The Bourne Identity Reviews
Not only is this film smart for the genre it's forced to work in, its protagonist has dimension, and the story? Just as mysterious and thrilling as the action. Truly an engaging experience that transcends the average expectations of an "action flick"
With an outstanding performance by Matt Damon, a sharp script, a narrative plays a balancing act between romance, action, and tension, and powerful action sequences that carry both brawn and brain, "The Bourne Identity" acts as a spring-cleaning of what we know of Hollywood-ized CIA thrillers. Of course, "Supremacy" and "Ultimatum" packed in more of a visceral punch towards its action sequences, but what "Identity" did was build a narrative foundation that the rest of the iterations could build upon. And what a foundation it is. There seemingly doesn't seem to be a dull moment in this clever but bold action thriller. Doug Liman is definitely lacking in terms of technicalities compared to Paul Greengrass (evidently shown in many of the fight scenes and the mini cooper chase sequence), but "Identity" still stands up there with the likes of the many exceptional espionage films. Plus, it has one of the most memorable spy vs. spy, wits vs. wits action scenes involving Damon and Clive Owen.
"The Bourne Identity". It's a must watch and a hell of a good time.
Matt Damon is perfectly cast. The movie starts with Damon as Jason Bourne, shot twice in the back and left for dead in the ocean. Waking up on a shipping vessel, Bourne has no idea who he is but realizes he possesses the ability to speak multiple languages, can analyze every room he's in to the most minute detail, and could kick the crap out of pretty much anybody, even if they were to gang up on him. As he tries to figure it all out, the CIA realizes he isn't dead and commences a plan to dispose of him before his memory returns. But Bourne is too smart despite not knowing his real identity. He pays a German invalid named Marie Kreutz (played by sexy Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris. From there, they are pursued by assassins from all over, and as they struggle to avoid being captured or killed, a romance blossoms.
The chemistry between Damon and Potente is great. Both actors are able to tap into the vulnerability of their characters and their own individual wants. Of course it's an action movie and it's typically formulaic for the guy and the girl to fall hopelessly in love, but the actors make it much more believable, so it doesn't feel like the film is just going through the motions.
Much credit goes to the director Doug Liman who is very proficient at balancing all the aspects of the cat and mouse chase between the CIA and Jason Bourne. This film spans a lot of locations - from Zurich, Paris, to Virginia - and it never once feels convoluted or confusing. The audience is never confused as to how each character fits into the puzzle, and just enough information is left out to hold interest for the outcome.
And of course the fight scenes are simply astounding. The choreography involves a lot of hand to hand combat that moves fast and is often staged in close quarters, keeping Bourne and his adversaries trapped in an enclosed area that warrants such close hand to hand combat. It's almost like elements of a martial arts film have been lifted into the espionage plot, creating a movie that you can watch for its exhilarating action scenes as much as for its intelligent story.
This movie is based off of Robert Ludlum's novels with the same title. The film stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, the fighting man with memory loss.
I'd like to point out that this is an outstanding start in the Bourne trilogy. I also think that this is the best of the three.
My favorite Bourne movies (In order)
1. The Bourne Identity
2. The Bourne Ultimatum
3. The Bourne Supremacy
This was a great movie for many reasons. It could be Doug Liman's genius directing techniques, it could be the fantastic script, or it could be the action sequences. All of those are great, but I think that Matt Damon's performance seals the deal making Bourne the most badass rebel ever.
The music in this is great. I'm really glad that they used Moby's "Extreme" in it. It went along smoothly with the film. You should really check out the soundtrack!
The screenplay is phenomenal, written by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for the entire Bourne trilogy, and also wrote and directed Michael Clayton, which I've been dying to see.
Overall, this is a very well done film. Matt Damon shines as Jason Bourne and the action sequences are as exciting as the first Matrix movie.
The best part of the movie is easily the story. Jason isn't your classic spy. He doesn;t use fancy gadgets, he doesn't have anybody working with him, and he doesn;t have a very good repuation. He has two different sides. First there's the tough, cold blooded assassin side we see when he fights the Frenchmen in his apartment room and when he is in the field with the sniper. But he also has very moral qualities, like when he refuses to kill Wambosi because his daughter is there.
Matt Damon's acting might be on par with Leo DeCaprio's in Titanic. It's almost hard to believe he read it of the script! He played every aspect of Bourne's personality to a hilt. His menace, his kindness, and sometimes his slight insanity. The guy who played Conklin did a good job too. He played Conklin as a cold, mysterious man whose only concern is saving his own skin, and that is the perfect mold for a villain.
The fight scenes came at just the right moments too. In most of them, there was a lot on tension before Bourne, or the person trying to kill him, struck. That is muy importante for a spy thriller.
Though the movie sacrifices many central themes in the book, it's a wonderful story. I'd reccomend it to not only action fans, but movie fans in general. A masterpiece. Well done Damon, well done.