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Empire Admin -> Bourne Identity, The (10/11/2005 7:42:37 PM)

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alexisreaver2132 -> bourne again (17/5/2006 1:10:09 PM)

Another fine addition to a worthy genre...fantastic.




Eomer_King -> The Bourne Identity (9/11/2006 4:40:20 PM)

The film that launched Matt Damon's career as an action star and cemented him as one of the leading A-list stars in the Holywood game, The Bourne Identity is fast-paced, ultra-cool and just so bloody good that it is hard to imagine the initial scepticism that greeted it. Directed by Doug Liman, a low-profile indie brat, and starring an Oscar winner best known for his dramatic turns in the likes of Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr Ripley, this should have been, at best, an underwhelming, high-brow spy thriller punching way above its weight. Instead the result was a truly kinetic mix of intelligent plotting and intense action.

From the moment that Jason Bourne is found bobbing in the ocean, stricken with severe amnesia, an overwhelming sense of paranoia takes hold. As he comes to and begins a search to find out his real identity, we see shadowy suits at Langley discussing their prime killer's trip 'off the reservation.' It is testament to Damon's skill as an actor that the character's conflicting traits are so easily displayed without ever being unconvincing. Bourne can speak half a dozen languages, disappear at will and, as evinced early on, is a lethal killing machine the like of which only a couple of billion can buy. Yet at all times he appears gentle, polite and even vulnerable.

Indeed the audience is drawn into his quest, each new piece of information being learned in conjunction with the protagonist. The story is all the more compelling for the whispered exchanges in Washington regarding 'Bourne' compared with the all-American icon we see before us.

Various sub-plots swirl beneath the main focus, each pointing to the wider truth that Bourne so desperately seeks. The machinations of Chris Cooper's Conklin and Brian Cox's oily intelligence chief are pretty standard but this ever-watchable pair make the best use of the limited material. A chilling, near-silent extended cameo from Clive Owen centres on the job Bourne should have finished. Indeed the ruthlessness with which this character goes about his business gives an insight into our hero's previous incarnation; doped up on military training, impervious to the sort of emotion he so readily feels once amnesia strikes and his essentially decent  sensibilities are set free.

While The Bourne Identity weighs in with the necessary dramatic nuances, the myriad action is just as impressive. An early sequence in the US Consulate, a brutal fist-fight in Paris (which will have viewers shifting uncomfortably in their seats), a Parisien car-chase and an equally taut final face-off are all perfectly executed. The chic, Euro-cool locations add a welcome twist to concepts that have been done a thousand times over. Liman's independent background clearly influences the overall tone, proceedings are viewed without the need for dazzling visual aids.

Liman employs no camera-trickery, no CGI and no tired old conceits. Instead the film breathes new life into a genre that, after the last Bond disaster, was in serious trouble of slipping into self-parody. With realism now the order of the day, The Bourne Identity has the necessary gravitas and dramatic resonance to give audiences what they crave for-intelligent, stylish, rip-roaring entertainment.




john.sharman27 -> Bourne Identity (28/1/2007 4:58:07 PM)

This film was american indie film-making in Europe . Matt Damon was a revelation as an action hero. Potente humanized his blank personality enough to make you care. The Bourne project showed there was life after James Bond, an over flogged franchise if ever there was one. The new Casino Royale has learned from 'Bourne': energetic,earthbound, a believable hero. Bourne again!




rockerjo -> Bourne Begins (31/1/2007 5:48:51 PM)

truely great piece of work. the cool action scenes are great and so are the stunts. *RECOMMENDED*




tallaght24 -> (3/7/2007 1:13:16 PM)

Meh. Nothing to write home to the kids about!




tallaght24 -> (3/7/2007 1:13:16 PM)

Meh. Nothing to write home to the kids about!




theslinker -> PURE BOURNE (28/7/2007 8:21:37 PM)

At last we have some quality spy thrillers with the Bourne films.It made the bond producers take a look at what they were doing,Now there`s praise personified.




theslinker -> PURE BOURNE (28/7/2007 8:21:37 PM)

At last we have some quality spy thrillers with the Bourne films.It made the bond producers take a look at what they were doing,Now there`s praise personified.




dhollseed -> Engaging... (18/8/2007 2:14:08 AM)

...Damon is surprisingly effective as a highly-trained super agent action man. Potente is an engrossing side-kick. The plot is failry forgettable but this is decent popcorn-chewing cinema. Good fight scenes.




dhollseed -> Engaging... (18/8/2007 2:14:09 AM)

...Damon is surprisingly effective as a highly-trained super agent action man. Potente is an engrossing side-kick. The plot is failry forgettable but this is decent popcorn-chewing cinema. Good fight scenes.




dgribble -> (28/2/2008 5:38:50 PM)

I find these movies to be alittle overated, the plot is nothing to brack about as it seems like something we've heard before, and the action and car chases are a little to fast paced, and this is just my opinion, but I really see no need to watch it again.




JohnPaul1996 -> I really want to see what happens in the end of the series. (1/7/2008 9:48:39 PM)

I"ll be honest with u,i was"nt a big fan of this movie,but it gives u that urge to spend money and watch the next onei believe that it"s called.....addiction.




Al Swearengen -> Brilliant (4/11/2008 11:09:29 AM)

i just re-watched The Bourne Identity (ive seen each movie once). I loved it even more the 2 time around. Brilliant cat & mouse thriller.

Damon is fantastic. As soon as the movie finished i got the need to watch the Supremacy, fantastic satisfying ending yet it leaves you wanting to see more.

I'm just glad it isn't 2002 where i'd have to be waiting around for next movie.

Hopefully they get their acts together and release a 4th movie.

I'm hard picked to what i prefer? The Bourne movies or new Bond series, both brilliant.




COLO -> Bond Gets Beaten by an Amnesiac (9/7/2010 7:33:35 PM)

One of the things I loved about this movie is the lack of a need for the frenzy of lengthy gun fights and explosions that are normally packed into these movies. This gave the Bourne Identity a whole new level of independence from the typical action movie clichés, and the result is truly spectacular.

Actually, Bourne takes a while to get into any type of action whatsoever. In fact, one could be forgiven at first for mistaking this for some sort of drama - right up until the point where our hero knocks out two men in one quick burst.

It should be noted that, with the lack of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarznegger types nowadays, more serious and dramatic actors are buffing up for the action movies of today, hence Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Ironically, Bourne will probably turn out to be the defining moment of his career.

The support acting isn't too bad either. Franka Potente adds a touch of innocence as Bourne's girlfriend Marie, Chris Cooper and Brian Cox are excellent as his former employers out to put him in a body bag. Carrying out their orders, Clive Owen is discreetly impressive as the assassin sent to kill him, while showing some signs of a personality which sets him apart from most stereotypical assassins, even complaining openly about his job to Bourne - "look at what they make you give". Kinda like Agent Smith in a way so.

Teaming all this with some superb writing and directing, and a breathtaking car chase through Paris, and you have a true masterpiece of modern action movies. In one go, Jason Bourne has overthrown James Bond as the greatest action hero ever.




the film man -> The Bourne Identity Review (15/1/2012 5:14:11 PM)

Expertly blending genre formula with bursts of unexpected wit, The Bourne Identity is an action thriller that delivers - and then some.




Mr Gittes -> A great action thriller (7/2/2013 9:18:47 PM)

A superb start to a great trilogy. The story is brilliant. Cooper is sublime as always, Clive Owen makes a wonderful appearance, Brian Cox is terrific and Matt Damon was born to be Bourne (sorry).




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