Soundtrack Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Soundtrack Review: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Bourne Legacy by James Newton Howard.

“I had hoped that James brought some of the awesome percussion he used for the action scenes of Snow White & The Huntsman.”

The latest film in the Bourne series is here with a new director and cast. Gone is Paul Greengrass and in comes Tony Gilroy. The new action star is Jeremy Renner and he has Rachel Weisz and Edwart Norton with him. The Bourne Legacy is an expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events on the previous three films. The score is composed by James Newton Howard.

Track List

1. Legacy 80
2. Drone 80
3. NRAG 60
4. You Fell in Love 60
5. Program Shutdown 80
6. Over the Mountain 80
7. High Powered Rifle 60
8. They’re All Dead 80
9. Manila Lab 100
10. Wolves / Sick Ric 60
11. Doctor of What? 60
12. Aaron in Chicago 60
13. Wolf Attack 80
14. Chem Talk 60
15. Flight 167 40
16. Aaron Run! 100
17. You Belong Here 80
18. Cognitive Degrade 80
19. 17 Hour Head Start 80
20. Viralled Out 60
21. You’re Doing Fine 80
22. Simon Ross 80
23. LARX Tarmac 80
24. Magsaysay Suite 80
25. Aftermath 80

The Jason Bourne trilogy was pretty damn good, at least the films were. What about the scores? Despite the glowing reviews, I never took to them the way I had hoped. Love the Bourne theme and a few of those cues are real killers, but the rest? Not so much. I can’t hide the fact that most people loved them though and perhaps some were even a bit disappointed when John Powell’s name was not attached to this movie? Well I wasn’t… not really. I was however a bit suspect when I saw James Newton Howard doing this, mainly because of his disappointing action thriller score to Salt. My mood was even worse when I heard the first samples of the score. How bad could this be?

Well, luckily it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it sure is no action winner either. I had hoped that James brought some of the awesome percussion he used for the action scenes of Snow White & The Huntsman, but it doesn’t have anywhere near the power nor the energy unfortunately. What James could have done here is take a leaf from the very John Powell, but not from the previous Bourne scores, but from the score that the Bourne scores should have been, Green Zone. Now that had some insane action cues and on a level The Bourne Legacy doesn’t even come close to.


Kudos for James to use the Bourne theme a couple of times, but sadly it’s an underperformer for me. It doesn’t really fare better or worse than John Powell’s Bourne scores and I really hoped that it would take me by surprise, but I just can’t see it happening, now or in the future.

Geek Score: 73.6

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