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The Bourne Identity
Matt Damon and Franka Potente




Overview -
As THE BOURNE IDENTITY begins, a man who may or may not be Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is found floating in the Mediterranean Sea and is hauled onto a fishing boat. When the ship's doctor examines the unconscious castaway, he discovers two bullet wounds and an implanted device that displays a Swiss bank account number. With nothing but this code, the amnesiac Bourne travels to Zurich and gains access to a safe-deposit box containing a gun, thousands of dollars in various currencies, and valid passports from numerous countries--each listing a different identity. Within minutes, Bourne is on the run from a seemingly ever-present agency, relying on language and fighting skills he didn't even know he possessed. Offering $20,000 for a ride to Paris, Bourne gains the reluctant help of the nomadic Marie (Franka Potente). Meanwhile, the shadowy organization, headed by a tough-talking bureaucrat (Chris Cooper), sends numerous assassins (including the Professor, played by Clive Owen) after Bourne and Marie. As their situation grows more perilous, the two strangers struggle to find out who Bourne really is and why they are being hunted. Doug Liman's adaptation of Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel is a remarkable exercise in straightforward storytelling, with the director wisely choosing to focus on Bourne and his quest for identity. The fight sequences are thrilling, but never overly glamorized, and the film's pacing is engaging and deliberate. Damon, who displays genuine bewilderment as his character discovers his almost-superhuman abilities, anchors the proceedings with the subtle charm of an unlikely action hero. Potente also shines as Bourne's road companion, a savvy woman who slowly builds an utterly believable relationship with the confused man. Bearing distinct affinity for its European setting and classic Hollywood suspense films, THE BOURNE IDENTITY succeeds as an unusually smart character-driven thriller.

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Overview

As THE BOURNE IDENTITY begins, a man who may or may not be Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is found floating in the Mediterranean Sea and is hauled onto a fishing boat. When the ship's doctor examines the unconscious castaway, he discovers two bullet wounds and an implanted device that displays a Swiss bank account number. With nothing but this code, the amnesiac Bourne travels to Zurich and gains access to a safe-deposit box containing a gun, thousands of dollars in various currencies, and valid passports from numerous countries--each listing a different identity. Within minutes, Bourne is on the run from a seemingly ever-present agency, relying on language and fighting skills he didn't even know he possessed. Offering $20,000 for a ride to Paris, Bourne gains the reluctant help of the nomadic Marie (Franka Potente). Meanwhile, the shadowy organization, headed by a tough-talking bureaucrat (Chris Cooper), sends numerous assassins (including the Professor, played by Clive Owen) after Bourne and Marie. As their situation grows more perilous, the two strangers struggle to find out who Bourne really is and why they are being hunted. Doug Liman's adaptation of Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel is a remarkable exercise in straightforward storytelling, with the director wisely choosing to focus on Bourne and his quest for identity. The fight sequences are thrilling, but never overly glamorized, and the film's pacing is engaging and deliberate. Damon, who displays genuine bewilderment as his character discovers his almost-superhuman abilities, anchors the proceedings with the subtle charm of an unlikely action hero. Potente also shines as Bourne's road companion, a savvy woman who slowly builds an utterly believable relationship with the confused man. Bearing distinct affinity for its European setting and classic Hollywood suspense films, THE BOURNE IDENTITY succeeds as an unusually smart character-driven thriller.

Main Cast & Crew

Doug Liman - Director
Matt Damon
Franka Potente
Julia Stiles
Chris Cooper
Brian Cox
Clive Owen
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Gabriel Mann
Walt Goggins
Josh Hamilton

 

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Blu-Ray Disc FormatBlu-Ray 4K Disc Format
  • Format: 4K Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital HD)
  • Run Time: 118
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192382529
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (violence and some language)
  • Release Date: January 2003

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Romance
Spies
Suspense
Thriller
Theatrical Release
Spy
Europe
Secret Agents
Based On A Novel

 

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Theatrical release: June 14, 2002

Reviews:
"...Cool RONIN-style car chases ensue....BOURNE earns what passes as hip praise..." - 07/04/2002 Rolling Stone, p.115


"...A tiptop espionage thriller....Laced with great shocking moments, BOURNE moves along smartly on its own steam, drawing us confidently into its orbit..." - 06/14/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Blisteringly fast, BOURNE also has a strong or striking supporting actor around every corner..." - 06/14/2002 USA Today, p.6E


"...Very well done, with skillful action sequences and a great chase scene through Paris streets..." - 07/21/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...There's much to enjoy here....Liman has real talent....An undertone of humour enriches the action..." - 09/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.56-7


"[A] skillful action moive....Well-crafted and acted....[Liman] directs the traffic well, gets a nice wintry look from his locations, absorbs us with the movie's spycraft and uses Damon's ability to be focused and sincere." - 06/17/2002 Chicago Sun-Times

 

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