What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the blockbuster Bourne movie series, although this film splits from its namesake book to chronicle a new character entirely separate from Jason Bourne. (This is the first in the series not to star Matt Damon, though his character is mentioned several times.) This time, Jeremy Renner stars as a genetically modified agent who must flee for his life. Like the earlier Bourne movies, Legacy is a big-budget, fast-paced, smart action thriller with near non-stop action -- including explosions, motorcycle chases, and many, many fight scenes, some of which get quite brutal (necks snapped, faces smashed, etc.). There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and social drinking, but the constant action violence is the main issue here.
- Families can talk about the Bourne series. How does Legacy compare to the others? How does it change things to have a new star?
- Does this movie seem more or less violent than what you've seen in other films? What kind of fighting/violence has the most impact? Why?
- How do the covert agents justify their violent actions? Do the ends ever justify the means? Do you think real spies act like this?