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Bourne Identity, The (2002)

119 minutes

Directed by Doug Liman
Written by Robert Ludlum(novel), Tony Gilroy

Starring
 · Matt Damon
 · Franka Potente
 · Chris Cooper


Review by The Gnome (Billy Dal Porto)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Matt Damon is a very talented actor. He's able to get into a character and make you see someone other than Matt Damon. That's good acting, and it's hard to do when you're not able to hide behind make-up or costumes. The Bourne Identity is based on the book written by Robert Ludlum, and it made me want to read the book. Not many novel-borne movies can do that with me. I really wasn't sure about this movie, and was even heard saying I didn't think it was going to be any good. I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong. The Bourne Identity is about a man on the run from the CIA. The only catch is, he has no clue who he is or why he's being chased.

 

Popcorn

 
 87%

Very entertaining action film. It brings in suspense and really gets your mind going and your eyes popping. I wasn't sure if Matt Damon could pull off action so well, but in this movie, he really is comparable to Tom Cruise in Minority Report. You've got a really attractive damsel in distress, you've got Chris Cooper who always plays an excellent bad guy. What more could you ask for? This movie was everything an action movie should be and more.

 

Smarts

 
 84%

We can go through the oligatory acting and writing and directing, but let's forego that for now and get to the real issue. Was the car chase really that good? Yes. The car chase is excellent, especially because of the car it's done in. Does it rival the French Connection? I believe it does. After seeing both, I could not tell you which I liked better.

The directing is great, and, along with the writing, made an almost picture-perfect transition from book to screen. The acting is just something to gawk at, considering how bad most action film actors are.

This could have ended up being just another chase film, but there are so many "X" factors that play a part in making sure this doesn't become yet another cliche movie.

 

Final

This is definitely a must-see for action fans, Matt Damon fans, heck, movie fans even. I had my doubts, but like I said, I know when I'm wrong. Excellent movie.


380 Words Published: 20 March 2003

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