If Liman's ambition is to leave IFC to make big Hollywood entertainment vehicles, then I would suggest he rent the entire Tony Scott library.
| Original Score: 2/5
Though it's clearly meant to be character-driven, the movie is thrown out of whack by a total lack of chemistry between the leads, and some great acting on the side.
Typical light summer fare.
| Original Score: 2/4
Anyone familiar with the better work of Damon or director Doug Liman will see their jacked-up expectations shot down.
A taut, fast-action thriller, but Matt Damon just doesn't cut it as a spy.
SNEAK REVIEW: I was very disapointed with the rough cut. It unfortunately succumbed to the demise of many movie problems, too many plot holes and unanswered questions.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The action scenes are generally pulse-pounding and gritty; the problem is that they don't build to anything.
| Original Score: C+
The meandering and sloppy finale only makes it even more ironically forgettable.
It has the reeled-in pyrotechnics and the muted pacing of an intelligent spy film, but it doesn't have the smarts of one.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
With his stilted performance, Damon manages to make Bourne about the dullest spy who ever lived.
Liman takes a giant step toward hackdom with his banal big-budget adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 espionage thriller.
One of the many problems, other than Damon's lack of emotion, is the fact that there's no suspense.
| Original Score: 3/10
The Bourne Identity isn't a bad movie so much as one that feels like an amateur version of material from more accomplished works.
What is exciting prose on the printed page becomes merely prosaic on the big screen.
Liman fails to use his distinct style to dust off this old sky cranker and making Robert Rodriguez look like an indie genius with the Sky Kids series.
A close-to-solid espionage thriller with the misfortune of being released a few decades too late.
For all its shoot-outs, fistfights, and car chases, this movie is a phlegmatic bore, so tedious it makes the silly spy vs. spy film The Sum of All Fears, starring Ben Affleck, seem downright Hitchcockian.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Awfully disappointing coming from the director of Swingers and Go.
A truly fresh treatment of Robert Ludlum's novel wouldn't rely so heavily on shootouts, car chases, and boy-meets-girl clichés.
Plays like John Le Carré with a couple of burnt-out cylinders.