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The Bourne Legacy | 2012 | PG-13 | - 2.7.5

A genetically modified soldier (Jeremy Renner) finds himself evading the people who enhanced his abilities when the program is scrapped. With the help of one of the geneticists (Rachel Weisz), they do their best to survive. Also with Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Donna Murphy, Michael Chernus and Corey Stoll. Directed by Tony Gilroy. [2:15]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man holds a woman's hand tenderly. A man in an examining room says to a doctor, "Is that why you make such an attractive appearance?"
 A man sits shirtless in a medical exam room and we see his bare chest and back. We see a man motionless in the water wearing tight fitting swim pants (we see the outline of his bare chest and abdomen). A man climbs out of frigid water wearing tight-fitting swim pants and we see him bare-chested. A man is shown bare-chested and lying in a bed. A man is shown wearing only boxer shorts (we see his bare chest and back).
 A man makes a comment about two men having a "top secret man crush." A woman tells another woman that a man had an "unusual fixation" on her. A woman says of a man, "I always thought he was gay."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is shot in the head in a crowded train station; we see a bloody bullet wound on his forehead, he falls dead and people around him run and scream. A man in a laboratory shoots two men, he then shoots a woman and then several other people (we see several bloody bullet wounds and we see one man lying dead on the floor with a pool of blood around his head); we hear some of the people pleading before they are shot and the gunman is shot in the back, he falls to his knees and shoots himself off-screen (we see him raise his gun to his chin, and we hear a gunshot and a splatter). A man bursts into a house and fights with two people with guns: they exchange gunfire, one woman is shot in the shoulder (we see blood on he sleeve) and a man is shot dead (we see him with blood on his face and head); another man is struck in the arm by nails that are shot at him and a man punches him repeatedly in the face (presumably to death). A man climbs up the outside of a house, enters through a second story window and shoots a woman (she falls hard to the floor and her head bounces up and down as she hits the floor). A man is shot several times, and he falls down a flight of stairs and lies motionless near the bottom. A man kills three people two using his hands and the third is shot (no blood is evident; we hear crunching).
 Police with guns surround a building where a man is hiding, the man runs and he is chased, and he jumps across rooftops and is shot at. A woman is chased by police and is cornered by two officers; a man jumps on one of the officers and kills him and then shoots and kills the other (no blood is shown). A man steals a motorcycle and he and a woman drive away as another man steals a police car and chases them; they speed through congested streets, the police car runs into another car and is pushed up onto two wheels, the car crashes into a bus and he bus bumps the motorcycle causing the passenger to nearly fall off. A man steals a motorcycle from a police officer and chases another man and a woman on another motorcycle: they speed through pedestrians and car traffic, they go up flights of stairs, one driver is shot and falls off his motorcycle and into a fruit stand (we see a bit of blood), and he gets back on the motorcycle and continues chasing; the woman on the other motorcycle hits the other driver with her helmet (he is not phased), she then kicks him and he is thrown into a pillar and we see his body flop around like a rag doll.
 A man collapses to his knees, we see blood drip from his nose and he falls to the ground dead. A woman is shown dead with a stream of blood at her nose and her eyes open. A man is found dead on the street and we see his bloody nose and face. A man is shown dead and there is blood around him on the floor and it appears that his arm is twisted behind his head.
 A man and a woman wrestle another woman into a chair, the man presses a gun in the restrained woman's hand and it appears as though they are going to force her to shoot her self (they are interrupted). A man hits a man on the back of the head and he falls to the ground among a crowd of people.
 A missile is fired into a cabin throwing one man outside the cabin and killing another man inside the cabin (we do not see the dead man). A house is soaked with gasoline and set ablaze (we understand that several dead bodies are inside the house as it burns). A man shoots down an unmanned drone and we see it crash and explode in the distance. A man shoots a conveyor belt in a factory causing workers to scream and rush out of the building.
 A wolf stands very near a man, it snarls, growls and bares its teeth; the wolf lunges toward the man as many other wolves approach, it is snatched up into a tree by a trap, the man cuts it down, they wrestle on the ground and the wolf is blown up by a missile.
 A man cuts into his own abdomen (we see the incision and blood pouring from it); he reaches in the hole and removes a tracking device (a pellet-shaped object), and then puts it in his mouth. A man draws blood from his arm (we see the needle press into the flesh and we see the blood in a vial). We see vials of blood on a table in a few scenes. A woman injects a solution into a man's arm (we see the needle press into his skin). A man appears to be getting very sick; we see him begin to perspire and shiver and later a woman is shown helping him with a wet cloth. We see a man with bloody cuts on his face and a bruised and swollen eye.
 Snarling wolves surround a man and he uses a flaming torch to scare them away (we hear snarling and growling). A man shoots an animal and we see it stretched over a fire getting cooked. Several wolves attack an animal, clinging to its neck and legs (we do not see it go down or die). We hear wolves howling outside a cabin where two men are staying.
 A man jumps from a sheer cliff onto a ledge and then climbs a sheer rock face. A man jumps from the top of a tree onto another tree that bends with his weight. A man jumps onto a tall scaffolding and runs toward a man and a woman who jump off a walkway and onto the roof of a bus.
 We see people wearing hazmat suits at the scene of a house fire. There are several stressful scenes when people are being tracked by any other people. A man and a woman anxiously move through airport security and passport control.
 A woman yells at a man driving a car and tells him to stop and let her out. We hear news reports of a lone gunman shooting 5 people to death and hear the incident referred to as a murder suicide. A newspaper headline reads "6 dead in shooting." A man makes a remark about "bagging" a man and "dropping him on the sidewalk." A man talks about a woman "aiding and abetting a fugitive." A man talks about a doctor "bleeding and scraping" him. A woman talks about 5 scientists dropping dead. A man tells another man that "they found a body and they think she was shot." A man says, "he's gonna run out of brain."


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (sin eaters), 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown taking pills in several scenes, a woman holds a pill in her hand and receives instructions on how to take it, and a woman injects a solution into a man's arm (we see the needle press into his skin). A man pours himself a drink and drinks, two men toast with wine, and a man drinks alcohol. People smoke cigarettes in a crowded street scene and a man coughs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Covert operations, CIA, genetic modification, guilt by association, anti-terrorism, patriotism, morality, treason, paranoia, behavioral design.

MESSAGE - Covert military operations are nothing but trouble. Messing with human genes is a dangerous business.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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