The Bourne Identity is an action packed movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat! It was directed by Doug Liman who before this was best known for the movie GO which was about the events after a drug deal told from 3 different perspectives. Back to this movie though, it was written by John August and it is about a man is picked up by a fishing boat, he has been shot and is without memory, then he must race to escape from a group of assassins and recover from amnesia.
The story is more based on the characters of Robert Ludlum's novel than the actual novel but that didn't mean it wasn't an exciting movie to watch. It is the story of a man "Bourne"(Matt Damon) who is discovered by fishermen who must nurse him back to health because he is bullet-riddled. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues that the fisherman gives him such as a Swiss bank account number of which, was implanted in his hip. After getting to the bank he realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie (Franka Potente) who he met at the United States embassy and they both go on a journey to find out who he is and why he is being hunted. I have said this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat and it will deliver. Starting with the action that happens between the Swiss bank and the Embassy in London, to the car chases that happen all throughout the area. One scene that I thought was impressive and is probably a reason why it won World Stunts Award for Best Work With A Vehicle was a car chase that included driving on sidewalks filled with people, navigating through small alleys, driving down stairs, a motorcycle slide, crashing through a glass door and a motorcycle crashing into a car and flipping over the vehicle.
The scene where he is driving and then drives down the stairs was by far my favorite of my movie because it was the the one that really gets you wondering if he is going to get caught or not. The music really makes the car chase even that much more suspenseful because its the right music at the right time. Then seeing the Mini Cooper drive down the stairs was just amazing, I didn't want the car chase to end because the action and suspense in it was just amazing.
Matt Damon portrayed Jason Bourne well though at times it seemed as though he was a bit robotic with no emotion. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it when he had is fight scenes because you really come to understand why he fights like he does but as the person he should have shown a little more emotion.
Overall I would give this movie an B-. The lack of emotion and chemistry between the main characters brings it down. Its just hard to watch Matt Damon as a "robot". I still give this movie a good rating because when it comes to the fight scenes he is amazing and the car chases really kept me on the edge of my seat. All in all if you haven't seen this movie yet, go check it out.