Weekend Picks: ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ ‘Hope Springs’ & ‘The Campaign’
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This weekend's box office battle is shaping up to be a doozie, with three new wide releases and a stingy incumbent in no hurry to give up the title.
If any film has a chance of dethroning "The Dark Knight Rises," it's probably "The Bourne Legacy," considering the last three Bourne films have earned over half a billion big ones. But with Jeremy Renner replacing Matt Damon as lead tough guy, it's by no means a lock.
"The Campaign," featuring frontrunners Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, has a chance to stuff the ballot-box, especially with the recent appeal of R-rated comedies -- one of which, "Ted," beat down Batman last weekend to take the UK box office crown.
And even though it's opening in fewer theaters, "Hope Springs" might even be a dark horse candidate to dethrone the Dark Knight. Because after a long summer of cartoons and comic books, the adults might just be jonesing to get to the theater, especially if Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are there to greet them.
Regardless of the winner, you'll know just what you're in for with our Weekend Picks blog, your weekly movie preview! And for those of you lucky enough to be in the right zip code, we also include the films debuting in limited release. Happy viewing!
PG-13 for violence and intense action sequences.
What's the Story?
While plenty of diehards are clamoring that a Bourne flick without Damon isn't really a Bourne flick at all, it turns out, "There was never just one," as the trailer says. It's not Bourne, per se, but Renner playing Aaron Cross, a fellow super-soldier from Jason Bourne's elite black ops program who also becomes the target of his former employers. Cross must rely on his training, his cunning, and a gorgeous scientist (Rachel Weisz) to avoid execution and expose the bad guys.
Who Will Dig It?
If you're a fan of James Bond types, action, and espionage, "Legacy" should be every bit as exciting as the first three Bournes. Plus, the ever growing number of fans of the two-time Oscar nominated Renner should be plenty pleased.
Director Tony Gilroy wrote all three of the previous "Bourne" movies and directed 2007's underrated "Michael Clayton," starring George Clooney.