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October 11th, 2018 Movie – Jason Bourne

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you about the date for today’s movie. For the first time in over four years, I did not review a movie on the day I was supposed to. The reason for this is due to the fact that I found out I a class I signed up for for work started right after yesterday and by the time I was finished, I was pretty much exhausted and ended up going to bed almost as soon as I got home. I may try to double up on the weekend if I can in order to pre-write Wednesday’s reviews but if work continues like it has, then I might just have to deal with not doing a review on Wednesdays for the immediate future.

Now, on to today’s movie. The Bourne movies have been some pretty entertaining movies to watch and I enjoyed all of them, though was a little disappointed with The Bourne Legacy. However, when I heard that a new Bourne movie was coming out, with Matt Damon reprising the role of the title character, I will admit that I did have much interest in going to see it. I felt like the movies had pretty much run their course and, unlike the James Bond franchise, there was only so much you could do with the character. So if that was my feelings on the subject, why would I own today’s movie, Jason Bourne. Well, this was yet another one of those free movies that I received when I signed up for my ultraviolet accounts. So let’s see if this movie is any good.

The plot: 10 years after exposing Operation Blackbriar and disappearing off the grid after being shot, Jason Bourne has remembered everything about his past and has isolated himself from the world, spending his days earning money by bare-knuckle fighting on the Greece/Serbian border. Meanwhile, ex Treadstone handler Nicky Parsons heads to the headquarters of a hacktivist group in Reykjavik, Iceland, and uses an old CIA device to hack into the CIA files on their Black Operations. At CIA Headquarters in Langley, Heather Lee, the head of the CIA’s cybersecurity division, is alerted to the device trying to breach their firewall but when she heads down to check herself, she discovers that the device has actually found a back door into their system and has her team trace it while she attempts to upload a malware program onto the device. In Reykjavik, Nicky is looking through the Treadstone files and discovers that Bourne’s father was involved with Treadstone. After closing out the file, she notices that someone is attemptign to track her device, just as the CIA locate where she is hacking from and shut the power down and Nicky quickly burns the device and leaves. In Langley, Lee is able to track the device’s past uses to Christian Dassault, the leader of the hactivist group, and through him, is able to discover that Nicky was the one that was using the device. Lee informs Robert Dewey, the new Director of the CIA, and Edwin Russell, the head of National Intelligence, and tells them that Nicky was the one behind the hack and if they allow her to lead the team to catch her, she will get not only Nicky, but Jason Bourne as well if he is still alive. Dewey reluctantly agrees to let Lee lead the team but secretly contacts an Asset in Rome to tell him about Bourne’s possible involvement and sends him to Athens. In Athens, Bourne is involved in another bare knuckle fight when he spots Nicky in the crowd and after he wins, he finds a note with an address on it in his bag. In Langley, Lee and her team track Parson’s via CCTV and send in some CIA agents to capture Nicky and anyone she meets with, while the Asset also lands in Athens and makes his way to where Nicky is. Nicky meets with Bourne during a violent anti-government protest, using it as cover for their meeting. Nicky tells Bourne about hacking the CIA for Dassault and what she found and Bourne is annoyed, as he feels that this has nothing to do with him anymore. As Nicky tells him about what she saw concerning his father, Bourne sees the CIA team tracking her and tells her they need to move. Bourne allows himself to be spotted, figuring that they will follow him, then tells Nicky to meet him at the Statue of Athena. The two separate and Bourne is able to knock out the agents but another team tracks Nicky. Bourne knocks out a police motorcycle cop and steals his bike, then heads out to rescue Nicky, taking out the CIA team in the process. The two go to escape but the Asset shows up and chases after them and when they manage to cause him to crash, Lee tells the Asset where they are heading and he is able to shoot Nicky, causing Bourne to crash. Bourne recovers and tries to get Nicky to cover but she tells him no, then goes to throw something to him but the Asset shoots her again, finishing her off, while the key she was going to give to Bourne clatters to the ground. In Langley, Dewey tells Lee to track down Dassault, as he will possibly lead them to Bourne and when Lee asks him if the Asset knows Bourne, Dewey tells her that when Bourne exposed Blackbriar, the Asset was undercover in Syria and ended up being captured and tortured when he was exposed. Bourne takes the key Nicky had and uses it to open the locker where she stored a weapon and the USB drive with the files on it. Using Nicky’s notebook, Bourne is able to track down where Dassault is in Berlin and heads there. Meanwhile, Aaron Kalloor, the CEO of a social media company called Deep Dream, is giving a press conference in Washington D.C. and afterwards, he meets with Dewey, who had secretly funded Deep Dream and plans on using the company for mass surveillance in tangent with the CIA’s newest assassination operation, “Iron Hand”. Kalloor tells Dewey that Nicky’s hacking of their system has him worried and he no longer wants a part of Dewey’s program but Dewey attempts to calm him down and says he is already involved. In Berlin, Bourne meets up with Dassault and hands him the USB drive, telling him to open it, unknowingly activating the malware and alerting Lee to their location. Bourne starts going through the files and discovers that Nicky was right and his father was involved with Treadstone and that he was placed under surveillance for recruitment into the program. Dassault attacks Bourne but Bourne is able to knock him out, then looks up where to find Malcolm Smith, the Treadstone surveillance officer that was watching him. Suddenly, the files are deleted, as Lee was able to remotely access the computer and delete them, and Dewey tells her to call Bourne. Bourne picks up the phone and both Lee and Dewey try to convince Bourne to come in but while Dewey stalls him to allow their team to get there, Lee texts Bourne and warns him about the incoming team, allowing him to escape. Later, Dewey, his assistant Craig Jeffers, and Lee are meeting with Russell and Dewey says that Bourne seems to be going after Smith and he wants the Asset there to take Smith out, as well as Bourne. Lee argues against it and tells Russell that she believes she can get Bourne to come in peacefully if she meets with him face to face and Dewey tells her to go ahead and try, but then tells the Asset to kill Bourne when he gets the chance. Meanwhile, Kalloor is served with a federal injunction to prevent him from altering Deep Dream and he tells his aide to get all of the recordings regarding every meeting he had with Dewey, including the off the books meetings, but his aide calls Dewey and alerts him to Kalloor’s intentions. In London, Bourne calls Smith and tells him to meet him in Paddington Plaza but Lee and her team tail him, handing the Asset a tracker and comm device so they all stay in contact but the Asset leaves the tracker and comm device on the roof he is assigned and follows Smith without Lee’s knowing it. . As Bravo team follows Smith, the Asset, under Dewey’s orders, kills them in order to make it look like Bourne is killing them, then kills Alpha team as well and Dewey takes control of the operation from Lee. When Lee notices that the Asset isn’t moving on her screen, she realizes that she was played and tells her team to get to Paddington Plaza. Smith reaches the plaza and tells Dewey, who is in contact with him, but Dewey wants him to stay there in order to lure Bourne out, so the Asset can kill them both. Bourne creates a diversion and a panicked Smith attempts to leave but Bourne grabs him. The Asset is unable to get a clear shot just as Lee arrives and sees Bourne leaving with Smith. Bourne questions Smith about his father and Dewey tells Smith not to answer but Bourne injures him and continues questioning him. Smith finally admits that Bourne’s father did not want him in Treadstone and he was killed and it was made to look like a terrorist attack in order to get Bourne to join Treadstone. Suddenly, the Asset shows up and shoots at Smith and Bourne, killing Smith and knocking Bourne off the roof. The Asset goes to see if Bourne is dead or not and finds that Bourne has disappeared and wants to go after him. Dewey tells him no, that Bourne will be going after both of them, and that he should head to Vegas, as they have a problem with Iron Hand, not realizing that Bourne had grabbed Smith’s comm device and heard what Dewey said. Bourne hijacks Lee’s van and tells ehr to drive, then questions her about Dewey and Iron Hand. Lee tells him about them and says that she can help Bourne get to Dewey, as she wants him gone just as much as he does, and hands him a passport and phone. Bourne flies to Vegas and as he goes through customs, Lee hacks the servers and is able to get him through without flagging any security measures. Bourne arrives at the hotel where the conference is taking place and as Kalloor enters the area, Bourne looks around at some of the tech on display and grabs some samples. He texts Lee and tells her to meet him by the elevators but as she is waiting, Jeffers approaches her and tells her that Dewey wants to see her, and Bourne secretly slips a tracking device into her jacket. Following Lee, Bourne is able to record the conversation she has with Dewey and they head off backstage for the show, where they meet with Kalloor, while the Asset gets in position to take out Kalloor. As they get ready to go on stage, Jeffers tells Dewey he has a high priority message coming in and Dewey tells them that he will be on stage momentarily. As Kalloor begins talking, Jeffers tells Dewey that Bourne arrived in Vegas 2 hours ago and Dewey realizes that Lee is helping Bourne and decides to take her out as well. Lee, noticing Dewey’s change in demeanor, secretly texts Bourne that something is wrong and he rushes towards the conference room. On stage, Kalloor is about to tell everyone the deal he had made with Dewey and Dewey orders the Asset to kill him, then Lee. Bourne shows up and figures out where the Asset is and spoils his aim, causing him to only wound Kalloor, while Bourne fires at the Asset and wounds him. Panic ensues and Bourne flees from the security detail while Jeffers tries to escort Dewey out of there but Dewey tells him to take him to the penthouse. Dewey gets there and pulls out a gun before waiting for Bourne, who eventually shows up. Bourne says he knows about what happened in Beirut but Dewey tries to convince Bourne that he secretly wants to come back to work for him. Jeffers shows up and tries to kill Bourne but Bourne kills him, only to be shot by Dewey and when he moves to finish Bourne off, he is killed by Lee. Bourne helps Lee cover up her involvement in Dewey’s death, then goes to leave when he sees the Asset, who is making his own way out of the building. The Asset kills a police officer and steals a S.W.A.T. truck but Bourne steals a car and gives chase, After a dangerous car chase, Bourne and the Asset end up fighting in the basement of a hotel and Bourne eventually kills the Asset. Some time later, Lee meets with Russel and tells him that Dewey was living in the past and his methods suffered for it and when Russell names a new Director, she wants to be it. Russell asks about Bourne and she tells him that she has Bourne’s trust and she can bring him in and if not, then he will be put down. Lee leaves Russell and heads to a park, where she meets up with Bourne and asks him to come back in. Bourne tells her to let him think about it and walks off and Lee heads to her car. When she gets there, she finds a recording device on the passenger seat and when she plays it back, she hears the conversation she had with Russell regarding Bourne and realizes that any trust she had is gone now and she has no chance of bringing him in.

Jason Bourne met with mixed reviews from the critics, holding a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they’ve come to expect — which is this sequel’s biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw.” Matt Damon and Julia Stiles were the only characters from the original trilogy to reprise their characters in the latest movie. While David Strathairn, Joan Allen, and Edward Norton’s characters are still alive at the end of The Bourne Legacy, they are never mentioned in this movie. The movie was a box office hit, earning $415.5 million off of a $135 million budget, making it the second highest grossing film in the series behind The Bourne Ultimatum.

This was a pretty decent movie but I still feel like it was rather unnecessary. The acting was good, with Matt Damon and Julia Stiles doing good jobs reprising their roles of Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons respectively. I thought that Tommy Lee Jones did a good job as Dewey, as did Alicia Vikander (Lee) and Vincent Cassel (Asset). The story honestly felt pretty weak. I mean, I liked the idea that after so much time had passed, Bourne got his memory back but instead of offering something new for a plot device, they turn to the same old thing; something from Treadstone’s past that has a direct bearing on Bourne’s past and he gets dragged into the matter. The action scenes were pretty well choreographed and while the slow, methodical pace serve the previous movies pretty well, in this case it just made the movie boring as everyone knew how things were going to play out. It’s an enjoyable movie but does nothing to add anything new to the series.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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Flashback Review: June 2nd, 2014 Movie – The Bourne Ultimatum

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Full confession time here. Today’s movie is the only movie in the franchise that I have ever seen in theaters. After renting the previous 2 movies, I knew that this would be worth going to see in theaters and I wasn’t wrong on that part. The funny thing is that even when the newer movies came out, I still didn’t go see them in theaters. Anyways, The Bourne Ultimatum came out at a time where a lot of changes were going on in my life so I really needed the brief distraction from reality that this provided me. Now to find out just how good of a movie it really is.

The plot: During the events in the previous movie, a wounded Bourne is attempting to evade the Moscow police before he makes it to a restroom so he can treat his wounds. As he is working, he has another flashback, this time of when he first started at Treadstone, just as two police officers enter the room. Bourne knocks out one of the officers, then points his gun at the other, who begs for his life, but Bourne says his argument is not with him, then leaves the room. 6 weeks later, Pamela Landy is in a meeting with CIA Director Ezra Kramer, where she plays the recording of Ward Abbott’s confession for him. Though Landy argues against it, Kramer feels that Bourne is still a serious threat to the agency and wants her to continue looking for him. Meanwhile, reporter Simon Ross meets with a source who gives him information regarding Bourne and Operation Blackbriar, the CIA program that replaced Treadstone. In Paris, Bourne goes to see Marie’s brother and tells him about her death. In London, Ross has just returned from his trip and phones his editor, telling him about the information his source gave him, unaware that the CIA had picked up his use of the word Blackbriar during his call and begin tracking him. At a CIA building in New York, Deputy Director Noah Vosen tells his men to keep tabs on Ross, bugging all of his phones and car, so that they can figure out who the source is, putting an asset on standby in case they need him. Meanwhile, Bourne is taking the train from Paris to London when he reads Ross’s article about him in the paper. Bourne contacts Ross at his office, calling someone else’s line to ensure that the CIA couldn’t listen in, then arranges to meet with Ross at Waterloo Station. Bourne arrives at Waterloo and purchases a pre-paid phone, then waits for Ross to show up. Ross leaves his office and as he hails a taxi, the CIA mobile team uses a mike to learn where he is going, then Vosen orders teams to get in position at the station, as well as calling in the asset, Paz. When Ross arrives at the station, Bourne watches him briefly then notices the CIA team getting into position. Walking past Ross and slipping the pre-paid phone in his pocket, Bourne calls him and alerts him to the CIA surveillance teams watching him, then gives him instructions on what to do. Bourne has Ross act like he is talking to someone at a bus stop and as the bus pulls up, he tells Ross to walk away, leaving the CIA to abduct the man he was supposedly talking too while Bourne takes out one of the surveillance operatives. Bourne meets up with Ross and starts asking him questions and Ross tells him about Blackbriar being the program after Treadstone and how his source knew Bourne. Bourne sees some agents coming and tells Ross to answer his phone as the walk away, allowing Bourne to direct him into avoiding the security cameras and agents looking for him. When Ross panics and deviates from where Bourne was directing him, Vosen and his team spot him and Bourne directs him to a place to hide as he works on taking out his followers but he ends up being spotted by one of the cameras. When Vosen realizes that Bourne is the one helping Ross, he tells his men to seal the exits and orders Paz to take out both Ross and Bourne. Bourne tells Ross to wait for him to make sure it’s safe but Ross refuses to listen and ends up leaving the store he is in, where Paz promptly shoots him. Bourne goes to Ross’s body and searches it, finding his notebook, and goes to leave when he spots Paz and tries to catch him but is unable to stop Paz from boarding a train. Later, Bourne heads to an internet cafe to look over Ross’s notes and when he sees mention of a company and that it is located in Madrid, he leaves the cafe to head there. Meanwhile, Ross’s source hears news of Ross’s death on the television and he quickly opens his safe and grabs the money inside before quickly leaving. The next day, Vosen meets up with Landy, who had been ordered to assist him in finding and capturing Bourne, but Landy and Vosen have differing opinion on how they should handle things. As Landy and her assistant Tom Cronin head to the office and begins coordinating with Vosen’s men, the determine that Bourne was not the source for Ross’s information. Realizing that whoever Ross had spoken with had a high security clearance, Landy is able to determine that the leak was Neal Daniels, a section chief in Madrid, and Vosen orders a heavy team to be sent there, telling Landy that Bourne is probably heading there as well. In Madrid, Bourne reaches the address for the company and determines that it was a CIA office. As he looks around, he notices a picture on the ground of Daniels as well as another man, causing another flashback. When he recovers, he realizes that the CIA team is there and he sets a trap to take out the two men but when a third person shows up, Bourne goes to meet them at the door and is shocked to find it is Nicky Parsons, who was stationed there after her run in with Bourne in Berlin. Bourne starts to question her but Vosen calls and Nicky answers the phone. Vosen gives her a call sign and when Nicky gives the all clear response, Vosen asks her about the men, Daniels and Bourne. Landy then talks to Nicky and tells her they are still looking for Bourne but she doesn’t think he is a threat like others do. Vosen then tells Nicky to stay there and back up will be there in an hour but when Nicky hangs up, she tells Bourne they only have 3 minutes. She tells Bourne that she knows where Daniels is and Bourne calls the police to cause a distraction so the CIA won’t be able to follow them, then they leave and head for Tangier. Back at the office, Landy questions Vosen about what Blackbriar is and he tells her it is the umbrella that all of their Black Ops operations runs from. Elsewhere, Bourne and Nicky are waiting for the ferry to tangier and Nicky asks Bourne what brought him back. He shows her the picture from Daniel’s office and she recognizes Daniels but can’t place the other man. Bourne tells her that he met him when he first joined Treadstone and Daniels was the one to introduce him. Bourne then asks why she is helping him and she tells him that it was difficult with him, indicating that something happened between them before he lost his memory. Vosen’s team learns that Daniels is in Tangier and they send an asset there to kill him and when Landy learns about this, she tries to call Kramer but he refuses to take her call. Bourne and Nicky arrive in Tangier and after she gets online, she learns that Vosen has sent Desh to kill Daniels and Bourne has her redirect to meet with him so that he can follow Desh to Daniels. In New York, Vosen and his team notice Desh moving away from the target route but Vosen decides to let things play out. As Desh heads back towards Daniels, Vosen’s team discover the illegal breach and discover that Nicky had contacted Desh and Vosen orders them to send Desh after Nicky when he finishes with Daniels. Landy argues with Vosen about his ordering Nicky to be killed, claiming he doesn’t have the authority, but he tells her that he does and she storms out of the office. In Tangier, Desh receives his new instructions and notices Bourne following him as he continues on his route. When Daniels gets close to the bank, Bourne tries to get him to stop but realizes that Desh had left a bomb on the moped he had been driving and Desh activates it, killing Daniels and stunning Bourne. As Desh heads off to kill Nicky, Bourne recovers and grabs a motorbike, using it to escape from the police that had arrived. Meanwhile, Nicky realizes that Desh is coming after her and she leaves just as Desh arrives and he starts following her. Bourne arrives at the cafe Nicky was at and goes looking for them but is forced to run from the police as well. Bourne heads into an apartment and makes his way to the roof, where he spots Nicky and Desh on the street below. Bourne begins jumping from rooftop to rooftop to keep pace with Nicky and Desh, and when he spies them in another building, he leaps from the rooftop and crashes through the window to attack Desh and eventually kills him. Bourne has Nicky use Desh’s phone to signal that they have been killed and when it comes up on their screens, Vosen has his aide confirm the kills and keep an eye on Landy. He then calls Kramer to tell him of Bourne and Nicky’s deaths and Kramer tells him he can’t afford to let anything about Blackbriar come back to haunt him. Back in Tangier, Bourne helps Nicky to disguise herself and leave the city, telling her it gets easier over time to stay underground and hidden. Bourne then heads to the morgue to examine Daniels’ effects and as he sifts through the burned papers in his briefcase, he sees a sliver of paper from a CIA file from New York. In New York, Vosen is told that Desh’s body has been discovered and he realizes that Bourne and Nicky are still alive. Meanwhile, Cronin tells Landy that an early Treadstone passport linked to Bourne had just been scanned in customs in New York and he says that Vosen and his men don’t know about it because it was never used or activated before. Landy knows what Bourne is looking for so she calls the airport and pages the alias, attracting Bourne’s attention. Bourne heads to the building across the street from the CIA office and contacts Landy (the end scene from The Bourne Supremacy). Vosen is made aware of Bourne’s call to Landy and when he hears Bourne’s final words, he realizes that Bourne is in New York and organizes his team to locate him. Landy leaves the building, telling Cronin that if he sees her he will contact her. Bourne sees her leave, as well as Vosen’s men who are tailing her, and he sends her a text for a location to meet at. Vosen leads his team out to intercept Bourne and Landy at the meeting place but Bourne had used the text to get Vosen and his men out of the office, allowing him to enter. As Vosen and his team waits for Bourne, Bourne calls Vosen, getting his name on his recorder so he can open Vosen’s safe, then he taunts Vosen by saying he is in his office. Bourne then goes through the files for Blackbriar that Vosen was storing and leaves the office as Vosen calls his aide and tells him to check the office. Cronin goes to pick up Landy, telling her that Bourne had broken into Vosen’s office and she tells Cronin to take her to 415 71st Street, and Cronin realizes that she had secretly told Bourne that address, disguised as his birth date. Bourne leaves the CIA office but is spotted and forced to run, using the police to help him escape at one point. As Bourne speeds off in a stolen police car, Paz shows up and begins chasing after him, trying to kill him. Meanwhile, Vosen’s team discover that Landy gave Bourne the wrong birth date and when they tell Vosen, he realizes that she told him where the training facility is and sends his teams there. Bourne and Paz get into a wreck and Bourne goes to kill Paz but changes his mind and walks away. As he heads to the training facility, Vosen calls Dr. Albert Hirsch, the doctor that trained and conditioned Bourne, and warns him that Bourne is coming but Hirsch says he refuses to leave. As Bourne reaches the facility, he finds Landy waiting for him and he asks her why she helped him. She tells him that Blackbriar is not what she signed up for and he gives her the files he took from Vosen and tells her it is everything she needs to shut them down. As Bourne heads inside, Landy sees Vosen and his men arriving and she ducks inside as well, but not before Vosen spots her. Vosen and his team search for Bourne and Landy and Vosen finds Landy but is too late to stop her from faxing out the Blackbriar files to the press. Meanwhile, Bourne reaches the training room and finds Hirsch waiting for him. Hirsch talks with Bourne and as he talks, Bourne starts remembering some of his past and remembers that he had volunteered for Treadstone. As the CIA agents show up, Bourne makes a run for it and escapes onto the roof only to find Pax waiting for him. Pax asks Bourne why he didn’t take the shot and Bourne tells him “Look at us. Look at what they make you give.” Pax lowers his gun and Bourne runs for the edge of the roof, planning to jump into the East River below but as he jumps, Vosen shows up on the roof and shoots him. Some time later, Landy is testifying about the files she had faxed about Black Briar. Elsewhere, Nicky is watching a news report, which says that Kramer is under investigation for his part in Blackbriar, which had occasionally targeted U.S. citizens for assassination, while Vosen and Hirsch had been arrested for their roles. When the news report says that Bourne’s body had not been found after a 3 day search, Nicky smiles as she realizes that Bourne had survived and is still out there somewhere.

The Bourne Ultimatum met with high praise from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “The Bourne Ultimatum is an intelligent, finely tuned non-stop thrill ride. Another strong performance from Matt Damon and sharp camerawork from Paul Greengrass make this the finest installment of the Bourne trilogy.” The movie was a box office hit, earning $442.8 million off of a $110 million budget, making it the highest grossing movie in the franchise. The Bourne Ultimatum was the only movie to be nominated for an Academy Award and won in all three categories that it was nominated in; Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

In my opinion, this really was one of the best, if not the best, movie in the franchise. The acting was great, with Matt Damon (Bourne), Joan Allen (Landy), and Julia Stiles (Nicky) doing great jobs reprising their roles. I really liked David Strathairn, whose portrayal of Vosen made him a great protagonist against Bourne. The story was really good, doing a decent job of trying to tie up everything and not leave things too confusing. I did like that there was no real resolution to Bourne’s memory loss, as he regained a lot of his memory but still was spotty as to his time before Treadstone. I also liked the open ending it had as the fact that he survived meant he was free to come back for more movies, but it was not vital that he do so. The action and stunt scenes were just as good as the previous movies and I especially liked the early scene with Bourne leading Ross through the terminal to avoid the CIA while simultaneously taking out members of the team as it added a great bit of tension to make the scene more effective. A great movie and a good way to end the original trilogy of films.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

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Flashback Review: June 1st, 2014 Movie – The Bourne Supremacy

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Well, I just have one month of flashback reviews to go, then the couple of movies I have bought this year and I will be able to take my break. Now for the matter at hand, this was yet another movie whose trailers had piqued my interest but I did not see in theaters. In fact, I didn’t see The Bourne Supremacy until I rented it along with The Bourne Identity several years after they had come out on video. Now obviously I wanted to watch it, and my buying the movie not withstanding, but the question remains as to just how good of a movie this actually was.

The plot: Two years after the events in Paris, Jason Bourne is living in Goa, India with his girlfriend Marie. Bourne still can’t remember everything about his past with Treadstone but sometimes, he has flashbacks of things when he dreams and has taken to writing them down in a notebook. Elsewhere, CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy is in Berlin overseeing a $3 million payoff to a Russian source who has with him the “Neski” files, details about a $20 million theft several years ago. As the source arrives at the building and makes contact with Pamela’s buyer, Kirill, a member of Russia’s Federal Security Service, plants some explosives on the power junction box, planting a fingerprint on one of them. Kirill then sets off the explosives, with the one that has the fingerprint planted on it failing to detonate, then heads up to the now darkened room, where he kills the source and everyone there, then takes the money and files. The next morning, Kirill meets with Russian oligarch Yuri Gretkov, who gives him his payment for the files, then tells Kirill he will get the rest when he finishes his job, passing him the information on his next target. Some time later, Kirill arrives in Goa and asks the manager of the telegraph office if he has seen Bourne, but Bourne spots him and, figuring that Kirill is after him, quickly heads back to his home to get his jeep. Driving into town, he sees Marie at a diner and honks his horn to pick her up, telling her that their blown, and spots Kirill on the nearby beach. Believing Treadstone is after them, Bourne drives off with Marie and after he manages to lose Kirill, he has Marie switch places so she is driving. They head for a nearby bridge, where Bourne plans on jumping out so that he can ambush Kirill when he follows after Marie but Kirill had gone to a nearby hill and fires at the car, hitting Marie and causing the jeep to crash off the bridge and into the river below. Bourne survives the crash and after getting Marie’s body out of the car, he kisses her goodbye before letting her float to the surface while he swims off in another direction. Back in Berlin, the investigation team finds the fingerprint on the explosive and when Landy’s team goes to match it, they find themselves blocked by a demand for clearance due to the print being flagged by Treadstone so she orders her team to head back to Langley. Kirill heads back to Russia and meets with Yuri to tell him Bourne is dead and Yuri gives him the rest of his money, telling him he will contact him in a month. Back in Goa, Bourne watches as Marie’s body is fished out of the river, then heads home, grabbing all of the weapons and supplies he stashed there, burning several of his fake passports and pictures, then leaves India. In Langley, Landy tells the director that she needs level 5 clearance so she can follow up on their lead and he gives it to her, allowing her to match the fingerprint to Jason Bourne. After reading up on the files, Landy meets with Deputy Director Ward Abbott and talks to him about Treadstone, Bourne, and Conklin but he doesn’t say much to her. Landy is attending a meeting with the Director and the other Deputy Directors, where she tells them about the theft of $20 million and how a Russian politician named Neski had contacted them and said it was an inside job but before he could give them the information, he was killed. The case had gone cold until their recent contact but he was apparently killed by Bourne, whom Landy believes was working with Conklin and had stolen the money, then killed anyone that could prove it. Meanwhile, Bourne is picked up and detained in Naples and when Landy hears this, she asks what assets they have there and rushes to contact the local police to let them know who they are holding. In Naples, Bourne is being interrogated by the local CIA agent when Landy’s assistant calls him to tell him about Bourne but when the agent hangs up, Bourne quickly knocks out the agent and the guard watching him. Bourne then takes the agent’s phone and copies the sim card before grabbing his stuff and leaving, blocking the door so they can’t follow him. As Bourne gets in the agent’s car, Landy calls the agent and Bourne is able to listen in, learning about his being blamed for the deaths in Berlin and that Landy is the one looking for him now. Landy is heading back to Berlin, and the Director orders Ward to accompany her so they can finally capture Bourne. Bourne heads to Berlin and as he does, he has another flashback from an assignment Conklin gave him. Meanwhile, Ward heads to the Netherlands to pick up Nicky Parsons, Bourne’s Treadstone handler in Paris, and Landy questions her about Bourne and Treadstone. Elsewhere, Bourne heads to Munich, where Jarda, another former Treadstone operative, lives. Bourne subdues Jarda and questions him about Conklin and Treadstone and learns that Conklin is dead and Treadstone has been shut down. When Jarda apologizes, Bourne realizes that he must have somehow contacted the CIA and goes to leave when Jarda attacks him. Bourne manages to kill Jarda, then rigs the house to explode just as the CIA show up. Bourne then heads to the Berlin Airport and after placing some of his items in a storage locker, he calls several hotels until he finds the one that Landy is staying in, then figures out who she is and follows her to the Berlin office. As Landy, is speaking with her team about Bourne, Bourne heads to a nearby rooftop so he can observe Landy and her team, then calls Landy. As he talks with Landy, Landy’s comments prompt another flashback, causing him to hesitate. As Bourne recovers, he notices Nicky standing next to Landy and tells Landy he wants to come in but wants someone he can trust to bring him in. When Landy asks who, Bourne tells her Nicky and where to meet and when Landy asks what will happen if she can’t find Nicky that quickly, Bourne tells her that she is standing right next to her, revealing to all of them that he was watching them. Landy and her team work to figure out a plan for the meeting but Ward wants to use the opportunity to kill Bourne, prompting an argument between Landy and Ward. Nicky heads to the meeting spot and as the CIA agents keep track of her, a crowd shows up just as Bourne calls and tells Nicky to get onto an approaching tram. As the tram approaches it’s next stop, Bourne grabs Nicky and forces her off the train before Landy can have her men get her out of there, then starts questioning her about Landy.  When Nicky tells him about the matter in Berlin, Bourne tells her that he was in India watching Marie die when that happened. Bourne asks her what Landy was buying and when Nicky says information about Conklin and a Russian politician, Bourne recalls Neski’s name and asks Nicky when was he on assignment in Berlin but she tells him that he was never on a job here or if he was, it wasn’t in his file, and Bourne threatens to shoot her but then leaves, leaving her frightened in a bathroom stall. Landy, who had overheard everything Bourne had said due to Nicky’s wire, begins checking to see if what Bourne said is true, though Ward argues against it. Ward’s assistant, Danny Zorn, then has Ward follow him to where they botched buy occurred and tells him that he believes Bourne was set up to cover for someone else’s crime and Ward ends up killing him. Meanwhile, Bourne looks up the information on Neski’s murder, then heads to the hotel where the death occurred, remembering everything that occurred and how he killed both Neski and his wife. As Bourne is in the room Neski died in, the hotel manager had gotten the report to hold Bourne for questioning and calls the police, which alerts the CIA to where he is. Bourne makes his way to the roof and manages to get away from the hotel but when a patrol officer spots him, he is forced to make a run for it, eventually managing to get away by jumping onto a passing barge, then using a boat hook to grab onto the underside of a bridge as it passes underneath it, then climbing up the bridge and boarding a train. Landy and her team investigate the hotel when they learn about Danny Zorn’s death and Landy tells her assistant to stay on Bourne while she goes to see Ward. Meanwhile, Ward calls Yuri and tells him that the CIA is onto the Neski murder and that he needs to kill Bourne but Yuri says that he doesn’t need him anymore and then hangs up. As Ward hangs up the phone, he senses Bourne behind him as Bourne asks him why he killed Marie. Ward tells him it was an accident as he was supposed to be killed so that when the files went missing and he was blamed, the CIA would be chasing a ghost for years without learning his involvement. Bourne moves to kill him but then stops, saying that Marie wouldn’t want him to kill him, then stops the recording of their conversation and leaves. Later, Landy goes to Ward’s room to confront him about Zorn’s death and Ward tells her he isn’t sorry for what happened, then kills himself. Later, Landy is listening to the recording Bourne had made, as he had left it at the hotel addressed for her, and her assistant tells her that Langley wants to know what the update on Bourne is when her team sees Bourne boarding a train for Moscow and LAndy contacts the Russian Interior. In Moscow, Yuri approaches Kirill outside the club he had been in and tells him Bourne is alive. Bourne takes a taxi to an address just as the police arrive at the train station and start questioning people about Bourne, eventually learning where he went. Bourne arrives at the address he wanted and as he asks where the Neski’s daughter is, he learns that she had moved out of the city. When his taxi suddenly takes off, Bourne realizes the police are close by and he rushes off before they can get there. Kirill is driving to the location when he spots Bourne and he quickly gets out of his car and shoots at him, hitting him in the shoulder, but the police show up and detain Kirill, allowing Bourne to get away. Bourne tries to evade the police but then ends up in a brief altercation before stealing a cab and driving off. As he works on stopping the bleeding in his shoulder, Bourne drives through traffic and manages to elude his pursuers until Kirill catches up to him but Bourne manages to shoot out Kirill’s tire, then force him to crash into a barricade. An injured Bourne gets out of his car and approaches Kirill only to find him near death and he quickly leaves the scene. As Landy arrives in Moscow and helps the FSB arrest Yuri, Bourne heads to where Neski’s daughter lives and breaks into her apartment to wait for her. When she arrives home, Bourne tells her that her mother didn’t kill her father and then kill herself like the papers said, but that he killed them and staged the scene, then apologizes for the pain he caused her as he leaves. Some time later, Landy is in her office in New York City when she receives a call from Bourne, asking her why she is still looking for him. Landy thanks him for the tape that he sent her that closed the case on the Neski files and Bourne goes to leave when Landy stops him. Landy then tells him his real name is David Webb and gives him his birth date and hometown and asks him to come in but Bourne doesn’t respond for a while, then tells Landy to get some rest as she looks tired, revealing he had been watching her when he made the call.

The Bourne Supremacy met with mostly favorable reviews from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills.” To give this movie its gritty, documentary-style appearance, director Paul Greengrass used mostly handheld cameras, and a muted color palette. Greengrass also made sure to avoid computer graphics at all costs, and all of the stunts shown in the movie were achieved practically.The movie was a box office success, earning $288.5 million off of a $75 million budget.

I have to say, I honestly liked this movie a little better than the first one. I thought the acting was good, with Matt Damon doing a great job reprising his role as Jason Bourne. I also thought Brian Cox (Ward) and Julia Stiles (Nicky) were good as well, while Joan Allen made a great new foil for Bourne, though she seemed to also be somewhat of an ally at the end. Though it differed from the book that it was titled after, the plot was actually pretty good. The only problem I had with it is that they seriously had this set up as the middle part of a trilogy, without really announcing that there was going to be a trilogy. Everything in the movie seemed to be set up to give more background into Bourne’s past with Treadstone, while the ending was a total set up for a future movie. The action scenes were incredible and definite some of the best coordinated stuff I had seen in a while, at that point in time. The fact that they didn’t use any CGI in the movie really made them seem that much more impressive. A great movie and definitely an outstanding follow up to the original movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Flashback Review: May 31st, 2014 Movie – The Bourne Identity

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So when I first hear about this movie, I did the thing I normally do when a movie based on a book comes out, I went to read the book first. Unfortunately, it took me forever to read the book. I don’t know why, but every time I tried to read it it would put me to sleep. Putting my efforts to read the book to the side, I didn’t get a chance to see The Bourne Identity when it was in theaters nor did I immediately rent it when it came out on DVD. My first time watching it was actually watching about a third of it on TV one day. This prompted me to end up renting it and eventually, buy a box set containing the first three movies in the set.

The plot: In the Mediterranean Sea, a n Italian fishing boat is out at sea during a storm when they see an unconscious man floating in the water and rescue him. As they bring him into the cabin, the ship’s captain discovers two bullet wounds in the man and as he tends to the wounds, he finds a strange capsule in the man’s hip and removes that as well, discovering that it contains an account number for a bank in Zurich. Suddenly, the man regains consciousness and attacks the doctor but as the doctor explains that they found him and asks his name, the man can’t remember who he is. Elsewhere, a CIA agent working for a black ops program  known as Operation Treadstone, tells the program’s director, Alexander Conklin, that their mission had failed. Back on the boat, the amnesiac man finds that he can remember how to do some things, like tie knots and speak several languages, but still doesn’t remember who he is. When the boat arrives in Italy, the captain gives the amnesiac some money that will enable him to get to Switzerland and wishes him luck on his journey. When he gets to Switzerland, the amnesiac ends up being harassed by some police when he is found sleeping in a park but when they go to arrest him, he instinctively grabs their batons and knocks them out, then gets freaked out by what he did and quickly runs away. Meanwhile, Nykwana Wombosi, an exiled African dictator, is giving an interview in Paris, France claiming to have survived an assassination attempts. In CIA Headquarters in Langley, the director is telling his deputy directors about Wombosi’s claim and that he wants them to put him back into power or else he will tell the world that they were behind the attempt. After the meeting is dispersed, Deputy Director Ward Abbott meets with Conklin to find out what happened and is upset that he didn’t tell him that their asset has disappeared until now. Back in Switzerland, the amnesiac heads to the bank when it opens and after giving them the account number listed in the chip, he is led to a high security safety deposit box. After the box is taken to a secure viewing room, the man finds a passport with the name Jason Bourne on it, as well as several other items. Noticing a second layer to the box, he pulls out the top part and finds a large quantity of money, several more passports with different names on them, and a gun. Deciding to take the passport saying he is Jason Bourne, Bourne, grabs all the money and everything else in the safety deposit box, leaving the gun inside, then leaves the bank, unaware that the bank manager is making a phone call to Treadstone about Bourne. Bourne makes a phone call to Paris, trying to ensure that he does live at the address listed on the passport but when he notices that the police seem to be taking an interest in him, he hangs up and quickly leaves, with some police officers following him. Bourne uses his passport to head into the American consulate but when he changes his mind about his plan and goes to leave, he is detained by the guards. Bourne quickly subdues the three guards that try to capture him, then attempts to leave the building, grabbing a guards radio so he can keep tabs on their attempts at capturing him. Bourne makes his way up to the roof  and after avoiding being detected, he climbs down the wall and grabs the bag that he dropped. Bourne heads down an alley and notices Marie Kreutz, a German woman that had been at the consulate when Bourne was there, and offers her $10,000 to drive him to Paris and she refuses initially but, needing the money, she agrees to drive him. Meanwhile, Treadstone is busy confirming that Bourne is still alive and when they see the picture from a video camera and hear the report about the consulate, Conklin orders several of their assets, Castel, Manheim, and the Professor, to be activated and sent after Bourne. They eventually spot where Bourne had met up with Marie in the alley and after getting Marie’s information, they send that to Nicky Parsons, a handler in Paris, so she can send their pictures to the authorities so they can be detained. Back in Europe, Bourne tells Marie about his amnesia and the weird things he does know and she doesn’t quite believe him but continues to drive him to Paris. When they arrive at the address on Bourne’s passport, Bourne pays her the rest of the money he promised but Marie, having become interested in Bourne, doesn’t want to leave just yet and Bourne invites her inside. When they ring the doorbell, the housekeeper for the building happily greets Bourne and lets him in and they head upstairs to his unit. Inside, they both look around his place before Marie asks to use the bathroom. As she is gone, Bourne hits the redial on his phone and when he gets the hotel, asks for Jason Bourne and when they have no record of him, he asks for John Michael Kane, one of the names that was on another passport. He is told that Kane had died 2 weeks ago and he starts to get paranoid, searching the house after grabbing a knife from the kitchen. When Marie exits the bathroom, he drops the knife behind a doorway, out of her sight, but as they talk, they are suddenly attacked by Castel. Bourne defends himself and manages to disable Castel and he throws Marie Castel’s bag and has her go through it while he questions Castel. When Marie finds pictures of them from the consulate, she freaks out and starts yelling at Castel about how he got her picture and as Bourne tends to her, Castel jumps out the window, killing himself. Bourne helps Marie outside, as she has gone into shock, and after driving away from the scene, they head to the bus station, where Bourne heads inside to hide the bulk of the money. When he returns to the car, he finds Marie had left but soon sees her returning from the shop she had gone into. As he tries to tell her to go to the police and get away from him, as it would be safer for her to get away from him, he notices the police approaching them and asks her one more time to leave but she buckles her seatbelt, choosing to stay with him. Bourne begins driving and after causing several cops to crash, manages to eventually lose the police, then they quickly leave the car. Meanwhile, Wombosi goes to the Paris morgue to look at the body of Kane, who was the person that had attempted to assassinate him, but when he examines the body, he says it is not the same person as the body was not shot. Later, Nicky contacts Conklin and tells him that Wombosi wasn’t fooled so Conklin orders the Professor to kill Wombosi. Later, Abbott confronts Conklin about Wombosi’s murder but Conklin blames Bourne for the assassination and says that with the mission completed, he should be checking in within 24 hours, Meanwhile, Bourne helps Marie to dye her hair and afterwards, they end up having sex. The next day, Bourne has Marie help him get some information from the hotel that Kane was staying at and after she gets him the phone records, he begins calling people that Kane had called, eventually getting a meeting at one of the companies. When he goes to the meeting, Bourne is shocked to find that they know him as Kane. As Bourne tells Marie what he learned, she tells him that she found Kane in the morgue and they head there to examine the body only to find that it has been taken already, claimed by Kane’s “brother”. Bourne grabs the register and learns that Wombosi had gone to see the body but when they go to Wombosi’s place, theylearn about his assassination. Bourne and Marie head back to their hotel but when Bourne notices the police heading towards them, he has the cab driver pull over and tells Marie that they have to leave. Learning that the police are looking for them, Marie wants to get away from Bourne but he tells her he will take her wherever she wants to go and she won’t have to see him again but for now, they have to stick together. Back in Langley, Abbott confronts Conklin about Bourne’s not coming in yet and Conklin tells him he will take of things. Conklin then decides to have his men search Marie’s past and figure out anyone she might go to for help in the hopes of finding Bourne. Marie tries contacting an old friend of hers but when she gets no answer, she has Bourne drive her there, thinking it would be empty and they could hide there. When they get there, they find evidence that her friend is there and Bourne wants to leave but her friend shows up and they are forced to bluff and stay the night. Meanwhile, Conklin’s men are able to trace Marie’s call and figure out where she is going and give the information to the Professor so he can kill Bourne. The next day, Bourne and Marie are getting ready to leave but when her friend’s kids say their dog is missing, Bourne realizes that an assassin is there for them and tells everyone to hide in the basement. Bourne grabs a shotgun from a shelf and heads out, shooting a fuel supply in order to mask his movements from the Professor. Bourne is able to get the drop on the Professor and starts questioning him, learning about Treadstone before the Professor dies. Marie’s friend is getting ready to leave and Bourne give Marie some money so she can leave with them and start a new life somewhere where she will be safe. After they leave, Bourne goes through the Professor’s things and when he finds a phone, he calls the number programmed in it, eventually getting connected to Conklin. Conklin tells Bourne to come in but Bourne knows he will try to kill him again and instead tells him to meet him in Paris that afternoon and to come alone. Bourne heads to the meeting point early and observes it from a nearby rooftop. He sees Conklin arrive but since he sees Conklin’s team with him, he calls Conklin and tells him that since he didn’t come alone, he was leaving, then places a tracking device on Conklin’s car. Conklin tells Nicky to begin deleting all the files and computers at the office and heads over there. As they finish cleaning out the place, Bourne creates a distraction that allows him to sneak in, disabling their security systems as he does. Conklin grabs a gun and starts looking for Bourne but Bourne gets the drop on him and has him drop his gun. As Bourne tries to get answers from Conklin about what Treadstone is, Conklin tries to find out what happened with the mission involving Wombosi. As Conlin lists what Bourne had told him about his plan, Bourne suddenly remembers his attempt on Wombosi and how he couldn’t bring himself to kill him as his kids where there with him. Bourne tells Conklin that Jason Bourne is dead and if he sees anyone coming after him, he will bring everything about Treadstone to light. Suddenly, Bourne notices that Conklin’s radio was live and he knocks Conklin out, then takes out the guards before walking away. Conklin leaves the building shortly after Bourne and ends up being gunned down by Manheim, who had been ordered to kill Conklin by Abbott, then Abbott orders Treadstone to be shut down. Some time later, Abbott is testifying before a Congressional panel about Treadstone and after successfully telling them that it had been shut down, he then starts telling them about a new project called Black Briar. Elsewhere, Marie has opened up a scooter rental shop on Mykonos and when Bourne shows up at her shop, she smiles before rushing over and hugging him.

The Bourne Identity met with mostly praise from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers — and then some.” The movie was a box office success, earning $214 million off of a $60 million budget and would go on to spawn 4 sequels. While it is not the only movie to share plot points with the Bourne series of books, The Bourne Identity is the only movie in the series to remotely resemble the plot of the book of which it was named, as 2016’s Jason Bourne shared some plot points with “The Bourne Supremacy”.

Yes, it differs from the book but this is still a good movie on it’s own merit. The acting was good, with Matt Damon doing a great job as Jason Bourne. Franka Potente and Chris Cooper did great jobs in their roles as Marie and Conklin respectively and I also liked Brian Cox (Abbott), Julia Stiles (Nicky), and Clive Owen (The Professor), though their roles were limited. The story was pretty good, with the differences in the plot between the movie and the book making for a more straightforward story without dealing with the somewhat complex plot point involving “The Jackal”. The action scenes, such as the fights and the chase scene in Paris, were very well done and definitely added to the excitement without detracting away from the suspense of the story. All in all, this was a great movie and definitely helped introduce a new action hero to the silver screen.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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November 25th, 2017 Movie – State And Main

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Sometimes, when you least expect it, a good movie will absolutely drop into your lap. That is the case with today’s movie. Years ago, my roommate had commented on this movie and how much she loved it. She had bought it on DVD and one night my wife and I ended up watching it with her. I had to agree that it was as funny as she said it was and I decided to get a copy of my own after she moved out. So let’s have some laughs with today’s movie, State And Main.

The plot: In the small town of Waterford, Vt, director Walt Price and his assistant Bill Smith are planning on shooting their movie in town after being kicked out of Vermont. When their camera asks if the mill set that the built had come in from New Hampshire, Walt says that the town in New Hampshire is holding it for ransom but Waterford has their own mill to use. After renting out the only hotel in, Walt has his people start coming in from New Hampshire and begins preparing to make the movie. The mayor shows up at the hotel to talk to Walt about the use of Main Street and says the town council will have to issue a permit but assures him it is merely a formality and invites Walt to have dinner at his house. As Walt is on the phone with Marty Rossen, the movie’s producer, Bill tells Walt that the old mill had burned down. Joseph “Joe” Turner White, the movie’s script writer, shows up and Walt tells him about the trouble with the mill and asks that he re-write the movie without the mill but Joseph says he can’t as he doesn’t have his typewriter. Meanwhile, everyone in town is excited about the movie being filmed here, and that Bob Barrenger is starring in it, except for Doug Mackenzie, a local politician. Joe spots a typewriter in a bookstore and asks the shopkeeper, Annie Black, about renting it until his typewriter is found. She offers to sell it to him, saying it has history, but Joe says his does too as he wrote his first play and is shocked to discover that Annie has a copy of his play in her shop. When Joe returns to the hotel, he meets with Bob and Walt, who are going over some of the scenes in the movie, and when they keep asking him to make changes, he quits the movie. As he is leaving, he passes by Annie, who was bringing him his typewriter, and he tells her he doesn’t need it. He then tells her about his dilemma and how he is currently suffering from writer’s block and she tries to convince him to stay on with the movie, as does Walt when he catches up to Joe at the train station. When Claire Wellesley, Bob’s co-star, arrives in town, she is excited to meet with Joe and thanks him for writing the part she is playing, but is upset to learn that the scene with the old mill is being changed, as that is why she agreed to do the movie. Joe meets with Annie, who had read his script and loved it so she helps him try to make changes to the scenery without losing anything from his script. Meanwhile, Claire is upset over the fact that she is supposed to do a topless scene and Walt manages to convince her to do it until she hears a crew member remarking about her, causing her to break down in tears and demand an additional $800,000 to do the scene. Joe and Annie end up getting closer to each other and after Joe leaves, Annie breaks things off with Doug, who was her fiance. Back at the hotel, Joe interrupts a meeting between Claire, Walt, and Marty, sticking up for Claire in the process, and after she leaves, Walt and Marty demand the rewrites for the script and Joe says he can’t type, as he injured his finger when he got a fish hook stuck in it while talking with Annie. Joe returns to his room and is surprised when Claire shows up to thank him for standing up for her, then attempts to seduce him but Joe tells her that he met someone and they couldn’t do this. When Joe answers a knock on the door, he is shocked to see Annie there and she explains that she was hired to be his typist but he tells her that now is not a good time, trying to get her to leave before she sees the naked Claire, who was hiding in the closet. Annie leaves but comes back to give Joe the fish hook as a memento and sees Claire in the room with Joe and Joe attempts to lie but then tells her the truth and Annie says she believes him and leaves, not seeing Carla, the underage daughter of the local diner owner, sneaking out of Bob Barrenger’s room. The next day, Joe is trying to figure out the re-writes to the script and Annie offers to help him and when she accidentally hits his injured finger, he gets an inspiration for how to do the scene. At the hotel, Claire is leaving after being insulted by Marty and Walt tells Marty to give her the money for the scene when Joe shows up and tells them that they can have her facing away from the camera, so the audience doesn’t see her tits, just Bob’s reaction to them. Walt and Marty think it is genius and Walt has a runner catch Claire at the airport before she makes her flight. Later that night, Joe is walking the town to get some more ideas when a car hits a pot hole and crashes into a traffic light. Joe goes over and helps Bob out of the car but Bob is concerned with Carla, who crawls out the other side, and he tells her to leave so she isn’t seen with him. Returning to the hotel, Bob is treated by the town doctor and afterwards, chastised by Walt and Marty for what happened. Joe leaves and ends up running into Annie and as the two keep getting closer, they try to kiss but are constantly interrupted. The next day, Joe is going over some of the script changes with Walt, Marty, Bob, and Claire, who are all happy about the changes, and want to celebrate but Joe says he can’t as he has a date. Meanwhile, Doug is drinking at the bar to get over Annie dumping him when the doctor comes in and comments about having to remove glass from three people’s heads. When Doug asks him about it, the doctor says Bob and one of the cameramen on the movie, who had broken the stained glass window at the firehouse so he could shoot inside, but doesn’t mention the third. However, Doug sees Carla, who is helping out at the bar, and realizes from her injuries that she was in the car with Bob. Doug takes Carla, her father, and the sheriff to the hotel to accuse Bob of statutory rape and when they encounter Marty, Carla swears that she wasn’t with Bob but when she sees Bob and Claire getting into an argument while they were having sex, she quickly accuses him of taking advantage of her. As Doug makes plans on how to handle this, Marty, who is serving as Bob’s lawyer, says that Carla’s statement won’t stand in court as she changed it from one minute to the next. Doug realizes they are right as he sits at the bar but one of the movie crew, upset that Walt wouldn’t give him time off to go be at the birth of his son, tells him the Joe saw the accident. Doug calls the mayor, who is upset that Walt and the others skipped out on the planned dinner (due to a gofer accidentally writing it on the wrong day on the calendar) calls the state police to help with the situation. As the media shows up due to the buzz surrounding Bob’s arrest, Marty tries to get Joe to lie about witnessing the accident and when Joe goes before the judge to give his deposition, he ends up lying. After leaving the courthouse, Joe can’t face Annie so he packs his bag to leave but when he gets to the train station, he learns that the court house had burned down years ago and the judge to hear his deposition was just arriving. Heading back to where he gave his deposition, he finds that it was simply a high school lab that had been made to look like a court room, and Annie sitting there, explaining she figured he needed to get the lie out of his system. The two head to where he is actually supposed to give the deposition only to find that Doug has dropped the case, after being bribed by Marty with the money that had initially been meant for Claire. Joe and Annie kiss while Doug gives a televised speech, talking about people deserving second chances and how he plans on heading to congress, all while keeping the bag full of cash out of view from the camera. With the situation resolved, work begins on the movie and as the whole town comes out to watch.

State And Main met with high praise from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “State and Main offers plenty of wit and laughs in its lampoons of the movie industry.” In the movie, a fictional company called “Bazoomer.com” wanted to do some product placement within the movie (with a sign for a company called Bazoomercom, with a bullet hole serving as the period accomplishing this) and if you go to Bazoomer.com, you will see a white page with the phrase “Go You Huskies” in bold letters and a link to why the 1975 huskies didn’t win the state championship (which leads to a blank page as the reason was never mentioned in the movie). Despite the good reviews, the movie was a small hit at the box office, earning $9.2 million dollars worldwide.

This is a great movie and one that is well worth watching. The acting was fantastic, with everyone involved doing a great job in their roles, with Philip Seymour Hoffman (Joe) and Rebecca Pidgeon (Annie) showing great chemistry together. The story was great, with the dialogue showing some real whit and humor that is different from most comedies. There really wasn’t any physical comedy, more a matter of great writing and situational comedy setting the tone, while snarkiness and dry wit, as well as the crispness of the delivery, made for a lot of humor. Definitely something that is worth watching many, many times.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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