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.

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