– Balaji Thangapandian | BT
Jason Bourne remains invincible and unprecedented, with perfect back stories relating to all the events of his past. The revenge saga, does not appear to be concluding, more sequels to be followed.
Even though, Paul Greengrass (director), perfectly ended the franchise with ‘ The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007), he had also left vital clues that Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) might be reinstated. After a heist of 9 years, Bourne emerges as a bare – knuckle fighter in the border of Greece.
Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), the former logistics support for Treadstone program, was terminated from CIA for being linked to Jason Bourne and aiding him in exposing black ops, Treadstone and Blackbriar ( Do recall your memory of Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Identity). Since then, she has been hiding, and hunting opportunities to expose the rogue operations.
In meantime, the social media giant ‘ Deep Dream’ becomes ubiquitous in the digital lives of significant population of the world. The founder of the start up, Aaron Kallor(Riz Ahmed) is obligated to the deputy director of CIA, Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) for full wide – spectrum surveillance of people’s digital footprints as his company was seed funded by the agency. Aaron is determined in protecting people’s privacy. And, what the agency demands him to do is against the privacy policies of Deep Dream. How does he cope up? [ Several references are made to Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing]
The head of cyber divisions, Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander), partially defeats Nicky Parsons’s attempt in infiltrating into the firewall of CIA’s mainframe and stealing the black ops files, including Iron Hand (A Treadstone upgrade – full spectrum surveillance). Bourne is given access to data stolen by Nicky Parsons in the midst of Greek protest crowd, which leads to unraveling the fact of paramount importance, (that was the motivation for Bourne to volunteer for Treadstone), that his father, Richard Webb, was not murdered by enemies, but by the agency. Bourne wants to find the perpetrators. He falls back in the grid again, revealing the answers, shrouded in mystery.
Heather Lee, studies Bourne’s files, and learns from his behavioral observations that Bourne is always patriotic, when played right, he can be brought back into the agency. The asset (Vincent Cassel) desperately wants to avenge Bourne, as he was caught in Syria for espionage and tortured by the exposure of Blackbriar by Bourne. Heather Lee plans to bring Bourne back to agency by helping him in finding the truth.
The last 90 minutes is a culmination of brutal combat, and high speed pursuit between the agency’s asset backed by Robert and Bourne, in preventing Bourne from exposing Iron Hand program, and understanding about Bourne’s father’s murder. Eventually, Jason Bourne triumphs and leaves impression again that he would return. The whistleblowing attempt of Aaron, appears to be subtly managed by Heather Lee, in favour of agency. Perhaps, it is saved for subsequent installments of the franchise.
Filmmaker, Paul Greengrass was a former international journalist, and adept in seamlessly incorporating the alarming sociopolitical challenges in his films, esp, in Bourne franchise. Jason Bourne is no exception, as the pivotal plot of this installment is loosely based on Edward Snowden. Jason Bourne franchise is synonymous with hyper, fast edited, massive action sequences. Special mention to the academy award winning editor (for Bourne Ultimatum) and co-writer, Christopher Rouse for bringing actions as authentic as possible and captivating on the screen. The Greek protest and Las Vegas car chase sequences quench the thirst for Jason Bourne admirers.
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Jason Bourne, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Christopher Rouse, Balaji Thangapandian, Film Theorist