The 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2012
The Bourne Legacy
Matt Damon’s Bourne trilogy is a collection of some of the best action movies to come out in the last 20 years so The Bourne Legacy had a lot to live up to – but the truth is that the movie had all of the right pieces. Jeremy Renner is a legitimate action star; Tony Gilroy, who wrote the three previous titles in the franchise, was back with the pen and also serving as the director, and the project managed to gather the best supporting cast the franchise has seen, with Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and Oscar Isaac, along with returning players like Scott Glenn, David Strathairn and Joan Allen. But despite all of those important pieces the movie was still mostly a letdown. Aaron Cross turned out to be a much less engaging hero than Jason Bourne, the action scenes never really had the thrill that Paul Greengrass provided in the last two entries, and the story is so dull that by the time it ends you’re left in your seat thinking, “Wait, is that it?” There’s potential to fix the new franchise problems in the sequel, but as it stands The Bourne Legacy is the weakest of the series.
The impulse to make a direct movie adaptation of Les Miserables is understandable, as the stage version is considered to be one of the greatest productions of all time, but the sad truth is that it’s devotion to the original material is what makes Tom Hooper’s big screen version of the musical a disappointment. Because of the way the film is edited and the way that the songs are assembled the final cut actually manages to feel like a 140 minute montage – but even certain elements of the story don’t work in a film version. The love-at-first-sight romance between Cosette and Marius is patently ridiculous and that ridiculousness is only emphasized by one of musical theaters’ greatest sins: having characters sing every little thing they’re thinking. From something that was based on such acclaimed material I expected more.
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