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…And Then They Pull Him Back In

After successfully living off the grid and in relative peace for a few years, Jason Bourne once again finds himself sucked back into his violent old life. An operation to uncover who was behind the theft of that $20 million is underway in Germany, but the two agents on the case are killed and wouldn’t you know it? Bourne’s fingerprints are on the scene (even though we, the audience, know he’s living peacefully in India). The whole thing is part of a much larger scheme between corrupt CIA agents and a handful of Russians to protect identity of the living thieves and lay it all on the deceased Conklin and his most dangerous agent, Jason Bourne. In order to protect their story, an assassin is dispatched to kill Bourne and give the CIA no viable leads. It goes wrong.

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Important Name #2: Marie Kreutz

In The Bourne Identity, Bourne finds his first ally in Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente), a German woman who he pays an absurd amount of money for a ride to Paris. What begins as a profitable road trip soon becomes an actual relationship, with Marie and Jason falling in love and deciding to stick out the entire situation to the bitter end. She’s living with him in India when the sniper’s bullet intended for him kills her instead.

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…And They Make It Personal

With Marie’s death, an angry and grieving Jason Bourne finds himself newly fueled by vengeance. She was his anchor to a more peaceful life and without her, he is only a pile of guilt and bad dreams and violent instincts. From her death in The Bourne Supremacy onwards, Bourne begins speaking less and taking bigger risks, effectively making him the Jason Bourne we all remember.

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Important Name #3: Ward Abbott

The Deputy Director of the CIA, Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) personally oversaw Alexander Conklin and Treadstone. He also ordered the execution of Conklin to clean up the whole Treadstone mess and keep him in the clear. Oh, and he’s also the one who stole that $20 million, which required Bourne to kill Neski and his wife to keep it quiet. He gets away scot-free at first, but finds himself re-entangled when the plot to frame Bourne and Conklin for the theft goes awry and the attempted murder of Bourne only makes him angry instead of dead. After much desperate weaseling, Abbott is cornered by Bourne and confesses to his crimes on tape. Bourne leaves him with a pistol, which he ultimately turns on himself.

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A Confession

Bourne journeys to Russia and gets shot and pursued and becomes a participant in a massive car chase. And then he finds Neski’s daughter and admits his crime. This attempt at atonement doesn’t do much to ease his guilt.

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Important Name #4: Pamela Landy

Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) is initially the CIA task chief officer charged with uncovering whoever stole that $20 million. When that operation goes belly-up, she sets out to track down and apprehend the apparently guilty Jason Bourne. When she realizes that Bourne is an amnesiac pawn in a much larger game (she witnesses Abbott’s suicide), she morphs into one of his few allies, offering him refuge (which he refuses) before slipping him the final piece of information he needs to get to the bottom of Treadstone and his origins. She ultimately leaks classified Treadstone and Blackbriar files, exposing these programs to the world and causing charges to be leveled against those responsible.

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Operation Blackbriar

Think of Blackbriar as the sequel to Treadstone. With the latter cancelled following the death of Conklin, the CIA needed another off-the-books way to get their dirtiest work done. Described as the “umbrella” under which all of the most questionable decisions can be made quickly and efficiently, those working for Blackbriar have the jurisdiction to break any laws, spy on anyone, and take any lives they deem necessary without requiring approval from bureaucrats. A British journalist named Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) is about to blow the lid off of Blackbriar after writing a series of articles about Jason Bourne, but his assassination by a CIA marksman once again drags Bourne back into the fray. If Bourne is going to learn the truth about Treadstone, he needs to take down Blackbriar in the process. And yes, he succeeds.

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