Jason Bourne (film)
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|Directed by||Paul Greengrass|
|Edited by||Christopher Rouse|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$110 million|
Jason Bourne is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. Written by Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse, it is the fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct sequel to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon reprises his role as the main character, former CIAassassin and psychogenic amnesiacJason Bourne.
In the film, Bourne remains on the run from CIA hit squads as he tries to uncover hidden truths about his past. When former CIA operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) hacks into agency databases to uncover evidence about its illegal assassination programs and on Bourne’s recruitment, Bourne begins to understand who he truly is. After Parsons’ breach, CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) orders CIA cyber head Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find the pair. Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed also star.
Principal photography on the film commenced on September 8, 2015. The film premiered in London on July 11, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 29, 2016, by Universal Pictures. It has received mixed reviews and grossed over $110 million worldwide.
A decade after he exposed Operation Blackbriar and disappeared, Jason Bourne has finally recovered from his amnesia, isolating himself from the world and making a living by taking part in illegal fighting rings. In Reykjavík, Nicky Parsons has been collaborating with hacker and whistleblower Christian Dassault, and hacks into the CIA‘s mainframe server in order to expose the CIA’s black ops programs. In the process, Parsons finds documents that concern Jason Bourne’s recruitment into Treadstone and his father’s role in the program, and she decides to travel to Greece to find and inform him. Parsons’ system intrusion alerts Heather Lee, the head of the CIA’s cyber ops division, and CIA Director Robert Dewey.
In Greece, Parsons and Bourne meet at Syntagma Square in the midst of a violent anti-government protest. They evade the team sent to locate them but Parsons is killed by the Asset, an ex-Blackbriar assassin. Before she dies, Parsons is able to pass the key to a safe deposit that holds the CIA files on to Bourne. Intending to find the answers about his past and family, Bourne locates Dassault in Berlin. Decrypting Parsons’ files, Bourne discovers that his father, Richard Webb, was an analyst for the CIA and was involved with the creation of the original Treadstone program. However, malware planted in the files alerts the CIA to Bourne’s location and Dewey sends a team to capture him while Lee remotely erases the files to prevent another leak. Lee takes the opportunity to alert Bourne to the team’s presence as she believes that he can be persuaded to return to the agency. Using the few leads he gathered in Berlin, Bourne tracks Malcolm Smith, a former Treadstone surveillance operative, in London and arranges to meet him in Paddington Square.
Lee persuades Dewey to allow her to contact Bourne in person to attempt to bring him back in. Dewey agrees, but secretly authorizes the Asset to eliminate Lee’s team and kill Bourne, whom he believes cannot be reasoned with. Knowing that the CIA is watching him, Bourne evades Lee and the Asset long enough to confront Smith. Smith admits that Richard Webb created Treadstone, but tried to prevent them from recruiting Bourne. Under Dewey’s orders, the Asset killed Webb and staged his death as a terrorist attack to persuade Bourne to join Treadstone. Smith is killed by the Asset while Bourne escapes and finds Lee, who admits that she is not comfortable with Dewey’s methods and directs him to a technology convention in Las Vegas.
Dewey is scheduled to attend the convention for a public debate on privacy rights with Aaron Kalloor, the CEO of social mediaenterprise Deep Dream. Kalloor is the public face of corporate social responsibility in the internet age, but he has secretly been funded by Dewey, who intends to use Deep Dream for real-time mass surveillance alongside the reborn targeted assassination programs Treadstone, Blackbriar, Outcome and LARX projects, now known as “Iron Hand”. Suspecting that Kalloor will refuse to allow the CIA access to Deep Dream, Dewey authorizes the Asset to assassinate him and Lee, whom he no longer trusts.
- Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, born David Webb, a former CIA assassin who disappeared after publicising details of the CIA’s targeted assassination programs.
- Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Dewey, the current director of the CIA and leader of the Iron Hand program who holds an intention to take down Bourne after the exposure of Blackbriar.
- Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, the head of the CIA Cyber Ops Division.
- Vincent Cassel as the Asset, a Blackbriar assassin working for the Iron Hand program. The Asset was captured and tortured as a result of Bourne’s actions in The Bourne Ultimatum and harbours resentment toward him because of it.
- Julia Stiles as Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons, Bourne’s former Treadstone contact in Paris whom he sent into hiding in The Bourne Ultimatum.
- Riz Ahmed as Aaron Kalloor, the CEO and founder of Deep Dream, a social media enterprise.
- Ato Essandoh as Craig Jeffers, a CIA agent and Dewey’s right-hand man.
- Scott Shepherd as Edwin Russell, the Director of National Intelligence.
- Bill Camp as Malcolm Smith, a former CIA analyst who retired to the private sector.
- Vinzenz Kiefer as Christian Dassault, a hacker, whistleblower, and the leader of a group of privacy activists.
- Gregg Henry as Richard Webb, Jason Bourne’s father and the creator of the original Treadstone program who was murdered by the Asset.
I absolutely loved this flick, as it contained as much mystery and intrigue as the three original Bourne novels/movies. It has been a long time since I sat in discomfort, needing to pee, because I didn’t want to miss what was happening. From brutally realistic fight scenes, to off the chain car chases, this movie was every bit as good as the first three, and I recommend it highly – MR