The tagline "There was never just one" isn't quite as jolting as it's supposed to be, since the three prior films had at least a handful of Treadstone/Blackbriar/Cobra assassins. But the teaser does seem to be promising yet another shocking reveal of yet another duplicitous CIA-backed hit squad, although such an idea is downright passe in an age when President (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Barack Obama just uses drones to kill everyone. Putting aside the cynical desperation at play at Universal's desire to keep this franchise alive (as opposed to merely adapting one of the other 23 Robert Ludlam novels), the film looks like a crisp and competent piece of genre filmmaking. Director Tony Gilroy has two genuine directorial winners under his belt (Duplicity and Michael Clayton) and wrote all three prior Bourne films, as well as a handful of other genre pictures that I kinda love (State of Play, The Devil's Advocate, Extreme Measures). The film looks to be edited in a cleaner, more coherent fashion more akin to Doug Liman's original as opposed to Paul Greengrass's 'put the film into a blender and randomly assemble the pieces'editing style. The cast, which includes flavor of the month Jeremy Renner as 'not Jason Bourne', is filled out by a host of terrific actors (Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac , Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Corey Stoll, and Stacy Keach).
Point being, I'd almost certainly be more excited for this one if it was an original or at least new franchise rather than an attempt to keep an old series alive past the point of expiration. I can only hope that I can get past my own cynicism and enjoy the action when The Bourne Legacy drops on August 3rd.