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The Bourne Identity 2002

  • Doug Liman
  • June 14, 2002
  • January 21, 2003
  • 119 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
He was the perfect weapon until he became the target.
Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. Bourne realizes, though, that he has the combat and mental skills of a world-class spy, but who does he work for?


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Seeing the 2016 sequel made me want to go back and watch this, so here we are.

For a film I’ve only seen once in the past, I’m surprised at just how memorable The Bourne Identity is. Everything from getting found in the ocean, the Mini car chase and even small things like ripping the fire map off the wall to find escapes - it all stuck with me, even 14 years on. It’s those details that elevate this above your average summer action film. They allow us to revel in Bourne’s ingenuity, and of course wonder where it all came from.

I had forgotten that Paul Greengrass doesn’t actually direct this film, it’s Doug Liman. The camera doesn’t shake as much as you might expect. While the wobbly hand-held effect is present, the latest instalment in the franchise makes this look like steadicam footage.

A really solid start to the trilogy.


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The sound bytes are horrible I can't hear a thing on most of the movies on this website??? what's going on? #ShiftvW8

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Boy does this hold up. So great. So much fun to see where it all started. Also, I know this kicked off a trend still in use today of quick, close cuts on fighting, but it still works here. Doesn't feel tired or played. I for a long time thought Supremacy was better, but watching this then Supremacy, I have no idea why. Number 2 is great too, but I gotta give the gold ribbon to this one. If only for the parts where he is discovering who he is. Not the "who am I really? who did I kill?" stuff, but him realizing he's some sort of bad ass as he kicks peoples asses. That's awesome and can't be replicated in sequels.

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