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The Bourne Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

James Newton Howard

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The Bourne Legacy breaks with its predecessors in a number of ways. It’s the first film in the Bourne series that isn’t based, however loosely, on a Robert Ludlum novel; nor does Matt Damon star as ex-C.I.A. agent Jason Bourne (in fact, the Bourne character doesn't appear in Legacy). Scriptwriter Tony Gilroy replaces Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third installments, as director. Additionally, composer James Newton Howard takes over for John Powell, who wrote music for the first three films. Howard’s score certainly has the tension and edginess required for an action thriller, but there's also a subtle sense of restraint on much of the soundtrack. Nevertheless, “Drone” features crunching guitar, chugging strings, and pounding percussion, and “Magsaysay Suite” fiercely thrashes and rattles as strings soar and guitar stutters. On the other end of the spectrum, the closing cue, “Aftermath,” artfully blends strings and woodwinds to brooding effect. A new, dramatically orchestrated version of Moby’s “Extreme Ways”—a song that's been used in all of the Bourne films—wraps things up.

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A Modern Take on the Bourne Series

While I always enjoyed the previous Bourne soundtracks, this has a more symphonic and deep vibe compared to the previous- I think it fits very well with what this movie will be. I can't wait!

The Bourne Legacy score

Saw the film last night (it's good!) - Renner is a great addition to the world and his story in this film is running parallel to the events in "Ultimatum," so brush up before you see it if you think you might get lost.

Here's what I'd say about the score. I am a fan of JNH. Always have been. In fact, I own about 15 of his scores... and his music here is good, but watching the film, MAN, did I miss John Powell who for me, by now, is the beating heart of the series.

I can appreciate wanting to create a different vibe sonically, but the thing is the film is of the world and FEELS of the world, so it ought to also SOUND like it's from that world.

Again, I like the score. And JNH pays homage to 1 or 2 of Powell's themes by lacing it into his music subtly... but I'd have preferred Powell.

Good score

This shall fit right in with the rest of the family but it's missing something. Im not sure......its intense and all but that John Powell just bought the film and score together. Where are u John Powell?!! Still good score.

Biography

Born: June 9, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist, producer, and composer James Newton-Howard scored over 60 films beginning in the mid-'80s, including The Fugitive, Space Jam, The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Waterworld. Newton-Howard began taking classical piano lessons at the age of four, playing on a piano owned by his grandmother, who was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and '40s. He went on to study at the USC School of Music and at the Music Academy of the West (in Santa...
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The Bourne Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jul 31, 2012

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