Review: The Bourne Identity

by Jake Sproul

Rating: (out of )

Matt Damon is (probably) Jason Bourne. Jason is pulled from the Mediterranean Sea with two bullet holes in his back. A bank account number in his side. And a nasty case of amnesia. He has no idea who he is. Things start to get interesting when at the bank, he finds several passports, millions of dollars, and a gun. Push comes to shove, and he discovers that people are trying to kill him, but who?

With the help of a mysterious drifter named Marie (Franka Potente), he embarks on an adventure to Paris to try and find out who he is. Along the way, he has to dodge the police and several assassins. The audience knows that it is the CIA that is trying to kill him, but we donít know why they are trying to kill him (maybe plot lines for the sequels?). And we figure out along with Jason that he is an assassin himself.

The Bourne Identity is strictly a popcorn summer action movie. The plot is flawed badly, and at times very hard to follow, but if you turn your brain off, there is some fun to be had.

Identity doesnít give a great platform to showcase the acting talents of Matt Damon or anyone involved. But we knew that this isnít Oscar material anyways, but rather a film to keep your hand in the popcorn box. And is succeeds on that level.

© 2002 Jake Sproul

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