I guess it's lucky that I had just watched Bourne Ultimatum
the night before I watched Bourne Legacy
because if I hadn't, the first half of this spinoff flick would have made almost no sense. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three films, took over as director on Legacy
— and it shows. The film is slavishly bound to even the most minor plot points of Ultimatum
, and in fact takes place largely at the same time. What that means, unfortunately, is that Gilroy spends so much time trying to shoehorn brand-new character Aaron (Jeremy Renner) into the Bourne universe that the movie teeters on the brink of incoherence. Though there are some cool new elements in this story, like genetically-altered superagents, the exciting fight scenes are weighed down by all the Bourne plot baggage this movie is carrying around.