This time, Bourne attempts to live the private life. He has found a woman who loves him & whom he loves. He has learnt, apparently, not to be curious. He flees to another continent. So long as nobody knows him, he does not mind not knowing himself. Soon, the woman gets killed. Maybe love made him stupid; certainly, he forgot himself. But Bourne has learnt a lesson over her dead body: assassins do not stop assassinating.
Bourne has existential qualms that suggest a college education. Only this can explain why Bourne is not a serious assassin, ignoring the consequences of the assassin’s reputation. It is no good killing people left & right. – Whether or not they want you dead. What matters is how you make it stop. Bourne seems never to have thought about what his victory might mean or require. He either did not pay the price or he paid it for nothing.
Obviously, you must decapitate an organization to destroy its coherence; only then will it fail of its purpose. & only the head is guilty; the other members are rather innocent, being moved by a will & a thought not their own. The director suggests we are all college-kids now: He never offers us the big picture. Consequently, dozens are mutilated & die.
Or maybe Bourne has planned something else – maybe something that is not obvious can explain what is what. What could it be? Well, you always have to look for a couple of things. Is there a character whose position is somehow similar to the director’s? Is there some telling scene or detail – peculiarly ones that do not further the plot or seem misplaced – that explains to you in small the large thing? Are there certain things said that show the relative positions & motives of the characters? Go ahead – try it out – see if you can figure it out.
The ugliest habit Bourne learns is not killing people – the woman’s fault – but sentimentality neither fights nor wins wars. Therefore, we cannot see clearly either problem or solution, either friend or foe. Conveniently, we also learn Bourne was once a habitual assassin. Luckily, he neither remembers much nor has to pay any price for what might be considered misdeeds…
Now he wants to apologize to his victim’s children. Does this change anything? Will it bring justice? Well, it makes Bourne feel better, as opposed to solving his problems, which might give him a migraine. If this is therapy, it is worthless. In the end, he is neither less crazy nor better prepared to destroy his enemies. We just took the long way around to a dead end. Bourne must learn to abandon his illusions.
The sequel. Just as popular as the original