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- Review Date
- 18 September, 2016
The Bourne Identity is directed by Doug Liman and stars Matt Damon, Franka Potente,
Chris Cooper and others, and is the tale of a man who is found washed up in the sea,
with severe amnesia and two gunshot wounds in his back. After being taken to shore,
he goes on an adventure to discover his identity and try to find the people responsible.
But being hunted by a corporation led by Chris Cooper is making it a lot harder for him.
Now when Jason Bourne came out in the summer, I really wanted to go and see it,
but because watching the previous films would definitely be beneficial, I decided not
to go see it immediately.
I still haven't seen Jason Bourne (though I'll probably try and get that for Xmas (yep,
starting on that ALREADY)), nor have I seen The Bourne Supremacy or The Bourne
Ultimatum, but we are focusing on Identity, what are my thoughts on Identity?
Well, the first thing you need to know is that, compared to Supreamcy and Ultimatum
which are straight-up action movies, apparently, I consider The Bourne Identity
to be more of a drama, with some elements of an action thriller incorporated into it.
And if you go into this movie expecting a drama, I think you're gonna love it.
Because I kind of did, in fact after I saw it I wanted to pop in Supremacy instantaneously.
The best thing about The Bourne Identity, by far, is the stakes and the realism.
You feel as if you are on this dangerous journey with Jason Bourne, you feel
as if this government group is chasing you, you feel endangered, you care
so much about the characters.
And this movie is so much more realistic than Bond. With Bond, there is always
a degree of cheese and camp in there, even with Casino Royale, and The
Bourne Identity possesses none of that, this is almost a straight-up humourless
thriller. But the fact that it doesn't have that much humour doesn't really bother you.
The action sequences in this movie are more limited, but when they're taking place,
they are awesome.
My favourite one is this fight scene in Bourne's apartment.
It is so white-knuckled, every time one of the characters hits a wall or something,
the BOOF sound is amplified, this just makes the stakes even higher, and the way
the action sequences are filmed incorporates some shots where the director,
Doug Liman, is shaking the camera, and this just creates such a great unpredictable
flair to the action.
And I can't talk enough about Matt Damon, this guy NAILS IT as this broken assassin
trying to piece together his life.
Matt Damon does a lot of his own stunts as well, he's a great stunt actor, and that's
what makes the action scenes all the more compelling.
I do have a couple of personal nitpicks with this movie, though, it is not a absolutely
The introduction to the supporting woman, played excellently by Franka Potente,
doesn't really give you the proper impression that she is going to be a prominent
character. It feels more like a tacked-on addition to the scene where introduced
where she's introduced.
And lastly, in the second act, there's a lull there. It's not massive, but it's just like
OK, I know where this is going, can you please just do it?
But overall, I had a blast with The Bourne Identity. It's a really investing film
with a fantastic lead performance by Matt Damon, some great action scenes,
and I cannot wait to see Supremacy and Ultimatum.
I'm gonna give The Bourne Identity an A.
Guys, what are your thoughts on The Bourne Identity? Thanks very much for reading.
I'm gonna have a review of Noah coming your way very soon, and as always, enjoy the