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Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers -- and then some.
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A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.
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.
The Bourne Identity is a blockbuster without a point... Despite its good-looking veneer, its breakneck pace, its daisy-chain of expert set-pieces, some crucial logic or motive appears to have been junked along the way.
A rollicking adventure yarn.
The Bourne Identity is no mere summer amusement park ride. It's as gray as Go was colorful and a cool contrast to its source material.
Great fights. You wouldn't think of Damon as a tough guy, but he's worked really hard on the physical stuff here and it shows.
The body language and personality that Damon invests in Bourne creates an impression of intelligence and depth, however specious these qualities may ultimately be.
Breathtakingly, beautifully simple.
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.
Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.
"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.
A suspenseful thriller that showcases stunning visuals, great acting and a story that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
A thrilling movie that combines old-school espionage and great action scenes with intelligence and fine performances, and it is surprising how it works so well considering the many difficulties between Liman and the studio that led to a lot of rewrites and reshoots during production.
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
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.
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