The Bourne Identity (2002) Film Review

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An unconscious man, Jason Bourne(Matt Damon) is fished out of the ocean with two bullets in his back. When he wakes, he has amnesia. Back on land, he discovers that he has a wide range of skills, from speaking various languages to fighting and being super aware of his surroundings. But as he discovers things about himself, assassins are pursuing him. He goes on a road trip with Marie (Franka Potente), a girl who he met at the embassy. Of course, they hook up and together they need to figure out how to survive.

It’s intriguing, it’s exciting, there is lots of running and fighting and shooting and even a couple of explosions. I loved it. Most of the film worked for me, but there were a couple of things that didn’t really work for me. The romance didn’t work – I didn’t feel there was any sexual tension built up, so when they get it on, I didn’t really believe it. In fact, it was the relationships between Bourne and Marie that I didn’t buy – she agreed to take him very quickly, and whilst there was a very limited window for this to happen, I just didn’t buy it. Still, I put my doubts aside and just enjoyed the film; it’s my second favourite in the category of person-with-amnesia-realising-they-are-actually-an-assassin. I can’t imagine anything will overtake my love of The Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis in the main role.

The Bourne films are based on books by Robert Ludlum. I’m definitely up for watching the rest of the films – and perhaps even reading the books.

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