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Bourne Legacy vs. Total Recall (no spoilers)

I’ve been looking forward to the Bourne Legacy for months. I love Jeremy Renner, I love action flicks, and I love the Bourne concept! Super-soldiers looking for answers against a giant conspiracy, what’s not to love? Imagine my surprise, then, to find the movie itself… lacking. Oh, it had tons of action and plenty of Jeremy, I did love the fight choreography, but there was just too much going on for it all to come together.

Without going into major details, it had all of the elements of the Bourne film with almost none of the intensity. The only time I was really into it, were the fight scenes. The conspiracy was too far removed, too dispassionate. And while the chemistry between Rachel Wiess and Jeremy Renner was really good, they had surprisingly little romantic interaction.

And then there’s the ending. It just… ends. The other films left me rooting for Jason and hoping he escaped the Big Bad Conspiracy, that the little guy would win in the end. This one, as much as I wanted to love it, lacked that connection. I think I have to blame the director for this, because the story threads were all there and the acting was certainly wonderful all around. It just needed something more to get it there in the end and that job should have been the director’s.

Still and all, I wouldn’t say it’s a must-miss or a must-see. If you’re looking to waste a couple of hours, then it’s a good movie to see, but waiting for dvd on this one is fine, too.

Now for Total Recall! Talk about your surprises! lol! First of all, Colin Farrell never ages, has anyone else noticed this? /random. This movie was a non-stop action fest with plot! What a great turn of events! Maybe it helped that the only expectation I had of this, was that it couldn’t be any worse than the original with Schwarzenegger.

I won’t give away too much, but there’s no Mars in this film and there’s a political slant to the plot. This lends itself well to an almost post-apocalyptic backdrop. The environment’s been destroyed and those left to deal with it are the Haves and the Have-Nothings. The acting was spot-on, the action was great, the fight scenes choreographed to within an inch of perfection, and the fx were just awesome – not too showy or over-the-top.

It’s not going to win any awards, but it’s definitely a fun ride and I’d happily recommend it for viewing in the theater.

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.

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