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Super Reviewer
August 23, 2016
The first Jason Bourne film was the most quintessential action spy thriller at the of the noughties. It's scope, technicality and characterization was unprecedented, what starts off as a mystery of an American discovered at sea with only a few clues to spare eventually turns into the plot of a spy assassin on the run from those who trained him. Matt Damon became the unexpected action hero at the time, able to pull off daring stunts taking out enemies clean and easily, as were his ability to plan strategically through many situaltions,
all this making him the truly compelling character from Robert Ludlum's books on one of the most revered action movie franchises of the modern age. This film directed by Doug Liman may be the more genuinely character oriented films the franchise has developed, it's main plot about the character's recent history, motivation, recent relationship with supporting character, as was him discovering his identity is a little small scaled then usual, though the compelling aspect with the character and the CIA operative working behind the scenes became the most concentrated narrative strands than just the inciting incident and the character's backstory subplot. Overall it still holds up today, still a worthy introduction to a unique character and film series.
½ August 20, 2016
"The Bourne Identity" is a great action thriller/mystery that is insanely well directed, has some fantastic action sequences, and boasts a great cast and an outstanding lead performance from Matt Damon. It's a must-see for action fans and mystery fans.
August 19, 2016
Aspettando il nuovo film che sta per uscire ho deciso di rivedermi la trilogia originale della serie Bourne. Questo primo capitolo è ricco di suspense e colpi di scena dall'inizio alla fine, con scene d'azione volutamente caotiche e movimentate piene di tagli di montaggio calibrati alla perfezione. Quest'ultime si inseriscono in una trama originale e mai troppo complicata come spesso si nota in film dello stesso genere.
½ August 16, 2016
Well acted film with great action sequences. Grade Score:A-
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2016
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.
August 10, 2016
Brilliant action chases and pacing amazing
½ August 9, 2016
Good story and action which is exciting and engaging. Matt Damon is been rescue by a fishing vessel and he has 2 gunshot wounds at the back. He awaken without any memory of himself but there's a bank account number hidden in a tiny projector in his hip. Matt retrieve the belongings which contain many passport alias, gun, cash. A guy notify CIA and Matt escape into US consulate. The police go after him and he easily beat them up. To escape, he pay Franka Potente to bring him to Paris. Chris Cooper, head of Treadstone tell deputy director Brian Cox he is the assassin that fail to kill exiled African dictator Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. To sever ties to CIA, Chris send 3 other assassins to eliminate Matt. Franka follow Matt up his home and the 1st killer fight him. Matt win him quite easily and the killer jump to his own death. Julia Stiles is also station in France to track Matt down for Chris. Matt investigate further using another alias and decide to find Adewale for answer. Clive Owen, the other assassin, killed him before Matt find him. The duo escape from the cops and hide in her step brother country side house. She decide to stick with Matt knowing that whoever is out there may not want her alive. Clive is send to kill Matt at the house but he lure Clive out instead and kills him. He send Franka and the rest to safety. Matt use Clive's cell phone to call Chris and arrange a meeting. It is actually to track Chris down. At Julia's safe house, Matt confront Chris who tell him he is an assassin of CIA. His mission was to kill Adewale and he plan everything on his own. But that night he can't do it because Adewale kids are with him and he got shot instead while jumping overboard. Matt warn him not to follow or chase him anymore and he is out of their program. Then he kill many other agents trying to stop him. Chris is later killed by the 3rd assassin on orders from Brian. At the top meeting, Brian said Treadstone is a expensive prject and decide to shut it, propose another new project. Matt, now a free man sorta, find Franka who open a cafe in Greece to unite with her.
½ August 9, 2016
One of the best spy movies of this generation.
August 9, 2016
This movie was monotonous.
The characters are shallow. The plot is an interesting idea, but poor execution. And there are many, many "Really? That...that actually happened?" moments.
The action scenes, however, are superb if you detach them from the movie.
So, if you want a movie with awesome action scenes, this movie is for you. But don't expect a good plot and characters you can feel attatched to.
Definately a movie I wouldn't watch again.
½ August 8, 2016
"The Bourne Identity" es un excelente re-make de la miniserie para la televisión protagonizada por Richard Chamberlain en 1988 y basada en la novela de Rober Ludlum. Tanto esta película como la miniserie, cuenta la historia de un agente de la CIA quien aparece en el mar sin recuerdos de su identidad o de su misión, pero con sus habilidades intactas. El director Doug Liman ("Go") mantiene la acción y la atención del espectador sin decaer en ningún momento en esta elegante película de espías y Matt Damon es impresionante interpretando a este misterioso agente.
August 3, 2016
Before Bond got a reboot, Bourne brought spy and espionage to a whole new level.
August 3, 2016
The movie built up the mystery quite and it was quite thrilling. There were moments when I had my heart in my mouth. My favorite parts were the European architecture though since I am not a huge fan of action. There was no real chemistry between Jason and Marie. Marie on her own played a good innocent character. An entertaining 2 hrs.
August 3, 2016
A couple of great action sequences and I've always thought Damon was talented... story wise, I just don't find the hook that interesting. I never cared about who he used to be.
August 2, 2016
the best bourne in the franchise
½ August 2, 2016
The concept is neat and the action is so good!!!
August 1, 2016
The suspenseful and exciting first chapter in the Bourne series. Built upon thrills and character establishment, the film definitely delivers and Matt Damon and Franke Potente are great and so is Chris Cooper, essentially playing the villain.
½ August 1, 2016
The series of films that for me showed Matt Damon in a different light. This intriguing, unfolding mystery of who Jason Bourne is and who his enemies are is action packed, fast and thrilling.
July 31, 2016
Jason Bourne may not know who he is but he can kick butt!
½ July 31, 2016
4 and a half stars, 88%
½ July 31, 2016
The Bourne Identity is an amazing action movie! It's a fun and thrilling film that ends up creating one of the best movie series of all time!
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