Feature: Bourne Legacy: What Philippine Tourism are They Talking About?
"Malacañang believes the upcoming showing of the Hollywood film "The Bourne Legacy" will help the Department of Tourism promote the country internationally(abs-cbn news, July 29). Spoken by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, this re-phrased quote could be blasphemous but, "…forgive them, forgive them for they know not what they are talking (doing)."
The Bourne Trilogy known for the sophisti-ca-tion of its car chase-chase-martial arts-chop-chop-gun-bang-bang of a certain Jason Bourne (Matt Da-mon). Bourne works for the CIA Special "black and clandestine"
Operations but failed in one mission causing his CIA based to eliminate him but was unable because he possessed the training, skills and mettle in espio-nage. Thus the story rolled to become a Damon role in Jason Bourne, an action-packed thriller presented as an artistic feat in car chasing cinematography an shot in various count-ries. Bourne in the initial trilogy was presented as an awesomely undefeated multi-tasked, multi-talented military trained character but a successful underdog who had to survive out of stealing some outfits in a winter location. He is pitied for being the enemy of the American CIA for the commission of a failed mission.
The Bourne trilogy under Damon was a success in combining action prowess but elicited intimacy being an underdog chased by a gigantic network to kill him for flimsy reason or no reason at all.
The fourth sequel, showing in Bacolod theaters, this Robert Ludlum creation now starred Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac. The story line is some kind of an experiment. Breathtaking and mind-blowing action is retained but the story is not a novelty material. The movie reportedly did not fare well in the American box office.
Renner now playing Aaron Cross is a hired black clandestine "operation outcome" taking green pills for physical stamina and blue pills for mental abilities. The transition is not clear but he discovered this is not a nationalistic arrangement.
Fateful events ensued that animated him to meet the chemical developer of the pills Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weiz) who must run for her life because the program is terminated. Ludlum styled the CIA this way. Cross’ pills are about to expire and in a flick of forceful dramatic interrogation, Shearing traced the "viralling off" cure in Manila, Philippines.
The Filipino movie audience "wowed" or laughed in strange combination upon hearing this. They are expectant or perhaps the only reason why the Filipino audience watched this movie in the first place.
Soon, occupying the screen is ancient Manila of the Republic of the Philippine. Initial shots is the backward NAIA Immigration area followed by the congestion of the lower strata Manila populace, Cross and Shear took a "Bayani Taxi", there was a bodega scene and small alley dingy squatters’ colony. This is the Republic of the Philippines, the base of the "viralling off" factory of a CIA clandestine cure of some sort of an experiment now a criminal operation and "the Philippine Government called this tourism promotion courtesy of Bourne Legacy". LOL-OMG.
Back in the U.S. CIA Special Operations Base, Eric Byer (Edward Norton) stressfully monitors Cross and Shear’s movement made more exciting by animating another character based in Thailand coded Larx-03 (Louis Ozawa Changchien).
Larx-03 is viralled to kill Cross and Shear now located in Manila. Lo and behold, the audience were treated to a Tony Gilroy (Director) skillfully animating a stolen motorbike of Cross and Shear into the legendary traffic labyrinth of Manila.
Conclusion, nothing new about Bourne Legacy except the usual thrill and the state of poverty in the Philippines is highlighted which should rather be welcome.
There was no complaint about the presen-tation of the Philippines?*