What’s It About:
When the man checks out his safety deposit box at the bank, he finds his mystery deepen. Inside is a large amount of money in various foreign bills, a gun, and passports and ID for himself from all over the world. The man discovers that his real name is Jason Bourne..or is it?
Bourne quickly finds himself in a lot of trouble. The police are after him and so are hired assassins. His only escape ends up being a ride with a German woman to Paris. Her name is Marie, and she unfortunately finds herself entangled in Bourne’s mystery as well. The two end up running from killers and trying to discover Bourne’s real identity.
The Bourne Identity is rated PG-13 for violence and some language.
Matt Damon is pretty good as Jason Bourne. He handles the action very well. Whether it’s hand-to-hand combat, a car chase, or a gunfight, Damon looks pretty intimidating. He looked like a natural at it. One cool scene has him fight an assassin with a ballpoint pen. The results are pretty gruesome, but cool. The final battle of the film also has him in a pretty intense gunfight, but I don’t want to ruin it for you here.
As I’ve already mentioned, the action in this film is pretty cool. It has one of the better car chases in recent memory. Damon and Franka Potente (from Run Lola Run) outrun Parisian cops in cars and motorcycles. There’s also an impressive scene where Damon outwits a sniper hiding in the woods. The results of that game of cat and mouse is pretty brutal.
The plot has a pretty good mystery with it. Since I was already familiar with the story, it was no surprise to me. But it was intriguing to see the mystery of Bourne’s identity unfold on screen. There’s one fun twist in the movie where Bourne must get some info from the records at a hotel. He sends Marie in with an elaborate spy-type plan to get the info out. Needless to say, she ends up carrying out her own plan with amusing results. This kind of thing never happens to James Bond.
This is also a good looking film. The scenery is great and the locations in Paris and Switzerland are impressive. A nice soundtrack backs up the movie. Overall this is an entertaining film and one worth checking out.
What Didn’t Work: