Psycho Titles + Blockbuster Spies = First Bourne Legacy Trailer

There are no new ideas in Hollywood, hence a Bourne franchise reboot whose first trailer -- just released via Apple -- borrows somewhat heavily from the opening titles of Psycho. (At least they're both Universal films, right? Score one for synergy!) But that's immaterial here after a certain point, probably around the time when Stacy Keach is all WHO IS HE? or when a house blows up or simply when Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross is revealed in all his rifle-toting, tree-hopping glory. Who can resist?

Anyway, the whole gang's here: Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney from the original series; Keach, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton from the new generation... everyone but Matt Damon, I guess. Oh, and who's missing the nauseating promise of more shaky-cam stylings from director Paul Greengrass, replaced here by Bourne screenwriting vet Tony Gilroy? Good, me neither.


[via Apple]

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  • Baco Noir says:

    With all due respect, the trailer for this looks terrific, but to slag Paul Greengrass is just childish. His two Bourne movies are the only 'shaky cam' movies I've ever liked. Why? Because never once in the two films did I fail to follow what was going on. Again why? Because Greengrass's background as a documentarian taught him how to use a handheld camera without a steadicam.

    • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

      His filmmaking style is loaded with affectations and makes me physically ill. I'm entitled to believe Gilroy will be an improvement. You're entitled to disagree. There's nothing childish about either.

      • AS says:

        I'm with Baco on this. I love Greengrass's shaky cam style. It really throws you into the action and makes it more immediate. I realize some find it distracting and nauseating but I think it's what makes the fight scenes in Supremacy/Ultimatum/Green Zone so damn engaging.

    • rainestorm says:

      I walked out of The Bourne Supremacy after 20 minutes. That's how incompetently shot it was.

  • j'accuse! says:

    I fell in love w/ the first bwammmm!!! towards the end there.

  • Baco Noir says:

    Just a quick follow up. When my wife and I saw Supremacy in the theatre, I asked her how she liked it, to which she responded terrific. I asked her wasn't she irritated by the shaky cam? Something, as with you S.T., she hates. She said, "what shaky cam?" Ergo, a filmmaker who knows how to use the technique without making people want to vomit (or, in the case of my wife, even notice it).

    • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

      Different strokes, etc. I'm not the first one who's leveled this complaint at him, and I won't be the last. I'm glad it works for others.

  • bpvalentine says:

    I’m not fan of Greengrass myself. Totally overrated. In fact people seem to love him less for movies and more for entry level political debate. Or whatever you would call it. And BacoNoir shows the same kind of condescending tone as people who like to think they are political instead of just a flat out asshole.

  • Bennet_Marky says:

    I also saw the trailer and compared to the last two parts, it was different. Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum was a movie of its league. But the new one looks more interesting. I feel that Bourne Legacy is going to be a blockbuster as it has a new story and director but the sad part is missing Matt.