The Bourne Legacy (2012) This might be a case of going in to the cinema with low expectations and having them exceeded, but I enjoyed this cash-grab attempt to continue the Bourne brand far more than I expected. Mainly because it's not obsessed with being an identikit copy of its predecessors. Indeed, the film is at its least interesting when the extended vehicular chase climax kicks in and the shaky cam takes over.
I don't know what the reaction to the first hour of this has been generally, but I doubt that anyone expecting a wall-to-wall thrill ride will be happy. Since what we get is mostly talk. But engaging talk, delivered by strong actors and used to create a dramatically involving scenario. I’m not sure it was really necessary to include the tricksiness of paralleling the plot to the events of Ultimatum (particularly as that film had it’s own tricksy timeline in respect of Supermeacy) but I appreciated the old-school spy movie vein running through it.
Dressed to Kill (1980) We follow ostensibly the lead female character, who
embarks on an activity that she has moral qualms over. But the first act ends
with her murdered by person unknown, apparently a woman. An associate of the
woman is in contact with her, aware of her crime. It falls to a relative of the
female character to investigate her death, leading to a dramatic revelation of
the murderer’s true identity. In the denouement, a rather cod-psychology
explanation of the murderer’s motives is offered up.