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The Bourne Identity Movie Review

Updated on December 22, 2017

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Movie Review Of The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity is an action packed movie throughout. The movie is based on the 1980 Cold War novel The Bourne Identity and the two day mini series on ABC with the same title. Matt Damon took over in 2002 and starred in the Bourne series.

The movie begins with Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) being rescued by a fishing boat. His memory is gone and he needs answers. All he has to go on is an implanted bank account number underneath his skin.

A few fight scenes later he makes it to the bank. While inside the bank in he discovers more about himself. Some more fighting ensues as some bank officials see him as suspicious. After escaping he pays a woman 20,000 dollars to drive him to Paris, France.

In his apartment in Paris, he discovers even more of himself. He finds out more of what he was doing in France, and unknown to him, the team he was working with is now his enemy.

Brief Synopsis

The movie is full of fight scenes. If you are a person who likes non-stop fighting and action then this movie will be great to add to your collection. The main character played by Matt Damon is a highly trained martial arts artist and displays his talents throughout the film. Neck breaks, broken arms, skilled shots, explosions, car chases, and more are displayed throughout. He must have killed over 20 people with his bare hands.

The movie was filmed entirely in Europe, mostly in Paris France and the Czech Republic. It encompasses an action thrill ride of wild and crazy fight scenes between an assassin with amnesia vs highly trained government officials throughout the film.

There was one love scene with a good old fashioned come back for the girl at the end.

My Movie Review

For me, Matt Damon did not have a great performance acting wise. There was not much depth to his or any of the characters withing the movie. His character was like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2. There was no emotion, originality, or style to his character. If this was the writers attempt to be original by being creating a main character who is unoriginal and boring, then it worked. Instead, the movie focuses on total action.

I also found the movie tough to keep up with. Certain points in the movie were so unrealistic your left with expression like "huh". I found their to be many of those moments inside the movie.

Here is a man who has amnesia and somehow recognizes his martial arts skills enough to kill many other trained enforcement officials with bare hands or hook-up with a woman for a ride after she witnessed him murdering a bunch of men at a bank. If I was her, I would be freaked out of my mind and shaken. I was left wishing it was a smoother ride through the movie.

It was very predictable as well. There was no suspense at all. For this type of action movie I was expecting even a little suspense. Instead I was guessing every outcome within the film.

What did draw me in was the martial arts. The way the director would display the fighting scenes were very cool to me. It seemed like he would catch every punch, break, kick in a way you have never seen before.

Also the scenery around the various parts of Europe were quite eye-catching. They really picked some nice locations to shoot the scenes.

The love scene was horrible and seemed to just be thrown together. I think it would have been more believable if the characters did not sleep together. Its a scene that was not put together well. I never did get the sense of love between the two.

The other characters inside the movie did not blend well. Chris Cooper had better scenes than Matt Damon acting wise. The movie instead had a focus on fighting and action.

Film Director


The movie is directed by Doug Liman - Past titles include The Fair Game (2010), Swingers (1996), Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)


Matt Damon - Good Will Hunting (2007), The Rainmaker (1997), The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Chris Cooper, Franka Potente

© 2017 Cacey Taylor


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