The Bourne Identity (2002)



Critic Consensus: Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers -- and then some.

Movie Info

The best-selling suspense novel by late author Robert Ludlum comes to the screen for a second time, following a 1988 made-for-TV movie. Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a barely alive amnesiac with a pair of bullet wounds in his back, pulled from the Mediterranean by Italian fishermen. Bourne's only clue to his own identity is a bank account number etched on a capsule implanted in his body. He quickly finds the Zurich bank where money, a gun, and a few identification documents await, but after … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and some language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Self, W. Blake Herron, Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2003
Box Office: $121.5M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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as Alliance Secretary

as Bank Receptionist

as Zurich Cop

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Critic Reviews for The Bourne Identity

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (41)

A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.

Full Review… | June 12, 2008
Top Critic

Efficient set pieces come neatly spaced every ten to 15 minutes -- just often enough to keep you credulous -- and the trans-European settings lend a classy backdrop.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Liman can uncork leap-out-of-your-seat shocks, draw out suspense scenes with malicious finesse and even ease a touch of romance and droll humor into the yarn.

Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Whether you consider it a smart thriller or a paint-by-numbers spy caper, The Bourne Identity is a dynamic interpretation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014

Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

"The Bourne Identity" is a well-written action spy film that stays true to its espionage thriller genre while inflicting flinch-inducing moments of pure cinematic action.

Full Review… | February 28, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity is a clever action/thriller that is well blended in regards to the formulaic tone within the script. Matt Damon is impressive in Doug Liman's film of a super agent who has no knowledge of his identity and his ventures to avoid trouble and gain it back. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


A fishing vessel rescues a bullet-riddled amnesiac from the ocean and upon reaching shore, he discovers that not only is he a world class ass kicker but nearly every government agency in the world seems to want him dead. Along with Ronin, The Bourne Identity heralded a new era of high octane grittiness for the action thriller and a decade on, it actually stands up pretty well. Of course the "hi tec" aspects look a little dated, but it's still a breathlessly exciting conspiracy thriller that dispenses with any irrelevances and gets straight down to the bare bones of a tire screeching, bone crunching rollercoaster ride. Matt Damon is the perfect combination of hard case and bemused victim and Franka Potente makes a much more interesting romantic interest than the generic dead-eyed bimbette that usually adorns this kind of thing. It all looks a bit familiar in this day and age, but this was one of the originals and is still the best Bourne film in my opinion.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

16/02/2013 (Online)

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