The so-called “quick shot” impressions return! This week I’ll be sharing my overall thoughts on: Jeremy Renner’s trip to Manila, Len Wiseman’s Total Recall, and a comedy formerly known as Neighborhood Watch.
The Bourne Legacy
A huge-huge disappointment. “Can we just get to the Manila part?” was the phrase that’s been playing on-and-off in my head throughout the entire chatty film. And once the film did — boy, talk about just an “OK” chase sequence. It could’ve been a lot more exciting if they went from, say, Pasay Rotonda to actually inside the LRT (insert some pretty sick choreography right here), and continue the motorcycle chase somewhere in UN station. Though that’s just me being a nitpicker. Again: a very disappointing film.
Mediocre at best, this remake — I’m assuming it is a remake and not a reboot, unless some good soul out there can explain to me the major differences — feels, I dunno, formulaic and safe for the most part. It borrows some (if not a lot) of the lines and key stuff from the superior Verhoeven original; to the point that the movie doesn’t form its own identity. Sure, we all know that it’s entirely set on Earth (sorry Mars fans), but the new material they have here was, surprisingly, interesting. Maybe if Wiseman played around more with these new concepts, and also if it had an R rating (similar to the original) then it could’ve been something else? Because the fights scenes are bland and bloodless — I actually got bored and they were supposed to grab my attention. At least the visuals were nice and Kate Beckinsale was gorgeously hot, but that’s about it.
I really really wanted to love this one. I mean: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade in one movie, with a script tweaked by the dynamic duo that is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) — guys, what could possibly go wrong, you know?! Never mind. Forget it. Such a waste of good talent and, ultimately, a pretty shitty film. Sayang.