Great movie. The girl who plays his love interest is perfect. I would die for her too> 420
The Bourne Identity introduces a new and familiar character to the hearts of most action movie lovers. Jason Bourne is that character you are sure you know loads about and yet nothing. Matt Damon somehow manages to make the cliche of a virtuous killer not as tiring and beleaguered as most current action drama heroes are. Bourne seems ruthless and yet very warm. The movie develops from into an attempt to unravel the philosophic quest for identity that every human being faces, with its engaging plot and round main characters. The action in and out of itself is not a disappointment. Damon presents a convincingly lethal performance that complements the titular character adequately. The movie fortunately fails to evolve into the modern cliche of good versus evil and instead maintains its grasp of complex characters with complex morals and ethics. With four out of five stars, the movie is a good enough start for the highly successful franchise.
- @TheEccentric of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Is the Bourne Identity as written by Robert Ludlum? No. It shares a title, some of the same characters and some of the plot points, but it isn't the Bourne Identity as written by Robert Ludlum. (For a version that sticks closely to Ludlum's novel look for the 1988 TV Movie with Richard Chamberlain.) Is it a good movie featuring the character of Jason Bourne? Yes, yes it is. I think that if you've read the books, you might be a little disappointed. If you haven't and like good spy/action movies, then you'll probably enjoy it.
Great action movie. Fast paced and really keeps you on the edge of your seat
Using Robert Ludlum's book Bourne Identity as a story platform, the movie blasts off on a journey that pulsates with action, energy and fear throughout its two-hour tour. The thundering beat of music--John Powell won yet another ASCAP prize for his work--underlying the action creates a feeling of havoc and hopelessness for the lead Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. The movie leaves no time to ever get bored, there's way too much peril for that, but the editing done by Saar Klein (The Thin Red Line) pushes one into the action and never lets go. It is near impossible to look away. Movie goers are lucky Robert Ludlum left his profession at age 40 to pursue his passion: writing. Luck continued as Doug Liman directed this fast-paced rogue-CIA-bad-guys tale as he did 2007's Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne series (three with Damon) stands the test of time as classics.
Ummm... this is the Richard Chamberlain version! And the director was Roger Young, NOT Paul Greengrass...!
First, these movies have nothing to do with the pathetic Robert Ludlum novels, which were frequently used as vessels of disinformation [his relative, John Ludlum, was special assistant to James Jesus Angleton of the CIA], and Ludlum once claimed he was given a tip by a CIA type that Carlos the Jackal was responsible for the murder of JFK [pretty damn good, since Carlos was three years old at the time?!?!?!?!?]! The story and script writer did outstanding research, as the context is an updated telling what really transpired; think ZR/RIFLE instead of Treadstone, and you'll understand. Tight script, plotting and superlative action scenes.
So dang epic. Love this movie! The highlight of the movie was Bourne's flashbacks and of course the fight scenes! Great movie, I will be watching the others.
The original Bourne Trilogy rates as a whole 4.5 stars. I myself, RARELY watch "action" movies but the real car crashes and plausible espionage scenarios make for some exhilarating viewing.
Perhaps if everyone who borrows these DVDs from VPL, requests that VPL orders the Blu Rays for their catalogue, maybe we'll get to watch these in glorious 1080p where they belong.
Make it happen, people!!
An entertaining film that introduces the characters to set up the future films. Suffers from an unbelievable scene where he shoots up an embassy, escapes, and meets a girl, Marie, who was in the same embassy, and they have time to have a convo in the alley?? Why not just have the police stop them both and say, "hey, have you seen someone who looks exactly like that guy?" "No," and then let them go...
First off, the movie is much better than the book. Don't pre-judge the movie by the amateurish writing style & plot themes as presented in Ludlum's book. The movie is a whole different ball game.
Now about the DVD. If you are a fan of action/ adventure/spy movies, certainly deserves a viewing. Very competent acting by both Matt Damon (as Jason Bourne) and German actress Franka Potente (as Bourne's love interest, Marie). The plot -- which deviates from the book & is much simplified , both of which are a big positive for the DVD -- still remains a tad bit rambling, confused, and unclosed. But the plot lulls are interspersed with excellent martial arts and car chase scenes to keep your attention. All in all a pretty good movie.
“The Bourne Identity” has a great mix of character development, mystery, and adventure, such that it rises way above other similar thriller movies. In the 10 years since its release, Matt Damon and Clive Owen have become top ranking stars. Ten years ago, Owen was barely known outside of the UK, but even though he only has a few lines of dialog in this film, he is now listed fairly high. Early on in the film, I thought I spotted Owen when they were showing various secret agents throughout the world, but he was shown for just a few seconds. An hour later, sure enough, he shows up for an assassination attempt. This film should satisfy both action fans and art fans.
The best of the three Bourne films that I have seen. The film actually stands alone pretty well as a complete, well paced, well acted spy action/thriller. Really had a long lasting and significant affect on the genre by casting a "normal" guy as an action star. The fight scenes are intense and have been copied since. Fairly innovative overall.
It is nice to see an actor embrace a character and not get overwhelmed by the character.
Matt stayed true to form in this movie and it was a pleasure to watch
The Bourne Identity ---- DVD - 2004 ---- By Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum ---- screenplay writers, Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron ; director ; Doug Liman ---- MPAA rating PG-13.---- This movie is hot and fast, w/o alot of build up. ---- The show Rocks! ----
Performers: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul.
There wasn't much to not like about it! Just an all round well-done series! Good actors (it really added to effect that most of them were moderately no-name actors), amazing directing (Paul Greengrass is epic!). The constant change in locations, languages and that Bourne could master it all to always be ahead of the system just takes our definition of a modern-day hero to the next level. Loved the bonus features on the DVD, fun to watch.
This movie was fantastic. It went along with the book pretty well. I've enjoyed all the movies in this series. Great action scenes. well directed, and acted. This trilogy is a must see!