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August 12th, 2012
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[film] The Bourne Legacy
Saw the fourth in the franchise. Stretches science past current known limits about as much as it stretches the rest of reality, so yes, less realistic than the previous three. Good performance by Jeremy Renner, and Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton both do well. Nice parkour. Lots of sub-second flash cuts and shakicam in fight scenes so if that's not good for you, there's a lot of it here. Really didn't need the intrusive-feeling music outdo from the closing scene and over the closing credits, felt out of place.

Comparisons and references to other movies are spoilers, so they're inside the cut.

* starts in the snow and isolated (Hanna),
* stares down and hand-to-hand fights wolves (The Grey)
* superkiller even-more-secret program assassin flies in from elsewhere and has no lines (The Replacement Killers)
* superkiller even-more-secret program assassin in relentless pursuit uses police vehicles repeatedly (Terminator 2)
* Jeremy Renner's character is subnormal intelligence and desperately wants to not lose his super-science viral intelligence enhancements (Flowers for Algernon)


Dredd - Judge Dredd has to ascend the inside of a tower with bad guys and atrium-esque stairwells. Seriously, it's The Raid: Redemption with a big budget and SF trappings.

Oz the Great and Powerful - Sam Raimi's prequel to the Oz stories. March 2013.

Flight - Denzel Washington as an airline captain who manages to save most of a flight during a miraculous crash-landing. Then blamed for the crash. Looks like an onion peel "everything you know is wrong" multiple reveals. Nov 2.

Trouble with the Curve - Clint Eastwood as an aging baseball talent scout and his estranged daughter. September.

Zero Dark Thirty - Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. I'm already there. December.

This Is 40 - Couple with kids have a midlife crisis at the same time.

Les Miserables - The movie of the musical. December.

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Date:August 12th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
Jeremy Renner's character is subnormal intelligence and desperately wants to not lose his super-science viral intelligence enhancements.

Now that actually sounds interesting, though I assume it gets resolved in the interest of keeping the franchise going.
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Date:August 12th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
SPOILER (just in case someone else sees this and cares about them, a caution)

Renner's character states his IQ was 12 points below the minimum necessary to enlist in the Army before beginning the program's enhancements. He's shown cajoling and hustling extra pills (specifically for the mental enhancements) out of another program operative early on, hiding his current stash of doses and claiming he lost them. Part of that is explainable by his character at that point not being certain of his status (he thinks he might be in trouble with the program's leaders) and wanting a stockpile.

However, while he states (later, on the run) that if he starts to degrade he's not going to be able to survive the hunt for him (an immediate motivation for the pills), there's another element that he desperately wants to not go back to his former condition. This feels very Flowers For Algernon, not the more recent Limitless.
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