JASON BOURNE (2016)

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A film by Paul Greengrass

Cast: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel 

Jason Bourne who is off the grid hurries through various European capitals — Rome, Athens, London. Well the CIA does not know where he is and some one is trying to locate him. Someone needs to tell him something about his father.

The good news and the bad news is that Jason Bourne,  directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon as everyone’s favorite amnesiac assassin, feels like old times. But there is some of the older members as well as some new ones. The thrill is still there Jason Bourne is a uniquely passive action hero, a man who runs on pure survival instinct as he tries to figure out who is after him and why. Bourne, who has been pursuing his Plan B career as a bare-knuckle boxer in the wilds of Greece, is approached by his former colleague and fellow Company renegade well you know who. after hacking in the CIA computer to get some files to get to Bourne, The CIA tracks her down, and the chase is one . Yes there is the usual suspect the team, the team leader and the ever ambitious Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) who wants to bring Bourne and yes of course there will be consequences.There are dark whispers about external threats, and invocations of the tension between security and privacy in the digital age. Damon here shines as Bourne at 45 years of age and looks in top shape here he must have the same work out that I have drinking a lots of wine. I doubt he’ll ever truly figure out who he is. But hey that’s life.

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CAPTAIN PHILIPS (2013)

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A film by Paul Greengrass. 

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman . 

The film is based on the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse.

I remember this on the news and it took 5 days to contain the situation. Thank god it ended up a happy ending on this one because captain Philips said most of the time it does not end well and people some end up dead. It organized crime in the waters at it best. Here is Tom hanks in an unusual film again but this time it is a boat who is being hijacked and the audience does not mind flowing him into those situations like the ones in Apollo 13 , Saving Private Ryan, and Casting away. In this film he plays a captain who’s  merchant boat is being attack. Somalia ids infested with pirates who will do anything to hijacked a merchant boat, I guess the money is good if you can get one. they don’t succeed , but the next day it is jack pot. Phillips acts as the mediator between his crew and the hijacker. He tells his crew to hide in the engine room and disable the boat very quickly. The story is told in 2 half, the hijacker hijacking the boat and then they get off the boat into a life boat. Captain Philips wanted them off the boat so no harm were to come to his crew that was hitting in the engine room. In this film the butt headed Philips with a AK 47 and plunge the life boat into the water. But Philips explain that he had to go with them because they did know how to pilot the boat , he had to show them how. 5 days of hell followed after that. The navy tried to negotiate but no go. So they went with as I call it with plan B. Greengrass didn’t shoot this on stage or in a tank. He rented a ship that is the sister of the ship that Philips, he went at sea and film the movie there. All the scenes were done on the boat, even the scene on the life boat were difficult to shoot because space in restricted. A $55 million budget film who make  $235 millon. Unfortunately it is happening every day boat are getting hijack and it does not end well.

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