Over the past week or so I watched two Jason Bourne movies and Mercury Rising, which is bearable only if you can suspend disbelief and accept the idea that the NSA might, just might, succeed in killing an autistic young boy who has cracked their computer code. I didn’t believe it for a minute and fell asleep. An hour later I woke up and guess what? The kid was still alive!
Anyway I’ve noticed certain themes in these movies, going all the way back to Three Days of the Condor (1975):
- The NSA/CIA regulars are basically amoral; they think nothing of killing people at the drop of a hat — even their own people.
- One goal, which is more important than just about anything else they are doing, is to keep the general public from finding out what they are doing; and they are willing to kill just about anybody to achieve that.
- They each and every one consider themselves patriots.
Question for the reader: Is this reality? Or is there some kind of conspiracy in Hollywood among all the script writers to make up the same story over and over again?