).
     Shearing is later attacked in her house by a "D-Track" team of undercover CIA assassins, but is rescued by Cross, who convinces her to help him. He saw press coverage about her survival and sees her as his last link to the chems. Shearing reveals that without his knowledge, Cross has already been genetically modified to retain the physical benefits conferred by the 'green chems' without continuous consumption, a process called "viraling off", but still requires regular consumption of the blue chems which improve intelligence. Cross and Shearing travel to Manila, where the chems are manufactured, to help him viral off of the blue pills.
     While en route, Cross confides in Shearing that he is really PFC Kenneth J. Kitsom, a U.S. Army soldier reportedly killed by a roadside bomb in the Iraq War. He admits that he had below-average intelligence that the chems enhanced, and fears the loss of his enhanced intellect. Meanwhile, Byer tracks Cross and Shearing to Manila and correctly guesses their plans. He orders Larx-03 (Louis Ozawa Changchien), a chemically-brainwashed supersoldier, to eliminate them.
     In Manila, Cross and Shearing bluff their way into the factory that produces the pills, locate the live virus "stems" from which the pills are made, and initiate the viral-off process. Byer contacts the factory's security staff, but Cross and  Shearing manage to escape. They take shelter in a flophouse, where Shearing helps Cross recover. During the night, he hallucinates about his initiation into Outcome under Byer's supervision.
     The following morning, the police surround the flophouse while Shearing is away buying medicine. She screams out a warning. Cross escapes, then returns the favor by rescuing Shearing from the police who have begun chasing her. They steal a motorcycle and are pursued by both the police and Larx-03. After a lengthy chase through the streets and marketplaces of Manila, the police lose them and Larx-03 fatally crashes into a warehouse pillar. Shearing and Cross slide off their damaged motorcycle, and are rescued by a Filipino boatman. They pay him a gold watch (which Cross stole earlier from the chem factory's supervisor), to take them aboard and depart to places unknown, content that they are together.



External links:

"Main Page." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Sept. 2012. Web. 13 Sept. 2012. <>. 



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