The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity
  • 2002
  • US / Germany / Czech Republic
  • 1h 58min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Doug Liman
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Damon plays a US-trained master assassin who, during the film's opening, is fished out of the Mediterranean riddled with bullet holes and suffering from amnesia. As he attempts to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of his past (with the help of Potente's German traveller Marie), his Stateside bosses activate three more killers to silence him. Loosely adapted from Robert Ludlum's 80s spy novel, this espionage thriller works to undermine the clichés of the genre, but ultimately plays like a souped-down Bond film. However, Liman keeps the action lively and beefed-up Damon acquits himself well.

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