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Still shot from the movie: The Bourne Legacy.

The Bourne Legacy

In this continuation of the Bourne franchise we learn Jason (Matt Damon) was not the only operator specially trained by the CIA. Now the series follows Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), another spy who finds his life is in jeopardy when the government agency decides to close down the program. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 135
Theater Release: 10 Aug 2012
Video Release: 10 Dec 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What moral and ethical issues are involved in this kind of scientific tinkering with human genetics? While the enhancements help characters heal more quickly and perform better, what are the risks of having this technology fall into the wrong hands? Is it in the wrong hands in this movie?

Who to trust is always a question in this story. How do characters decide whom to trust? Why are the government agents more interested in protecting themselves than their operatives?

How do the soldiers in the control center approach their work? Would you have to take a “clinical” approach to this kind of job, knowing that the “target” is a human being? Does Aaron have the same mindset when he kills others, either those who are after him or innocent people carrying out their jobs?

Dr. Shearing justifies her role in the program by saying she just does the research; she doesn’t create policy. Does her scientific role remove her from any responsibility in the outcome of the program and the people who are killed?

This movie franchise is based novels by Robert Ludlum.

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