Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bourne Trilogy spinoff spins off cutting-edge bioengineering jargon

Genome research goers viral with Rachel Weisz in "The Bourne Legacy."

Bourne Trilogy spinoff spins off cutting-edge bioengineering jargon

Rachel Weisz in Dr. Shearing´s lab coat, with the latest genomic research reading matter.
Rachel Weisz in Dr. Shearing's lab coat, with the latest genomic research reading matter. � GoffPhotos.com

Tony Gilroy, writer and director of The Bourne Legacy, gives leading lady Rachel Weisz a job as a brilliant if ethically suspect biochemist working out of a top secret pharmaceutical lab in the Maryland burbs. Her association with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, the new movie’s on-the-run deep cover intel op, was purely clinical: He drops in for high-tech testing, and for a new supply of blue and green pills to facilitate his mental and physical enhancement.

Weisz’s Dr. Marta Shearing and her colleagues are working with viruses, meds and biogenetic engineering. “I was there for the science,” she says, defensively, after the whole thing has gone to hell and she’s joined Renner, trying to dodge CIA spooks and National Security nabobs. But in the midst of all the shootouts and chases, the actress gets to deliver some classic Gliroy-scripted lines. Here’s our fave:

“It’s the most exciting development in genomic acceleration in the history of science!”

If you bump into Weisz on the street, ask her to do the genomic acceleration line for you.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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