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The Bourne Identity—Movie Review

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“The Bourne Identity” has Matt Damon as an action star and the relatively unknown Franka Potente as his unwitting partner.After “The Bourne Identity,” Potente will be a much more recognizable – and admired – actress. In “The Bourne Identity,” Damon plays a man who is rescued at sea and awakens unaware of who he is or how he got there. All he does know is that he possesses incredible skills at fighting and can scan a scene and know instantly what’s safe, who is an ally, and where the quickest escape routes are. These don’t seem to be skills your average Joe would possess, so Damon’s character knows something’s up.

After discovering passports with multiple identities, bundles of cash, and a gun, all securely placed in a safe deposit box, Damon adopts Jason Bourne as his likeliest name and embarks on a hunt for his true identity. Teaming up with an unwitting accomplice, Marie Kreutz (played by Franka Potente), Bourne fights off police officers, secret agents, an unknown but powerful organization, and participates in an incredible chase through the streets of Paris that rivals the classic chase scene from “The French Connection.” He does all this while trying not to fall for Marie’s considerable charms.

Matt Damon proves he’s more than up to the task as an action star. With muscles rippling, he fights, flees, and falls in love more convincingly than most actors we’ve been forced to accept as action heroes. Franka Potente isn’t the classic leading lady – she’s beautiful in a more subtle way – and she’s much more than the typical damsel in distress. The audience can relate to, and believe, that Damon’s Bourne falls for her quickly because of her beauty, brains and personality. These two are on-screen for the majority of the film, leaving veteran actors Chris Cooper and Brian Cox to complete the story with substantially less screen time. Cooper and Cox make the most of their limited roles, fleshing out their two-dimensional characters and elevating their jobs as supporting players to a higher level.

“The Bourne Identity” is more than an action film; it’s even more than an action/romance. “The Bourne Identity” has the benefit of interesting characters, a cast of actors who don’t go over the top with their stunts, a storyline that keeps on moving, and enough dialogue to make even a non-action/adventure fan like myself pay attention to the film. Not once did I look at my watch during the screening – and that’s saying a lot for a movie.

8.5/10

Director: Doug Liman

Based on the Novel By: Robert Ludlum

Jason Bourne – Matt Damon
Marie – Franka Potente
Conklin – Chris Cooper
The Professor – Clive Owen
Ward Abbott – Brian Cox

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July 6, 2007 - Posted by | Matt Damon, Movies, My World, Reviews, Rohan

3 Comments »

  1. Brilliant review bro. When you borrow content from online sources, be sure to mention it or link to it. Also send the trackback.

    Here’s the LINK to the site with the review. Anyways, keep up the good work.

    Comment by Joe Kulangara | July 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. @joey….ya man…next time onwards….will provide for sure..

    Comment by rohanmanoharlovetobe | July 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. Thanks Matt for your outstanding work in Haiti

    Comment by gerthy lahens | February 13, 2009 | Reply


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