Bourne Identity

Directed By: Doug Liman Starring: Matt Damon Franka Potente

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by genesis on 7/10/2008

Plot was a little bit confusing and sometimes the picture was a little dark. I really enjoyed the movie.

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A man is washed up on the shores of the mediterranean sea,barely alive, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. His amnesia has left with virtually no clues to his past or his identity. Little by little, he tries to put his life back together while trying to avoid people who are trying to kill him


Studio Universal
SKU 40243056
UPC 025192545726
UPC 14 00025192545726
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Secret Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note As THE BOURNE IDENTITY begins, a man who may or may not be Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is found floating in the Mediterranean Sea and is hauled onto a fishing boat. When the ship's doctor examines the unconscious castaway, he discovers two bullet wounds and an implanted device that displays a Swiss bank account number. With nothing but this code, the amnesiac Bourne travels to Zurich and gains access to a safe-deposit box containing a gun, thousands of dollars in various currencies, and valid passports from numerous countries--each listing a different identity. Within minutes, Bourne is on the run from a seemingly ever-present agency, relying on language and fighting skills he didn't even know he possessed. Offering $20,000 for a ride to Paris, Bourne gains the reluctant help of the nomadic Marie (Franka Potente). Meanwhile, the shadowy organization, headed by a tough-talking bureaucrat (Chris Cooper), sends numerous assassins (including the Professor, played by Clive Owen) after Bourne and Marie. As their situation grows more perilous, the two strangers struggle to find out who Bourne really is and why they are being hunted.^Doug Liman's adaptation of Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel is a remarkable exercise in straightforward storytelling, with the director wisely choosing to focus on Bourne and his quest for identity. The fight sequences are thrilling, but never overly glamorized, and the film's pacing is engaging and deliberate. Damon, who displays genuine bewilderment as his character discovers his almost-superhuman abilities, anchors the proceedings with the subtle charm of an unlikely action hero. Potente also shines as Bourne's road companion, a savvy woman who slowly builds an utterly believable relationship with the confused man. Bearing distinct affinity for its European setting and classic Hollywood suspense films, THE BOURNE IDENTITY succeeds as an unusually smart character-driven thriller.
Rolling Stone "...Cool RONIN-style car chases ensue....BOURNE earns what passes as hip praise..." 07/04/2002 p.115
Los Angeles Times "...A tiptop espionage thriller....Laced with great shocking moments, BOURNE moves along smartly on its own steam, drawing us confidently into its orbit..." 06/14/2002 p.C1
USA Today "...Blisteringly fast, BOURNE also has a strong or striking supporting actor around every corner..." 06/14/2002 p.6E
Chicago Sun-Times "...Very well done, with skillful action sequences and a great chase scene through Paris streets..." 07/21/2002 p.5,"[A] skillful action moive....Well-crafted and acted....[Liman] directs the traffic well, gets a nice wintry look from his locations, absorbs us with the movie's spycraft and uses Damon's ability to be focused and sincere." 06/17/2002
Sight and Sound "...There's much to enjoy here....Liman has real talent....An undertone of humour enriches the action..." 09/01/2002 p.56-7
Doug Liman
Matt Damon
Franka Potente
Cast & Crew
Brian Cox - Actor
Chris Cooper - Actor
Clive Owen - Actor
Dan Weil - Production Designer
Doug Liman - Director
Franka Potente - Actor
Julia Stiles - Actor
Matt Damon - Actor
Patrick Crowley, et al. - Producer
Robert Ludlum - Based On Novel By
Tony Gilroy - Screenplay
W. Blake Herron - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 25457
UPC 00025192545726
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review In all likelihood, Robert Ludlum fans will not be pleased by this adaptation of one of the spy maste
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review There are moments that feel just on the edge of silly, but that's the idea. Director Doug Liman inte
Reviewer Mick Lasalle
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I kind of enjoyed The Bourne Identity. I had to put my mind on hold, but I was able to. I am
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Damon,Matt
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Desson Howe, Washington Post There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie.
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post A lean, deftly shot, well-acted, weirdly retro thriller that recalls a raft of '60s and '70s European-set spy pictures.
Todd McCarthy, Variety A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare.

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