The Bourne Identity is an American action thriller spy film loosely based on Robert Ludlum’s novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac attempting to discover his true identity amidst a clandestine conspiracy within the CIA. It co-stars Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Chris Cooper, with Clive Owen. Directed by Doug Liman. Written by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron. (Running Time: 119 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for violence and some language)
A mystery writer’s main challenge is to create what men and women of that genre call a h & p; a hook and pull. I have to say, The Bourne Identity certainly has a great hook and pull that will capture anyone’s attention! I sucks you right in just shy of thirty seconds into the movie!
The best part of this film is probably a very unique protagonist perspective. Watching it from the eyes of a character who is learning everything as quickly as we are. Perhaps we cannot truly relate to what the character–Bourne–has been through, but we can sympathize with him more, right? And the cool idea of going through all these major European cities and countryside is just…fun!
The action sequences were very well thought-out and, compared with most other action films, believable and fairly realistic!
In the end, a 4 out of 7 stars!
The Bourne Identity spent some time in development hell, and production was delayed when the studio refused to give the director more time to film his “spy epic”. It went $8 million over budget because of delays, which at the time, the studio didn’t have. In the end it was met with positive critical reception and surpassed expectations at the box office, grossing over $215 million on a $60 million dollar budget. Because of this success, this film spawned a series, two including Matt Damon: The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). A fourth film will be released this summer with Jeremy Renner in the lead (The Bourne Legacy).
To those who love their action movies: Highly recommended!