Jason Bourne Review
August 5, 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Not actually shot in Greece
Since part of the story takes place in Athens, Greece, the producers asked the Greek Government for permission to shoot the film in the actual location. Due to high taxes and bureaucracy this never happened. Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, doubles as Athens in the movie.
“The Bourne Resurgence”
The title was originally going to be “The Bourne Resurgence” until the producers discovered that the word Resurgence was going to be used in the upcoming “Independence Day” sequel. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have both commented that they never liked the original title, as it seems hokey. To them “Jason Bourne” is a more fitting title because Bourne has come full circle as he now knows the whole truth about his past.
The requirements for Treadstone Operatives are listed in the classified report as follows: All Treadstone Operatives will be trained to be the leading capable assassins.
1. Assets will leave no trace of their existence. 2. Treadstone agents are INVISIBLE. 3. Each potential recruit must be surveyed and held under the Treadstone Secure Systems Act S-4 for a MINIMUM of two years. 4. Almost superhuman proficiency in using firearms or other weapons, sharpshooting, using explosives, operating vehicles, and martial art techniques.
This movie shows us that David Webb was previously Captain in US Army 1st Special Forces Delta (1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta , “1st SFOD-Delta”), otherwise known as Delta Force.
Black Ops projects
The files that Nicky Parsons hacks into shows us that there are/were 10 Black Ops projects: 01. Iron Hand, 02. Spectrum, 03. Hourglass, 04. Rubicon, 05. Spearfish, 06. Larx, 07. Outcome, 08. Emerald Lane, 09. Blackbriar, 10. Treadstone.
Three Oscar winners
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander
Inspiration for car chase sequence
Paul Greengrass got his inspiration of car chases from William Friedkin who made The French Connection (1971) and other movies with car chases like To Live and Die in L.A.(1985), Jade (1995) and The Hunted (2003) which starred Tommy Lee Jones. Jones also worked with Friedkin on Rules of Engagement (2000) before reuniting on “The hunted”.
So who was Nicky Parsons?
One of the mysteries which I always wanted to know was what relationship did she have to Bourne? In the Bourne Ultimatum Bourne asks, “why are you helping me” to which she replied “it was difficult for me…with you”. That movie nor this movie ever follows up on that mystery. I tend to believe that maybe Nicky Parsons was his wife maybe sister? Just unknown.
I doubt they were related, the CIA would’ve made a big deal out of it. She was his main contact for missions he was on and she also monitored agent’s physical and mental health. It is widely believed among fans that they had a relationship prior to his amnesia.
A compelling flick
The Bourne Movie series never disappoints. All of them are top of their game.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Jason Bourne is a superior summer blockbuster — bursting with brawn and brains.(Click here to see)