_The Bourne Ultimatum_
I saw the Matt Damon vehicle The Bourne Ultimatum last night with my brother Paul. The film is the third in a series, which we assume has just ended. But the lead hero is still alive, although he has found his identity.
The film brings the action flick to the level of the best post-Connery Bond movies with the intrigue of The Hunt for Red October. This film appeals to your better side, and the action choreography reminds one of the Ronin European car chase.
I sat in my seat and twice looked around and thought, "Damn, does anyone else think this is pretty sweet?"
The film is a direct continuation of the second Bourne flick, and thus lacks character development for the newbie. I really wanted to see Matt Damon and Julia Stiles kiss, but no dice.
One of the films stronger suits is to imagine a space where one person's human potential is realized for a single task. That task would be Jason Bourne's "asset" (assassin) moxie and secret agent skills, crisscrossing Europe and NYC in order to solve the mystery of his identity.
However, the most important point that I got from the film was the storyline which deftly critiqued Bush Administration "national security" and "executive priviledge" claims. The whole point of the trilogy is that Jason Bourne was once a regular American, but with CIA chemical treatment, he became an identity-less coldblooded assassin of the highest order. Now he has tired of killing at the snap of a finger, and wants to find his real identity. He also is concerned he's killed people that aren't even bad guys -- US citizens, in fact, which is obviously against American law (especially for a government entity), but it seems many people forget that. My osmosis of our rancid political climate sort of made me think, "Oh yeah, that's right, the CIA can't kill American citizens."
So, Jason Bourne is the protagonist fighting against corrupt CIA higherups who used an illegal secret program to nefarious ends. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Four CIA guys are in on the program, and one is an informant. The rest of the three are willing to kill anyone (even their own) to save their own asses: the CIA director, his right-hand man, and the chemist-creator of the identity-erasing assassin program.
So, like George Bush and Dick Cheney, who obviously and observably broke American law with their illegal wiretapping and torture programs, intentionally blowing the cover of a CIA agent, as well as firing US attorneys investigating prominent Republicans, the lawbreakers inside the government are only out to save themselves, and they'll hang anyone out to dry in the way of that.
Sadly, I don't think the Bush/Cheney regime will come to justice, as happens in The Bourne Ultimatum. But we know that they are iniquitous and vile, and that American law will once again stand, like the American flag.
So yes, this film did I like.