An anti-Amer­i­can block­buster

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Bill O’Reilly

When “The Simp­sons” movie turns out to be more re­al­is­tic than “The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum,” you know some­thing is up. Nev­er­the­less, the thriller is a big hit, prov­ing once again that film au­di­ences now want live ac­tion car­toons rather than crisp, re­al­is­tic films like “The Ipcress File” or “The French Con­nec­tion.”

For those of you not familiar with the Bourne se­ries, Matt Da­mon plays a CIA agent who be­comes in­volved in the “Pro­gram” (as in get with the). This sin­is­ter plan re­sults in Mr. Da­mon be­ing brain­washed, mak­ing him a lean, mean killing ma­chine with no per­sonal mem­o­ries. Thus, he can mur­der with­out con­science, kind of like what Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­ers of­ten do to scripts.

Any­way, Mr. Da­mon runs around beat­ing up four guys at a time and elud­ing au­thor­i­ties all over the world. How­ever, he turns on the CIA, so they must kill him. But they can’t since Matt is Clint East­wood and Sean Con- nery times 10. Plus, he has Ju­lia Stiles help­ing him. No way the CIA has a chance.

I knew this movie was trou­ble when I read the re­views. Al­most all the crit­ics liked it. The only way Amer­i­can movie crit­ics would like a vi­o­lent car chase film like this was if it bashed the USA, which, of course, it does.

The CIA guys are bad, bad, bad. And just to make sure In­done­sian and Pak­istani au­di­ences get the pic­ture, the CIA chief is­sues his evil or­ders with the Amer­i­can flag clearly seen on his desk. No lan­guage bar­rier here, no sir. The U.S. intelligence agen­cies are fiendish en­ter­prises that want to hurt Matt Da­mon and ac­tu­ally force Ju­lia Stiles to cut her own hair. How could they?

Ac­tu­ally, both Mr. Da­mon and Ms. Stiles don’t have to do much act­ing. Mr. Da­mon does work for the far-left MoveOn or­ga­ni­za­tion and is on record as re­quest­ing the Bush daugh­ters serve in Iraq. The ac­tor also told the Idaho States­man that the CIA’s use of wa­ter board­ing is an ero­sion of our Amer­i­can val­ues.

Guess what? There’s a wa­ter board­ing scene in the flick. What a co­in­ci­dence!

Ms. Stiles is also down with the far left. On a cable pro­gram she ex­plained why she missed a MoveOn event by say­ing: “I was afraid that Bill O’Reilly would come with a shot­gun at my front door and shoot me for be­ing un­pa­tri­otic.”

Look it up if you don’t be­lieve me.

In the Bourne movie there are no shot­guns to frighten Ms. Stiles, but plenty of au­to­matic weapons fired at U.S. intelligence agents, not by al Qaeda, but by Amer­i­can Matt Da­mon. As the ca­su­alty count rose, I kept think­ing about all those dis­abil­ity pay­ments we tax­pay­ers would have to pick up.

Now, all of this is harm­less non­sense to those of us who un- der­stand the hero and vil­lain busi­ness, and re­al­ize the sim­plis­tic bias that per­me­ates Hol­ly­wood. But to im­pres­sion­able au­di­ences, the anti-Amer­i­can theme could res­onate.

The di­rec­tor of the movie, Paul Green­grass, told the Times of Lon­don that he pur­posely tapped into the mis­trust the world has of the USA. In my opin­ion, Mr. Green­grass has used his skills as a film­maker to cre­ate a slick pro­pa­ganda pack­age that will make him mil­lions of dol­lars. And stand­ing be­tween Mr. Green­grass and real-life ter­ror­ists who would slit his throat are, of course, real-life Amer­i­can intelligence peo­ple.

In the end, the Amer­ica-haters will love “The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum” and apo­lit­i­cal oth­ers may en­joy the ac­tion and car­nage. The movie is a per­fect storm of mis­guided ide­ol­ogy, silly plot­ting and ab­surd con­clu­sions. In other words, it’s a block­buster.

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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