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      27.12.2011 23:43
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      One of the best action thrillers of the last 10 years !

      "The Bourne Identity" is a 2002 american action movie directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen and Brian Cox.

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      The Plot:

      An Italian fishing boat on a fishing trip off the coast of Marseille, France notice a body floating in the water ( Matt Damon ) with a distress beacon flashing, once they bring it aboard they notice two bullet holes but also the person is alive, the ships doctor manages to retrieve the bullets and the man regains consciousness, however he has no memory of who he is or how he got to be there, and the only evidence to help him is a tiny laser projector surgically implanted in his hip that contains the number to a safety deposit box in Zurich Switzerland.

      After he lands ashore he makes his way to Zurich and very quickly discovers his name to be Jason Bourne, he also discovers being very proficient in hand to hand combat skills after an encounter with two policemen and discovers he is bi-lingual, meanwhile we learn he is a covert assassin for the CIA who failed in a mission to assassinate a top political figure under a mission named "Treadstone" and the CIA begin a manhunt to retrieve their man by any means necessary, all the while Jason must find out who he is and how he got to this point, along the way enlisting the help of a young woman named Marie ( Franka Potente )

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      "The Bourne Identity" is as I described in my title the reason James Bond movies now are more gritty and realistic with an emphasis on Bond being well versed in hand to hand combat, as when Bourne came along Bond movies were still being shot very much as they were in the 70's and 80's relying on James being suave and sophisticated and taking care of enemies with little physical involvement, then we see Jason Bourne, also a spy ( technically ) but a real human being with flaws and emotion and someone who is clearly well trained in every form of physical combat there is.

      I love the way Bourne is shot, the camera work is shaky and makes you feel as though you're right there with the characters on the streets or in particular in the car while they're being chased through the streets of paris, I love the soundtrack and the gritty incidental music that fits the mood of each scene perfectly, and I love the storyline with Jason not knowing who he is, or indeed the audience not learning the main characters name until a good time into the movie.

      Doug Liman did a great job of transporting Jason Bourne from the books to the big screen, I've never read the books and I understand that there are some differences between the movie version and the written version but nonetheless the character stands up and is truly one of the great movie good guys of the 21st century, and Matt Damon deserves all the credit for that, he turns Jason Bourne into a believable, capable hero and the kind of guy who could live next door to you and you would never suspect that he is a CIA assassin.

      If you're a fan of action movies then this will fit the bill perfectly, if you're a fan of spy stuff then again this will do exactly what you need it to and if you're just a casual moviegoer then you'll certainly be entertained for 118 Minutes.

      Highly recommended for everyone !!

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      22.12.2011 21:46

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      Great action packed film

      Bourne Identity what a great film, it kept you on the edge of your seat through out. The story starts with Matt Damon being hauled into a fishing trawler, he has no recollection of whats happened in his past and the story is him learning this. This film I can watch over and over as it has so many things going on and little tricks that Damon does that you may only notice the second/third time round.
      The story has a lovely feel to it as you learn what happened to Damon in his past as he does, so you feel very much a part of the film. There are plenty of action packed scenes of gun battles and martial arts by Damon which keep you enthralled.
      On top of this there is a romantic story running through the film as well, as much as you would have thought nothing would happen if someone kind of hijacked you and paid you lots of money, but then again people do do the craziest of things.

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      26.04.2010 12:01
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      4/5

      I watched this last night and was a bit apprehensive as this is not normally my first choice type of film, im more of a chick-flick kinda girl. The majority was against me however so this film slipped into the dvd player.

      Starring Matt Damon, this film is about a man who is found washed up in the sea by a bunch of fishermen who help to clean him up, look after him for a bit and then set him on his way to find out who he is as he has completely forgotton. In his hip, the doctor man finds a thing which has the account number for a Swiss bank account so Matt Damon heads to Zurich to check it out as this is the only clue he has got.

      Here it soon emerges that he is perhaps something special as he is easilly able to beat people up and speak a multitude of languages. When he opens his safety deposit box, he finds numerous passports with his face on them and different names, and a lot of money in euros and US Dollars, and also he finds a gun. This is all a bit wierd to him so he just runs but he seems to have a bit of a paranoia about him as he thinks everyone is looking at him.

      The paranoia is really well portrayed both in the acting and the music and the directing. So basically he thinks he is Jason Bourne and he lives in Paris, so this is his next goal. He finds a desperate girl and offers her $20,000 to drive him to paris. She accepts and they become good friends and start a massive fight against, they aren't quite sure, trying to just stay alive.

      Bourne is a clever guy and he is really well acted, perhaps one of Damons better roles ever and one I think he should be proud of. He plays the character very well and really makes you feel on edge a lot of the time.

      The film wasn't too scary but it did make me jump and half of the time I had no idea what was going to happen next. There is a lot of gun fire and fighting but this is ok and it is more of an action film than a scary film.

      I reccomend it, even if you arent too sure about this kind of film, but not for children (I dont know the age certification sorry)!

      I liked it though!

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        29.03.2010 01:44

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        Watch it and read it

        The Bourne Trilogy is probably what Matt Damon will probably most be remembered for (either that or Saving Private Ryan). The Identity works at a thrillingly fast pace, as Bourne tries to piece together who he really is. I was shocked to find that the book had a totally different story (apart from the name Jason Bourne and the girl), so I don't think anyone should watch it expecting to see the story written in the book, but rather expect to see an interpretation of that, which works well in its own right. The choreography of the fight scenes and the stunts are phenomanal and it has an excellent plot line as well. One of the many films which are the first in a trilogy, and are arguably the best. However, unlike most trilogies, the sequels remain consistently on the same good standard set by the first, and don't become victim to sequelitis.

        All-in-all, a great spy thriller film, and definitely one to watch, especially as a trilogy.

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        10.03.2010 20:44
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        a series of films that you have to watch

        "The Bourne Identity" is a great espionage thriller with a surprising choice of lead actors. A gamble, which has greatly paid of. This is easily one of the best all-out action films I've seen in years.

        Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, picked up by sailors drifting out to sea. He has no memory of who or what he is, he has several bullets still in him and a curious gizmo in his hip which tells him of an accountant held in Zurich. Gradually, Jason begins to put the pieces back together again, especially when he discovers that unknown individuals are out to kill him for reasons beyond him. Luckily for Jason, he has an uncanny instinct for violence and escapism which will doubtless prove useful. Along for the ride is Marie (Franka Potente), a German civilian who quickly gets caught up in the fracas with the aid of a funky red Mini Cooper.

        Sharp, snazzy and well paced, "The Bourne Identity" is a blast-a-minute spy film in the great traditions of James Bond. Exotic locations throughout Europe, a sexy female companion and OTT set-pieces - what more could you ask for? Thankfully, Bourne is much more of an intriguing character than 007 as his memory loss provides him (and us, of course) the perfect vehicle for clue-chasing and baddie-bashing. Amnesia is a tricky thing to sell to an audience for credibility but this is a rare exception. He has no snappy one-liners, no cheesy chat-up lines. He feels much more like an actual spy rather than Bond's increasingly frequent self-parody of such. Neither does the action feel too contrived as a gripping escape from the US embassy in Paris proves. The subsequent car-chase also is exciting and very well produced, though nothing to touch "Taxi" (the French original, anyway) for a car chase in Paris.

        The fact is that this feels like a modern spy film. The film is tense and thrilling the whole way through but never leaves you short of enjoyment, and a powerful urge to watch the next two films.

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        09.03.2010 01:34
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        Overall, extremely good spy thriller

        I watched the Bourne Identity on DVD recently and really enjoyed it. I have seen a few spy thrillers over the years and this is one of the best to be honest with you. It is extremely entertaining.

        The movie itself is nearly 2 hours long and was rated PG-13 so I would not recommend this to younger children due to some violence. The film is based on the book by the same name.

        In regards to the plot of the movie, one night during a particularly bad storm, a man is found floating in the mediterranean Sea unconscious. He is rescued and brought on to a fishing boat. The doctor who is tending to him on the boat removes two bullets from his back and a small laser pointer thing from his hip. The laser pointer thing revealed the number of an account in a bank in Switzerland. The man wakes up not knowing who he was or where he was. He eventually makes his way to the bank account in Switzerland where he has a safety deposit box full of things like passport with the name of Jason Bourne on it and a Paris address.

        Jason realised that people are after him but he doesn't know why. Slowly he starts to piece things together as the come back to him. The movie is very high paces and alot happens in a short space of time.


        The mystery and suspense in this movie deals with who Jason Bourne really was, and if that is even his real name. Jason had amnesia and spends most of the movie trying to figure out who he was and how he ended up floating in the Mediterranean Sea. As the movie progressed, he remembered a few things here and there.

        I thought that the acting in the Bourne Identity was very good indeed. Matt Damon in particular was extremely good and a believable character.

        The Bourne Identity for me was very enjoyable and a load of action throughout. Is is essentially a very good action spy thriller and if you enjoy that sort of thing you will love this.

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        27.02.2010 19:28
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        Will keep you amused so watch it.

        Introduction:

        Bourne Identity is the explosive action movie starring Matt Damon and Frank Potent and directed by Doug Liman. The film was adapted from Robert Ludlum's 1980 best seller. This film was nominated for 3 awards and won the 2003 ASCAP award in the category of Top Box Office Films.

        The Plot:

        Bourne (Matt Dammon) is found by fishermen floating in the sea alive but with two bullets in his back. His is nursed back to health but has lost his memory and doesn't know who he is or how he got there. He slowly puts the pieces together with little clues that he finds such as the Swiss bank account number which is implanted in his hip. Bourne soon discover that he is being hunted but as his memory starts to return he realise that he is not your average Joe but someone who owns fake passports and a gun and has exceptional fighting skills. Bourne gains a friend in the form of Maria Helena Kreutz (Potente) and the two go on the run from authorities to solve the mystery of Bournes's identity?

        My Thoughts:

        I really enjoyed this film and found it to be quite fast paced with loads of action and brilliantly realistic fight sequences. The plot isn't bad either although it is quite predictable. If your a fan of James Bond movies you'll probably like this. Matt Dillon puts in an ok performance but something felt as though it was missing, he didn't seem to fit the character and I would have chosen somebody else to play his part. It's not an unforgettable movie or one that you courld watch over and over again but it will keep most people amused.

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        26.01.2010 22:33

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        excellent

        the bourne identity is about a cds assasin called david webb that wakes up one day from a coma after being fished out the sea by a fisherman. he finds out that he has lost his memory and the only thing that can identify him is a chip that has been inserted in his skin which a zurich bank account number in.
        the story develops as he trys to find out who he is and who is actually trying to kill him. he trys to discover identity which does not happen easily as people are constantly after him.
        he quickly finds he has no body to turn to and that he can trust nobody except from a woman that he initially takes hostage- marie st jacques who later becomes his lover and partner.
        the authot has written many other books in this series so if you enjoy the first one then you are sure to enjoy the other.

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        05.01.2010 21:32
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        definatley one to watch

        The bourne identity is the first film in a series of stories about jason bourne (matt damon). The film is rated 12 and runs for nearly 2 hours.

        ===Story===
        The story of jason bourne is very exciting , the film starts off with jason being picked up by a italian fishing ship with two bullets in his back and a mysterious back number. The first film follows the story of him following the clues to discover who he is and why he remembers how to fight and how to survive. The story is very exciting and is packed full of action, be it fights , car chases or suspense, this film always has something going on and does not leave you bored.

        ===Acting===
        The acting in the film is done very well and matt damon does a good job of playing jason bourne, before this i had not seen him as an actor so the unknown aspect really fitted with me and he did seem anonymous.
        The other actors are also played very well and leave an air of secrecy about their work which really helps to raise the suspence of the film.

        ===Filming===
        The movie is packed full of action and the camera reflects this , there is a lot of movement and although this can add to the excitement and make you feel more involved , it can also be quite annoying at times. It is how ever very bearable as all the other aspects make up for it.

        ===Sound===
        The film is very clear and its easy to hear the actors even when the music is loud. The musical score reflects the movie quite well and helps to reinforce the atmosphere the director wants.

        ===Extras===
        The dvd extras feature a commentry, alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, behind the scenes and trailers.

        ===Overall===
        Overall this is a very good film and is worth a watch , the film is under a fiver on amazon and the boxset with all 3 film is £13.

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        25.11.2009 15:56
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        Utterly brilliant.

        The Bourne Identity is a 2002 action thriller loosely based on the book of the same name by Robert Ludlum, directed by Doug Liman and starring Matt Damon and Franka Potente.

        Found adrift at sea by a fishing boat with two bullets in his back, Damon's character wakes up with no memory of who he is or where he's from, even unsure of his nationality since he is fluent in a number of languages. Also found under his skin is an account number for a bank account in Switzerland. With the financial aid of one of the fishermen, he travels to the bank and finds a safety deposit box containing a passport with the name Jason Bourne on it. Then he finds more passports with different names but his photo in them, and also a loaded gun. In America, a secret government agency headed by Chris Cooper's character Conklin is attempting to track down and eliminate Bourne so the mission he was on isn't discovered. Using the training he has no recollection of receiving, Jason, together with a girl called Marie who gets caught up in the mess, attempts to elude his assassins while also finding out what his true identity is....

        On paper, this film should not have worked - having already been a TV movie in the 80s this version would be directed by an indie film-maker in Liman (his previous films of note being Swingers and Go), starring a pretty boy actor known then for his acting talents but not for action in Damon and loosely based on a spy thriller from the 70s, it would seem the studio were also less than confident in the choices made. Regular script rewrite suggestions were faxed to Liman on set and he and Damon had to fight for the inclusion of certain scenes. On top of that he film went $8million over it's original budget. What no one knew then, but we do now, is that all those problems were worth enduring with the birth of THE 21st century action hero which led to the subsequent Supremacy and Ultimatum.

        What both Liman and Damon seemed to understand, was that whilst they were making an action film the most important thing was the character of Bourne himself. Wrongly labelled as the "anti-Bond", in my opinion, Bourne is not a spy out to save the world, confident in his own ability, is he a confused man out to save himself who just happens to have the tools to do so. In fact, when he finds out the nature of his work, he is attempting to run away from it, not embrace it. In this Damon nails the character, and even does a number of his own stunts to prove he had the phsyicality to be believable. And though character is the most important thing, this film doesn't scrimp on the action, with a number of exhillerating scenes, notably a siege in an American consulate and a car chase through Paris. In fact, it's an incredible feat that we care so much about the character of Bourne because the film zips by at an incredible pace, there are no unnecessary scenes, everything is there with a purpose.

        Accompanying Damon is German actress Franka Potente as Marie, she gives a believable performance as an ordinary woman caught in an extraordinary situation and makes a credible love interest for Bourne. Cooper as the shadowy Conklin and Brian Cox as his boss Abbott both give their customary great supporting performances. Aside from a brief cameo for Clive Owen, and a limited role for Julia Stiles, this is Damon's show.

        The first of a very strong trilogy, each one having strengths and weaknesses that the others don't possess. If you've yet to see them, begin with this gripping thriller.

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        20.11.2009 20:12
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        Great espionage movie

        Matt Damon is amazing in this film. I'll be the first to put my hand up and say I saw him as a bit of a softie and never imagined him in an action filled role. But this isn't some typical hollywood action movie, this is a movie adapted from a novel, Robert Ludlums The Bourne identity. An author known for his books on the cold war and espionage. I have read this amazing book and was sceptical about the film adaptation but as the closing credits rolled up the screen I thought Matt Damon is amazing.

        I am relieved there is no 'Cool guys don't look at explosions' moments where they turn around and just walk away in slow motion. The action, fight and escape scenes are incredible yet credible. There was no moment I said 'OOOh come on' or 'yeah right'.

        Jason Bourne is found half dead and suffering from amnesia. Jason discovers he is a skilled, fighter and marksman. Everything he does seems to be based on instinct and he therefore embarks on a quest to discover who and what he is and why he was left for dead. This leads us on a country hopping, fast paced adventure filled with car chases, gunfights and amazing hand to hand combat.

        Conspiracy theorists will love this movie as the CIA are represented as a ruthless 'For the greater good' type of organisation with cctv and agents round every corner. You know 'Big Brother is always watching'. So If you love espionage, action and great storytelling you will love this movie. It's relief to know that hollywood can still believe in and finance great movies.

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        17.11.2009 18:15

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        Very compelling plot and action scenes

        Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, an assassin who cannot remember anything of his past. He is discovered by Fishermen in the ocean, wounded from his last mission. All that he has to identify himself is a bank account number.

        He gradually pieces his limited memories together and realises he has the skills and intuition of a spy when he meets Marie, a german girl who gives him a lift for cash. She becomes entangled in his struggle to find the truth when his former employees send assassins to kill them both and bury their secrets.

        The movie is packed with action from impossibly quick and perfectly choreographed fight scenes, to a car chase round Paris in a mini and of course explosions and gun fire.

        It's not completely over the top and some part of me believed that the secret service agents may operate similarly in reality bar the unquestionably eloborate but jaw dropping fisty cuff scenes.

        The plot was rich and in the end, you know it's not over and can't wait to see the next installment.

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        01.10.2009 19:17
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        Worth a watch, would watch again.

        ****film only review*****

        Matt Damon plays a man who, unconscious and wounded gets fished out of the sea by a fishing trawler.
        He is amnesiac and can't remember anything about his life.

        Now as we all know, amnesia plots can go two ways- either it is a deep, soul searching affair where the hero has to rediscover himself, or it is the governments fault and it is time to cue lots of shooting, driving cars down stairs, and generally making a mess of the scenery.

        While being checked over by the ships doctor it is found that Matt Damon has a laser projcetion device buried in his hip which is the account number for a swiss bank... (woo-hoo it's the governments fault!)
        So he goes to Zurich, along the way discovering that he is multi-lingual, and knows how to fight.
        When he empties the account he finds a passport for a Jason Bourne with his photo on it.
        The authorities seems very keen to catch up with him so he gets together with a woman called Marie (played by Franka Potente), and offers her lots of swiss bank fresh money to get out of there.


        I generally like this film, I think it deserves kudos for taking a cliched plot device (amnesia) and making a half decent film out of it.
        It also gets points from me for it's brave use of location- set in a rainy December Europe, rather than somewhere in America.
        I enjoyed the use of music in this film, not too over the top, and placed well.

        The characterisation is excellent, and this is mostly what makes the film more than just another tired shoot em up.

        I have given this 4/5 because I would have liked to have seen less exposition- I think it would have been a better film if it had been told solely from Jason and Marie's point of view.

        The Bourne Identity is losely based on a book published in 1980 by Robert Ludlum.

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        24.09.2009 12:45
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        See it

        I am very often cautious when it comes to Hollywood adaptations of books I like, and the Bourne identity whilst this film only slightly follows Robert Ludlum's novel it is still an excellent, faced paced thriller.

        The film begins with Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) being found barely alive by fisherman, and it transpires that he is suffering from amnesia even though he presents with some highly impressive physical and mental skills. This being the first film in a trilogy, it follows Bourne as he tries to uncover some of the truth of his identity and past, whilst being embroiled in and hunted by a CIA cover up conspiracy.

        I do not want to ruin the plot by discussing anymore, but the film is highly entertaining in many ways. The plot is dense and sophisticated, the script is sharp, the action sequences are fast paced and dramatic, and the movie is filmed in some lovely locations including Paris and Prague.

        Matt Damon, who I have found to be rather uncharismatic and wooden is some other roles (though not all) is exceptional in this role, he carries off the role as well as anyone I can imagine doing so, and he has excellent on screen chemistry with Marie played by Franka Potente.

        Overall, an excellent film,well worth seeing. The DVD special features are nothing special, but that does not matter one bit!..See it if you have not already

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          21.09.2009 21:35
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          and amnesiac trying to survive while putting the pieces together

          The Bourne Identity (2002)

          Genre: action/adventure/mystery/thriller

          Writer: Tony Gilroy & W. Blake Herron
          Dir.: Doug Liman

          Cast:
          Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
          Franka Potente - Marie
          Chris Cooper - Conklin
          Clive Owen - the professor
          Brian Cox - Ward Abbott
          Julia Stiles - Nicolette

          Plot:
          Fishermen find an injured man floating in the sea. The man has amnesia. As he begins his search for his identity, he discovers he has skills that a normal man shouldn't have.
          Suddenly, people start trying to kill him. With the help of a girl, he escapes. Now, he struggles to keep himself and the girl alive.
          He learns that he is a government agent.
          He goes after the head of the organization that made him what he is in a quest to expose them to the public and put an end to the program.

          My thoughts:
          This movie is based on the novel by Robert Ludlum and is the first in the Bourne trilogy.
          This movie is excellent! This is the best action movie that has come along in quite some time. It has an excellent and original story.
          The drama is dramatic and the action is awesome.
          The directing is superb and really captures the action and adventure of the movie.
          The cast is excellent and all gave wonderful performances, especially Matt Damon. He proves that he can be a bona fide action superstar. He was more than capable of handling the physical workload, doing the majority of his own stunts. He was very believable as the character; you forget you're watching Matt Damon, you believe you're watching Jason Bourne. An excellent performance all the way around.
          If you like action movies, you will love this one. Even if you don't like action movies, I believe this one could easily change your mind.
          I'd definitely recommend this one to all.

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