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The Bourne Legacy
(2012)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Jon Kull
John Ashton Thomas

Co-Produced by:
Nic Ratner
Sven Faulconer

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 7th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always believed that James Newton Howard's music for The Tourist and Salt would serve as a good fit in the Jason Bourne franchise, an idea that has turned into reality.

Avoid it... if you expect Howard to either be very loyal to John Powell's themes and live percussion mix or branch off in an exciting new direction, the composer content to play it safe through a conservative extension of only the franchise's existing base style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,031
WRITTEN 8/11/12
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The Bourne Legacy: (James Newton Howard) Having already expended the titles and basic concepts of the original Robert Ludlum novels in the series, the Jason Bourne film franchise turns a completely new page for its belated 2012 entry, The Bourne Legacy. With director Paul Greengrass not returning for the project, lead actor Matt Damon followed him out the door, leaving the production with a unique problem. Screenwriters offered the solution in the form of other "Outcome" agents who could be used to perpetuate the same chasing action seen with Bourne, and in The Bourne Legacy, the CIA sets the plotline in motion by deciding to wipe out their own agents in ways the Jedi might relate to. Escaping the initial attack is agent Aaron Cross, who sets off across the world with an Outcome scientist (Rachel Weisz, conveniently) on a personal mission to wean himself from the mind-enhancing pills on which his employer had supposedly made him dependant. While placing the comparatively obscure Jeremy Renner in the spotlight as Cross, The Bourne Legacy features Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, and Scott Glenn in mostly familiar roles. Unfortunately, the fourth film in the franchise did not impress critics as much as The Bourne Ultimatum, which won three Academy Awards for its technical prowess. In many respects, the 2012 movie feels like a forced continuation of the concept simply for financial gain, to an extent reflecting similar sentiment about Eric Van Lustbader's efforts to resurrect the series of novels in the 2000's. Along with other key crew members, composer John Powell exited the franchise at this juncture, though his replacement is perhaps the most natural and logical choice for the assignment. Over the previous few years, James Newton Howard had been dutifully executing music for chase-related films that closely emulated Powell's writing style for the Bourne franchise (a result of the popularity of Powell's percussion and string ostinato techniques during this time), led by The Tourist and Salt. The latter score, in fact, was an oddly loyal extension of the Bourne musical playbook, but aided by Howard's own gritty sense of propulsion. It should come as no surprise that his approach to The Bourne Legacy sounds distinctly like Salt in its instrumentation and attitude. That said, though, this fourth Bourne score lacks the highlighting chase passages of Salt and instead sounds like a stew of procedural leftovers, laced at times with hints of Powell's identities for the concept.

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Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
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Zack - August 12, 2012, at 4:06 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:16
• 1. Legacy (2:40)
• 2. Drone (4:15)
• 3. NRAG (0:59)
• 4. You Fell in Love (1:42)
• 5. Program Shutdown (3:00)
• 6. Over the Mountain (0:51)
• 7. High Powered Rifle (2:50)
• 8. They're All Dead (2:48)
• 9. Manila Lab (2:40)
• 10. Wolves/Sick Ric (2:19)
• 11. Doctor of What? (4:28)
• 12. Aaron in Chicago (1:32)
• 13. Wolf Attack (2:57)
• 14. Chem Talk (1:35)
• 15. Flight 167 (3:30)
• 16. Aaron Run! (1:08)
• 17. You Belong Here (1:17)
• 18. Cognitive Degrade (2:49)
• 19. 17 Hour Head Start (3:51)
• 20. Viralled Out (0:58)
• 21. You're Doing Fine (1:18)
• 22. Simon Ross (1:37)
• 23. LARX Tarmac (1:45)
• 24. Magsaysay Suite (3:04)
• 25. Aftermath (2:49)
• 26. Extreme Ways (Bourne's Legacy) - performed by Moby (4:51)

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