Rapid Review: The Bourne Identity (2002)

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“You’re U.S. Government property. You’re a malfunctioning $30 million weapon. You’re a total goddamn catastrophe, and by God, if it kills me, you’re going to tell me how this happened.”
– Conklin

SYNOPSIS: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8.5love Jason Bourne. Seriously. I love these movies. I have always enjoyed them. Plus, Matt Damon. Because Matt Damon is amazing. But really, I wish I could express how exciting and brilliant I find these movies. Okay, okay, let’s move on to the movie itself. The Bourne Identity is one of those action movies that ticks all the boxes for me. It is smart, has a really good story, has a solid cast carrying it all, is directed well, looks fantastic and has brilliant choreography. The pacing is something I liked. No rush here, so sirree, it starts with Bourne in the ocean, shot, fished out, almost dead, and as Bourne learns about himself, so does the audience, and that is a fun thing. There is no rush, and when the action kicks in, you get swept up in this intense mystery of who the hell Jason Bourne is, and what he was before the amnesia kicked in. Matt Damon is just brilliant here. He delivers us Bourne and he nails it – the emotions are down, you identify with Jason and root for him, even though you know nothing about him at all, it doesn’t matter. Hell, even when you learn he was a super spy assassin, that doesn’t matter. Bourne is layered, and his blank-slate introduction made him someone you could identify with in a hurry, so they didn’t have to tell you too much. But you uncovered more and more about him and find ways to slot the new information in on the man you have discovered him to be without his memory. The story is also pretty sharp, definitely a solid spy-thriller and it doesn’t get old, either. The camera work is also something to be admired, something that transports you right into the events that are unfolding before your very eyes. The Bourne Identity is a solid movie, with a gritty, realistic hero, something I would highly recommend spending some time watching, as it is well worth it!

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18 thoughts on “Rapid Review: The Bourne Identity (2002)

  1. lukebbtt says:

    I think Ultimatum is my favourite. Just because I thought Supremacy ended it nicely and I never saw the point of coming back. And then… boom! Best of the three. I loved the hell out of it. The other two were pretty decent as well though.

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  2. False Positive says:

    OK the Bourne movies rock! They have always been in ‘most loved’ collection of movies, everything about these is fantastic, however the latest one… Even though it was good, should’ve had another name and should’ve been removed from the series (but definitely aired). All in all your review is pretty spot on!

    Keep them coming 😀

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! I am a huge fan of the Bourne movies. I definitely agree there. Legacy was not a bad film, but should not have been flown under the Bourne banner.

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