Posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
I love to hate Bill O’Reilly. According to the man, my whole city should fall into the ocean, and The Simpsons Movie is “more realistic” than The Bourne Ultimatum. Yes, he actually wrote that. In his latest column titled The Bourne Buffoonery, Reilly calls out the film for being unpatriotic.
“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,” wrote Reilly.
I was going to print a listing of all the chase movies or car chase films that made lots of money at the box office without bashing America. But I’ve decided that Reilly’s statement is so ridiculous that it isn’t really worth rebutting (which is often the case with most of O’Reilly’s statements).
“In the Bourne movie there are no shotguns to frighten Julia, 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,” writes O’Reilly. “[Paul] 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.”
You can read O’Reilly’s full review at this link, or post a comment below.