The Bourne Legacy

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆

Jeremy Renner reboots the Matt Damon franchise as Aaron Cross, another highly trained government killer. The film pits Cross against his would-be assailants and sends him running alongside fellow target Marta (Rachel Weisz). Some old faces make cameos. But largely, the film misses the craft of previous director Paul Greengrass. It’s not sharp, too tangled narratively, and while it picks up at the end, it’s hard to get excited about and doesn’t touch its predecessors.

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