Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
The events in this movie take place around the same time as the events in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). When a British reporter was writing an expose about Black Ops operations Treadstone and Black Briar, and the ones responsible for them are concerned. And when Jason Bourne, former Treadstone operative got the file on Treadstone and Black Briar and gave it to Pamela Landy who then passed it to the media. When the men behind Treadstone and Black Briar learn of this, they're concerned how this will affect other ops they have. They decide it's best to shut down all ops and make sure make everyone involved disappears. They try to take out Aaron Cross who is part of another op called Outcome, but he manages to survive. He then seeks out Dr. Marta Shearing who worked on him when he began. It seems part of the program is for all subjects to take medications but he has run out, which is why he seeks her. But someone tries to kill her. He saves her and she tells him, he should have stopped ...Written by
Before this movie was seriously considered, Director Paul Greengrass (who helmed two earlier installments of this series) jokingly suggested to make a fourth Bourne movie called "The Bourne Redundancy". See more »
Aaron Cross claims his US Army recruiter falsified his enlistment paperwork by adding 12 points to his IQ to allow him to meet entry requirements for the US Army. The US Army does not have an IQ requirement, and none of the means by which potential recruits are evaluated measure IQ. US Army recruits are required to complete a written exam (the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB), a physical fitness evaluation, and a medical examination. The ASVAB measures several different categories of knowledge, but is not an intelligence test. The ASVAB result is then used to calculate the recruit's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score, which provides an eligibility rating by percentile (highest possible score is 99). Aaron's claim would be more realistic if he said his recruiter added 12 points to his AFQT score (minimum score for the US Army at the time the film takes place was 31 out of 99), however the AFQT is still a measurement of knowledge, not intelligence. In addition, it is unlikely that Aaron's recruiter would be able to alter his AFQT score since the ASVAB is not administered by the recruiter, but by personnel at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Aaron's recruiter would not even see Aaron's exam, just the resulting score. At the time of filming the ASVAB was mainly administered by computer at a MEPS, supervised by MEPS personnel. Aaron might have taken a paper version of the ASVAB, but that would also have been administered and scored by MEPS personnel, not his recruiter. It is unlikely that his recruiter would even be present while he took the exam (the ASVAB is three hours long, and recruiters have other things to do), let alone be in a position to alter his score. See more »
Weisz and Renner act their assess off but not even their raw talent can save this film from Director Tony Gilroy's ego trip of a script and his lackluster directing.
This is truly a case of great actors who are left out there in the cold by a director, who essentially does not even try to respect them and the audience's intelligence by giving them something original or interesting. Tony Gilroy had written not only the first three Bourne films but the great Michael Clayton as well but here, it is obvious that he is on a destructive ego trip. Gilroy is more interested in making people see on how smart he is as a scriptwriter and filmmaker than actually try to entertain and stay true to what made the other Bourne films special. With that destructive mind set, Gilroy forgets that you need faith in your actors and the material they are working with in order to drive the movie forward. Gilroy also commits the biggest sin of all, which is to never underestimate the intelligence of your audience.
The script by Gilroy and his brother Dan tries to be cutting edge in scientific jargon and smart dialog but ends up with so many inconsistencies and flimsy characterization that you have to double back twice to see if Gilroy actually had a hand in the original "Bourne Trilogy". The characters in this film are only there to get from A to B and none of them with the exception of Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner (Who you can clearly see are both working beyond the call of duty to make something out of their paper-thin roles) has any real purpose at all. Poor Edward Norton is only there to bark orders and you can clearly see how frustrated he is with his role in certain scenes. The direction is not even very good, with pacing problems and a running time that excessively too long for its own good. The action scenes (The few of them in the film) do not jar well and are boring to say the least.
My advice to Universal, if there has to be a sequel, bring back Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner (Who both deserve medals for their efforts in making this lazy, self indulgent script work) and get rid of Tony Gilroy, who clearly does not respect anybody other than himself. You might have a better movie if you do.
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