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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 he's pursued by security goons at the American consulate, Bourne realizes he can trust no one and offers a German gypsy named Marie (Franka Potente) ten thousand dollars for a ride to Paris. Encountering more professional killers bent on his destruction, Bourne discovers that he possesses a surprising degree of skill in combat, martial arts, and linguistics -- handy talents that clearly indicate his past includes work as a spy and assassin, but for whom? With Marie's reluctant help, Bourne edges closer to the truth, something CIA officials want concealed at all costs. The Bourne Identity co-stars Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, and Julia Stiles. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
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


Matt Damon
as Jason Bourne
Franka Potente
as Marie Kreutz
Chris Cooper
as Conklin
Clive Owen
as The Professor
Brian Cox
as Ward Abbott
Julia Stiles
as Nicolette
Walton Goggins
as Research Tech
Josh Hamilton
as Research Tech
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Wombosi Bodyguard
David Selburg
as Marshall
Russel Levy
as Manheim
Anthony Green
as Security Chief
David Bamber
as Consulate Clerk
Manu Booz
as Taxi Driver
Philippe Durand
as Morgue Attendant
Paulette Frantz
as Concierge
Thierry Ashanti
as Wombosi Counselor
David Gasman
as Deputy DCM
Delphine Lanson
as Alliance Secretary
Kait Denison
as Bank Receptionist
Joseph Beddelin
as Zurich Cop
Katie Thynne
as Claudine
Brad Rizer
as Marine
Arnaud Henriet
as Wombosi Bodyguard
Jean-Yves Billien
as Wombosi Bodyguard
Daneil Erskine Narta...
as Wombosi Bodyguard
Elwin 'Chopper' Davi...
as Wombosi Bodyguard
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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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Super Reviewer

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