Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, Bourne realizes that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy – but who does he work for?
|Release Date||:||June 14, 2002|
|Genres||:||Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Universal Pictures, Kennedy/Marshall Company, The, Hypnotic, Kalima Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Stillking Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America, Germany, Czech Republic|
|Director||:||Doug Liman, Claudine Strasser, Claire Letouze, Petr Nemecek, Patrick Crowley|
|Writers||:||Robert Ludlum, Tony Gilroy, W. Blake Herron, Warren Drummond|
|Casts||:||Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gabriel Mann, Walton Goggins, Josh Hamilton, Julia Stiles, Orso Maria Guerrini, Tim Dutton, Denis Braccini, Nicky Naude, David Selburg, Demetri Goritsas, Russell Levy, Anthony Green, Emanuel Booz, Gwenael Clause, Elwin 'Chopper' David, David Gasman|
|Plot Keywords||:||paris, barcelona spain, assassin, based on novel, secret identity, amnesia, sniper, passport, mission of murder, lovers, escape, shootout, foot chase, cell phone, car chase, multiple identities, surveillance camera, hamburg germany, fishing boat, langley virginia, safe deposit box, flashback, hand to hand combat|
Maybe its me, but it gives me a familiar feeling when I see a guy in a turtleneck sweater, an overcoat and a rifle. I know its a cliche, but why would this movie re-invent the medium anyway?
I also like car chases through foreign cities, passports and accents. So with all that intact, I liked 'The Bourne Identity' very much. It has all the elements of the genre. You know what you're getting and you get what you want.
There is no point in going over the plot. It gets confusing about 3/4 in but it does not matter that much. Its fun for two hours and that's it.
I have been a huge fan of Franka Potente since becoming mildly obsessed with 'Run Lola Run' and she does not disappoint. She has some real chemistry with Matt Damon and has a very sweet, inviting way about her. She is not traditional leading actress material, thank God, and I credit the producers for hiring her. Even more so when you realize that Julia Stiles has a small part in this movie. I am sure someone wanted a bigger 'name' to be Matt's female lead and it might have occured to more than one exec to switch Franka and Julia, but obviously I am glad that did not happen.
Clive Owen adds another strong performance to his resume. He has only one big scene, really, but makes the most of it. Chris Cooper and Brian Cox are known for their sturdy work and they also deliver here.
Excellent, summertime entertainment. 8/10.