Jason Bourne


OMG the new Jason Bourne movie comes out next week and I am SO excited!  I will be looking at the trailer for this week’s Story Critique.  Although it doesn’t fall directly into my theme of “Health and Nutrition,” I think it is safe to say that super-secret spy Jason Bourne knows a thing or two about health, nutrition and fitness.  Just look at him!

What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

  • This video is a movie trailer for the new Bourne movie.  Throughout the trailer there are snapshots, or flashbacks, that show clips of events that have happened in previous movies.  For example when Jason Bourne jumps off the roof of a building into the window of the neighboring building.  The audience that has been following the series is able to put all the pieces of the trailer together and create the story sequence.  For those that have not seen the movies, or perhaps do not remember them well, these clips help to set the tone for the movie.  It becomes clear that Jason Bourne has a troubling past and is at odds with the CIA.

How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

  • This movie is part of a series.  There have been three Bourne movies with Matt Damon and an another Bourne movie with a different actor (portraying a different CIA agent).  While the other movies picked up almost exactly where the previous left off, this movie takes into account the time that has gone by since the last Bourne movie.  That being said, if a viewer does not know the Bourne series and the story lines they may have a more difficult time understanding what is happening.

What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

  • I found this trailer on YouTube and Flixster. I have also seen commercials, advertisements and gifs about this movie in other online spaces such as Instagram and Facebook.

Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

  • I think this is a good movie trailer.  I am basing that on the fact that I practically jumped out of my chair when I first saw it at the movie theater a few months ago.  I think that the sound editing is great; the clicks of the guns, the slamming of the car doors, etc. have been matched to the backing music.  I also like that they have included clips of past movies so that the audience is reminded of big events that have happened that are vital to the story.  I cannot wait to see this movie… twice!

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