• It’s not just the plot that’s transfixing them.

In an alarmist and hastily reasoned “think” piece for Time‘s entertainment website, Graeme McMillan recently pondered whether implausible, spectacle-driven blockbusters like The Bourne Legacy and Men in Black 3 signal an age of “story-less” movies. “Almost everything about [Legacy] is so unoriginal,” he writes, “as to feel as if it’s come from another movie; the fact that there’s no real connective tissue or narrative through line to connect those scenes almost becomes unimportant in the face of the accidental nostalgia and emotional connections they evoke.” While I’m not crazy about The Bourne Legacy, I don’t share in McMillan’s cynical assessment of it. Just the other day, I argued that the fragmented narrative structure was a deliberate move on the part of cowriter-director Tony Gilroy and maybe the film’s most interesting quality overall.