Sunday, July 31, 2016

Damning Iceland & Greece: Jason Bourne & the "Tipping Point"

This is a rather odd poster: "You know his name,". . . ? What kind of a tagline is that supposed to be? The kind of tagline that says, "Are you concerned about someone breaching your privacy? You've breached his by the very fact that you know his name, therefore, privacy doesn't exist." In other words, that--trust me--you have no personal rights and no right to complain about not having any personal rights, but these "other words" are dare not spoken in the film, That thin beam of light slashing through Bourne's body? We can take that as a metaphor of the film: we will only see about as much meaning in the film as light (which stands for enlightenment) which crosses Bourne's body, while we will be left "in the dark" about the rest of the film's meaning (because the film makers are inherently more intelligent than we are, they believe). What about the gun? There are several anti-2nd Amendment films coming out--not to mention the constant stream of politicians and liberal stars saying how much they hate guns and gun control needs to be enforced--so why is the gun in the light in this poster? The gun is in the light, but the hand holding the gun is in the dark, suggesting that it's okay for him to have a gun because of the people he's going to kill with it, but no one else should have one. Please note, he's also wearing a watch (which I didn't notice him doing in the film). Watches typically signify history, so that it's "in the dark," suggests they are going to talk about a part of thistory that has been kept "in the dark" (like the rotten scandals plaguing the countries where they film) and what they are supporting on the international stage.
It's been well publicized that Matt Damon has only 25 lines in Jason Bourne; the question is, why? It makes it easier for the film makers to not have to say certain things, and still make money, even while they are drawing important lines, cutting the audience off from the hero of the film. Locations are always important to a film, but Jason Bourne makes them particularly important; in connecting the dots between European locations, we realize the true intent of the film, and the meaning of two of the 25 lines Damon has in the film.
Let's start with Iceland.
When Heather Lee tracks down Nicky, she tells Dewey she thinks Nicky will use the Greek protests taking place "as cover," and Heather is wrong about that: Nicky isn't using the protests "as cover," she's using the protests to expose who she really is and what she really believes; she sets the meeting with Bourne in "Constitution Square" because she believes Bourne will care as much as she does, so it's a rude awakening when he doesn't; the files Nicky has found--like all the hacking taking place against the US government and Democratic National Convention--is meant to fuel the kind of protests happening in Greece, not be pushed off to the side and forgotten. Nicky, in other words, has been working all this time; Bourne has been doing nothing but surviving, which, ultimately, is what he tells us to do: just survive and don't do anything else. Now, on a slightly different note, Nicky contacts Bourne by going to a place she finds out where he's fighting; we've seen this before in Guy Ritchie's 2009 Sherlock Holmes when Irene Adler goes to where Holmes is fighting and leaves her card; Nicky leaves a note for Bourne telling him where to meet her; (the guy Bourne fights even looked like Guy Ritchie at first) why would the film makers do this? Revenge. In Sherlock Holmes, who runs the government? Satanists. Blackwood is the worst of the Satanists, but Blackwood's father and the others are all Satanists, too, and Holmes exposes them for being so. Now, it wasn't until Independence Day: Resurgence came out that I realized what Democrats were doing, namely, (and trust me, I know this seems bizarre and insane, but there is just too much evidence piling up for this to be discounted) that Democrats would rather call on Satan to help them keep power and implement socialism in the US and througout the world, than to lose power and see all the damage they have done be un-done (please see A Controlled Dive: Independence Day for more). REMEMBER, and this is discussed below, Bourne beats up the guy named "Christian" and refuses to join him in exposing government corruption because Bourne isn't on his side. Then, there is also the situation below (in the discussion about Las Vegas) suggesting that Jason Bourne also quotes Godzilla because of the reference to "the devil" which takes place in that film.
Now, the question: why does Nicky die? A character only dies if they represent something or do something which the artist (in this case, film makers) find disagreeable or abhorrent, and want it to cease existing; this is the purpose of the conflict in any art work, and different characters will take on different traits to symbolize what the main character is going through and how the hero purges themselves of bad qualities (vices) while enhancing their strong qualities (virtues). There is, in other words, no such thing as an "expendable character:" either a character is seen as virtuous and worth keeping around by the artist(s) or possessing some vice and therefore, that character needs to be killed off in order for the hero to be successful (yes, there are times when the hero isn't quite yet strong enough to kill off a vice within themselves, and those are called "sequels"). In the case of Nicky, if the film makers had seen her as being virtuous and good, they would have saved her, but what does one of the CIA operatives say when they are tracking her? She's by "the statue of Athena," and that is the big bombshell of why she dies: Athena symbolizes law and order, justice and wisdom, all things we have seen clearly absent in the Obama administration; Nicky being by the statue of Athena symbolizes that Nicky, too, wants these things (as she is being chased by these government officials trying to unlawfully kill her, she is drawn to a symbol of order and justice, Athena [no, this isn't a pagan reference, it's cultural because they are in Athens] but The Asset will get her regardless because these are the days of lawlessness. The same Democrats who allowed a a satanic statue by The Satanic Temple in Detroit, would tear down a statue of Athena, just as statues of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Marx have been torn down by capitalists in the past.  
Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) has been in hiding in Iceland, researching what the CIA has been doing; hacking into their system, she discovers they are planning an even worse operations than the Treadstone program Bourne was trained for; she then goes to Greece; she leaves Bourne a note telling him to meet her at Syntagma Square as a political protest gets under way. When Nicky tells Bourne what is happening, he replies that he doesn't care anymore and all he wants is to stay off the grid and survive; a few minutes later, Nicky is shot dead (which means she has always been "dead" in the film, and now they are delivering their thesis about why she is "dead" and it's because Nicky is like people trying to expose Hillary Clinton over Benghazi and leaked emails, and the film makers of Jason Bourne "aren't on our side" as Bourne himself later says). This is everything we need to know about what this film is about.
In this scene, outside of Athens, close to the Greek-Albanian border (that's important, we'll deal with it in a moment), Bourne engages in an illegal fight, which is why they have to go outside the city, and he fights a Russian, Vassily; Bourne deals a death blow to the Russian with one hit; why? Russia turned  away from communism to capitalism. Why? Communism didn't work; this is supposed to be a show of power by liberals that their man Bourne is better than Russia and can put Russia in its place, on the ground. Now, where are they in this scene? Close to the Albanian border; why? Albania provides universal healthcare and free education to its citizens, so this opening scene is supposed to invoke the stability of Albania in wake of the instability of Greece. So, if Jason Bourne is so liberal, why do we have a white, heterosexual (he's been in male-female relationships as far as we know) male as the hero? Because he's weak. If you can't get rid of all the white men, at least show them as being liberal, or at least weak and barely effectual. Given Bourne's body count in this latest film, you might argue he's hardly "ineffectual," but the truth is, what he does in the film doesn't make a difference, not really, not to himself or anyone else.  He get's vengeance for his father's death, that his father really invited upon himself, big deal. Jason Bourne doesn't do anything else, he doesn't make a difference, and his life is still the same afterwards as it was before. That's propaganda, subtle, yes, but still propaganda, and one of the reasons why the film isn't impressive: in America, we believe one person can make a difference; we believe that, individually and as a culture. This film doesn't. At one point in the film, we see Bourne in the bathroom, washing his face with water in the sink and looking at himself in the mirror; a few scenes later, we see his nemesis, The Asset, do the exact same thing; why? Neither man likes what they see, but neither man changes the way they are. Why not? The film wants us to believe that we don't really have free choice. When Bourne comes face to face with Dewey at the end, Dewey tells him that he was never "David Webb," he was always "Jason Bourne," and with 32 kills, that's what he is, a killer. Jason Bourne can't be changed, he can't be "born again," and, by the end of the film, he doesn't want to.
Between 2008-2011, all 3 major Icelandic financial institutions defaulted on their debts, leaving the country in crisis: "Relative to the size of its economy, Iceland's systemic banking collapse was the largest experienced by any country in economic history" (Wikipedia); what does this have to do with Jason Bourne? The protests taking place in Greece when Bourne and Nicky meet up again after ten years of silence between them is because Greece, like Iceland, was also experiencing one of its greatest financial crises; the result of both? Citizens in both countries demanding the resignations of political leaders and citizens taking control of the governments themselves; this is the significance of Nicky telling Bourne to meet her in Syntagma Square, i.e., "Constitution Square," that is where the Greek grassroots of citizens movement, Direct Democracy Now!, meets and organizes (they are like the Tea Part in the US).
What about the other locations in the film, like London and Berlin? Both major European cities have also been rocked by huge demonstrations, in London there have been the protests leading up to the Brexit vote, and Berlin is one of several cities protesting against the massive influx of Middle Eastern refugees into the country; how are all these cities' protests related? All these protests reveal aspects of the Cloward-Piven Strategy maneuvering into these political systems. In 1966, two American sociologists, Cloward and Piven, came up with a means of putting America on the "tipping point" (a phrase that comes up in Jason Bourne) by overloading the American welfare system so there would be a crisis, thereby, mandating socialism and ending poverty,.... or something. So, in Iceland, Greece, London, Berlin and America, we have seen our budgets and GDPs strained beyond compare through various means: immigration and those entering the countries from the outside being supported by those natives and using up all the resources, as well as the accumulations of massive debts, also in the case of each of these countries, especially Iceland, Greece and America. So each of these countries are at the tipping points of going from healthy, prosperous and just, to devastated and lawless, which leads us to Las Vegas. Why is there such a huge chase scene in Vegas? Revenge against the film Godzilla. In Godzilla, the Elvis Presley song, Devil In Disguise plays in Las Vegas, and at that point, The Bible mini-series had been going on; it caused a controversy because the actor portraying the devil was made-up to look like Barack Hussein Obama (please see Erasure & Time: Godzilla for more). There have been a number of other films which have also linked liberals to the devil, including The Conjuring 2, Warcraft and Independence Day. For further proof, consider how the original version of The Manchurian Candidate (1962) was "quoted" at the Las Vegas convention with The Asset getting up high in the vent to assassinate both Aaron and Heather on stage; why would Jason Bourne quote The Manchurian Candidate (the original version, not the one with Denzel Washington)? Revenge. This is re-writing history to show that Americans are the real terrorists in the world, not communists. 
Having come from a country where all the major political figures had been ousted over government scandals and "lack of accountability" (Iceland), then has a meeting during a massive, violent political protest in a country (Greece) trying to do the same political cleansing and then she's dead just moments later, means Nicky Parsons is, ultimately, THE VILLAIN OF JASON BOURNE. Yes, former-girlfriend who wants to expose the nasty business of the corrupt CIA and save Americans from making the same mistakes as Bourne did, is dead; no, not because she's "an expendable character" (how long have they been dragging her through these movies [remember, her code name was "Sparrow?" THAT was a long time ago] only to kill her at the start, instead of Robert Dewey [Tommy Lee Jones] and Heather Lee [Alicia Vikander] wanting to bring Nicky back into the CIA with Bourne? No, this was well-thought-out). Why is she the villain? Because Nicky doesn't want the government being able to do things that are unlawful for it to do (remember, she meets Bourne in "Constitution Square"). What is Jason Bourne's response?
I don't care.
And there's more proof.
Aaron, on the left, has opened up some kind of digital platform called Deep Dream, and it's kind of like Facebook; Aaron took money from the CIA to start up the company and in exchange, the CIA is able to track everyone's everything, EVERYTHING by EVERYONE. When Aaron learns that Nicky hacked the CIA, Aaron fears word will get out that he's allowing the CIA to monitor and spy on his customers through his agreement with them so Aaron backs out and tells Dewey (right) that he's not going to do this anymore; Dewey responds with a Sherman Act anti-trust lawsuit; so Aaron agrees to speak at the Las Vegas convention and attempts to expose the CIA there, but is nearly assassinated by the Asset. What's the point of all this? That's a pretty good question, because it seems to be saying that, in the name of "public safety" personal "privacy" and "rights" don't exist. Jason Bourne mentions Edward Snowden, the former NSA worker who leaked thousands of government documents revealing the massive extent of the government spying on its own citizens and, Aaron, then, is ready to denounce the CIA. So, since Aaron is nearly killed, at the moment he's ready to reveal the incredible power the CIA has with his platform, we can quickly deduce that business exists to serve the government, that Google, Yahoo, Snapchat, Instagram, etc., are all spying on you and me and there is nothing we can do about it AND the film makers of Jason Bourne agree with it; they do not support traditional American values of the privacy of the individual (please see the discussion below on Beirut and how the film targets America as the terrorists instead of the terrorists). Remember, in this discussion taking place above, Dewey tells Aaron that Aaron has to be accountable to the government, the government doesn't have to be accountable to businesses, individuals or itself. Now, here is a perfect example of deconstruction, that is, the film creating a value that it then unravels through its own (poor) logic: Dewey talks about public safety and the need to maintain it, but then there are all these examples of when there is NO public safety; the CIA can't protect anyone--not even themselves--from anything, in spite of all the spying they are doing; sound familiar? Like Obama's administration spying on us all the time and yet never knowing anything or being able to stop terrorist acts.
Remember, Damon has only 25 lines in this film, but he only needs 2 lines. Bourne tracks down Christian Dassault who helped Nicky hack the CIA so Christian can open the files for Bourne (the files are encrypted and infected with malware). As Bourne goes through the files, files about the CIA's massive corruption and unlawful activities, that Nicky gave her life for (and they have just mentioned Nicky), Christian asks Bourne to join him in fighting corrupt institutions, and listen to what Bourne says:
"I'm not on your side."
Christian, who is most assuredly named so as a "target" against Christians, IS THE RAY OF LIGHT IN THE FILM SHINING ON JASON BOURNE and what he has become: a socialist. He's not a patriot, as Heather Lee tells him later in the film, he's a zombie (he doesn't reflect on what is happening in the world or to himself, he's apathetic), and he's happy to stay that way. Why does Christian throw the weights at him? One, because the film makers realize this is a "weighty matter," and two because they recognize the strength behind Christians--not only our numbers but the morality and historical accuracy  of our arguments--ultimately, however, the film makers don't give a damn about anyone or anything except getting their food stamps, paid education and free healthcare. So that's the argument, but then there is the insult added to the injury: Beirut.
So, Dewey dies, but Bourne doesn't kill him because of the corruption, or because of the evil of Ironhand to spy on every person in this country, no, no no: Bourne kills Dewey because Dewey had his father killed. Bourne doesn't care a bit about the spying or what is being done with that information--in fact, he probably wants more of it given everything that happens in the film--and that's a failure of the hero in this film and why it's so unsatisfying. The Asset dies because he triggered the bomb that killed Bourne's dad, but that's all; nothing about the torturing The Asset has helped or the people he's executed; in other words, there is only a very poor and pathetic sense of justice at all in the film, and given the millions of dollars in damage Bourne's personal vendetta causes, Bourne should probably be arrested and imprisoned. 
For anyone who was alive and old enough to understand what was going on during the Cold War, "Beirut" was a by-word for everything wrong with the world, a synonym for "terrorism" and "chaos," the original, "Death to America" movement before there was a "Death to America" movement. Part of the "conflict" of the film, is that Bourne's father was killed in Beirut, and Bourne was told he was killed by terrorists; in his flashbacks, Bourne sees his dad killed in a burning car, and all these Lebanese people standing around looking like modern tourists and who killed Bourne's dad? The Asset, an American. In other words, as liberals have been saying, America is the world's leader in terrorism, not the countries and suicide bombers of the Middle East.
What happens in this scene? Who cares? Sure, Heather gets exposed by Bourne, but what really happens is the loose throwing around of the word "patriot." Before Obama came to office, "patriot" meant someone who would defend the Constitution, respect the law and honor the flag and traditions of this country; now, "patriot" is synonymous with "traitor," in other words, if you still adhere to the regular definition of patriot, then you are a traitor; if you are a traitor by the traditional standards, then you are considered a patriot. Bourne isn't a patriot, not by today's standards; ten years ago, he would be considered a hero for what happened to him and what he did to expose the corruption in government, but today, he's aiding it.
At the end of The Bourne Ultimatum, we the audience were confident the bad guys in government would be punished and the agency cleaned up of its corruption; in The Bourne Legacy, with Jeremy Renner starring as Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, we saw that the corruption in government was going to be rewarded, and the whistle blowers were fighting for their lives; in spite of that, we still had an ending consistent with traditional American values, a film with which the audience could identity as American and heroic (please see All Points Of Convergence: The Bourne Legacy for more). In Jason Bourne, we see none of those things, except that corruption wins the day, and no one is going to do anything about it, and neither should we. If you want to understand who is going to vote for Hillary Clinton in spite of the outrageous scandals she has caused throughout her lifetime, the film makers of Jason Bourne don't help you to understand, but want you to understand that they will vote for her, and do everything they can to make sure Clinton, or any other Democrat/socialist/communist is ever held accountable for anything.
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