How does Jeremy Renner's man-on-the-run Aaron Cross from ''The Bourne Legacy'' stack up against Matt Damon's Jason Bourne? We compared two of their most badass sequences.

By Andrew Santana
August 10, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Aaron Cross
The Big Bad Wolf
In the snowy Alaskan wilderness, Cross traps a ravenous wolf in a net hanging from a tree. He then pries open the beast’s jaws with a stick and inserts a tracking device (that he removed from his own leg) down its throat. Result? The bad guys’ missile hits the unlucky lycan, not our hero.

Thrilla in Manila
To shake a team of SWAT officers, Cross parkours across the tin roofs of a Manila slum before sliding down into a narrow alley, where he smashes one cop with his feet before bashing the other with his fists — much to the relief of a would-have-been-toast Marta (Rachel Weisz).

Jason Bourne
Magazine Smackdown
Bourne defends himself against a blade-wielding assassin with a rolled-up magazine. Several blows to his attacker’s face later, he finishes the job by strangling the guy, ripping a gas leak, and sticking the mag in a toaster to trigger an explosion that blows up the house. (The Bourne Supremacy)

Tangier Towel-Snap
He scurries over Tangier rooftops, leaps over an alley, and crashes through a glass window into a high-rise, where an enemy agent is waiting for him. Bourne takes several haymakers to the head before finishing his assailant off by strangling him with a bath towel. (The Bourne Ultimatum)

Winner: Jason Bourne
Cross’ bit with the wolf shows the dude can be creative under extreme pressure, but nothing tops Bourne’s magazine number. Self-defense and literacy, all in one swift stroke!

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 125 minutes
  • Tony Gilroy
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