The Bourne Ultimatum is old fashioned and out of date. And that is the very reason I like it.
At the heart of all three of the Bourne trilogy is the battle of good against evil. The baddies are minority, rogue elements in the CIA who have abandoned morality and law as they assassinate freely, execute without trial, order rendition (kidnap) and claim it is all justified so long as they win. Bourne’s destiny is to expose what has been going on and see justice done.
As we watch Bourne’s adventures we are meant to will the hero to win against those dark corrupted forces.
This is out of date and old fashioned because in the real world it the baddies who are now in control. That is the victory of the terrorists, as our civil rights have been trampled and ancient freedoms have been snatched from us by our leaders. All of the crimes that Jason Bourne seeks to expose are now the policy and practice of the USA government, with the British scampering behind with tail wagging.
In a new report titled “Off The Record,” (June, 2007) six human rights groups say they can’t account for 39 people who were once held in secret prisons run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which they say raises questions about how closely the United States is complying with international law.
For years, the groups and press reports have accused the United States of keeping suspected terrorists in prisons around the world. It wasn’t until 18 months ago that U.S. President George W. Bush finally acknowledged their existence – but only after the practice had ended.
[Source, Radio Free Europe]
I would like to say, “Jason Bourne where are you?” But I know it is even too late for someone like him. This is the age of Guantanamo Bay and ‘regime change’.
It is a great film and I highly recommend it.