‘Jason Bourne’ is a return to the franchise’s high-octane origins

The Jason Bourne of movies bears little resemblance to the Jason Bourne of the Robert Ludlum trilogy that began in 1980 with The Bourne Identity. That’s not a bad thing. The changes were the best part of the first three film adaptations of the Ludlum novels and now with the reunification of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass in the new Jason Bourne, the franchise is back in a big way.

Take a really close look at who looks at us in ‘Closed Circuit’

The closed circuit cameras watching everything just before the bomb goes off at the start of 'Closed Circuit'
The closed circuit cameras watching everything just before the bomb goes off at the start of ‘Closed Circuit’

[rating=3]Starring:  Eric Bana, Rebecca Hull, Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Denis Moschitto, Ciaran Hinds, Ann-Marie Hinds, Julia Stiles and Hasancan Cifci
Writer(s):  Steven Knight
Director(s):  John Crowley

Closed Circuit is a taut thriller that has a little of everything.  A little action, a little chasing, a little mystery and while it is certainly better than average, it is not stellar.  The film begins with a montage of ever-multiplying numbers of closed circuit cameras recording every movement and word going on in a crowded marketplace in London.  Someone drives a large truck into the center of the marketplace, and as someone is yelling that the truck can’t be parked there, it explodes.  We are spared the bulk of the horrific aftermath of such things although we do get to see the inevitable memorial at the site of the blast.

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