Jason Bourne 2016 came as an interesting revelation after the previous movies in the franchise. It is better welded in structure with a much simpler plot than any of Robert Ludlum‘s novels. As I remember, I don’t recall Ludlum’s plots in the previous releases. They were an amalgam of 100% action and violence without an explanatory motivation. Now, with this one here, you don’t need explanations. The characters are new, and the plot is simple. More than that, it is acted with no holes, and no futile improvisations.
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Jason Bourne 2016 – Background and Plot
Nicky Parsons hacks the Central Intelligence Agency’s mainframe computer server and retrieves a list with past, present and future black operations. Meantime, Jason Bourne is making a living as a bare knuckle fighter in some of the most remote places around the world. Now we found him in Greece, at the Albanian border, where he doesn’t seem to have a pimp or any other problems.
Parson meets Bourne and gives him the retrieved files. Bourne finds out something more about his past, his father and his recruitment. He now, needs revenge.
CIA Director Robert Dewey wants to implement a total surveillance program on the internet. He needs Aaron Kalloor, the biggest Social Media Corporation’s CEO, a computer genius sponsored big by the CIA (through Dewey) all along, from the start up stage. Kalloor wants out, but practically that’s impossible, even if you theoretically have more power than the President. Not that these issues were underlined here, the Snowden-ish warnings about the global surveillance program were very superficially treated.
Cast and Production
Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. Tommy Lee Jones is the CIA Director Robert Dewey. Alicia Vikander is Heather Lee, an ambitious CIA executive. Vincent Cassel is a CIA black operative called “Asset”. Julia Stiles is Nicky Parsons, a former CIA operative who appeared in all the previous “Jason Bourne” movies. Riz Ahmed is Aaron Kalloor, a computer genius, who was sponsored by the CIA for his Social Media start-up, which developed in one of the most comprehensive social media corporation, “Deep Dream”. Ato Essandoh is Craig Jeffers, a CIA agent, devoted body and soul to Director Dewey.
Jason Bourne 2016 was directed by Paul Greengrass (The Theory of Flight, Captain Phillips, Bloody Sunday, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy), and written by Christopher Rouse, a former editor for a lot of Greengrass’ movies. It was produced by Matt Damon.
Watch the trailer, it’s very catchy without being revealing.
Robert Ludlum died in 2001, before any modern technology described here was available. He died before whistleblowers like Edward Snowden appeared on the arena, or global Islamic terrorism was invented. His books, especially the Jason Bourne series, “The Bourne Identity” (1980), “The Bourne Supremacy” (1986), “The Bourne Ultimatum” (1990), were full of complicated conspiracy plots where a shadowy character appears, along Jason Bourne, Ambassador Havilland. The books were fast paced and rich in data, making them a little bit too complex for the general public. Highly entertaining, they were hard to reproduce on screen, so, a new plot adapted to recent events was invented and released.
Jason Bourne 2016 is an interesting and captivating movie.
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