A sidequel rather than a direct sequel, The Bourne Legacy succeeds in giving the kiss of life to a franchise that had a Do Not Resuscitate sign hanging over it. The series seemingly came to a natural conclusion with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne finally discovering who he was and how he came to be fished out of the sea with no memory three years earlier. But there was a problem: that concluding chapter, The Bourne Ultimatum, made enormous piles of cash for studio Universal. Their franchise was still lucrative but had run out of narrative gas. Enter “series architect” Tony Gilroy, who has gone and greatly fleshed out the backstory behind the Treadstone program that created Bourne in order to allow for another agent to go on the run from a different set of people. What’s surprising is that The Bourne Legacy turns out to be a respectable thriller in its own right.