The Bourne Identity

17 11 2007

The Bourne IdentityIn 2002, indie filmmaker Doug Liman gave us The Bourne Identity, a refreshing change of pace to the sterile, perfunctory antics of the then-current Brosnan-era James Bond. Where Bond seemed clunky and outdated, Bourne was slick and modern, and it’s more than likely no mere coincidence that a retooling of the Bond franchise was undertaken in Bourne‘s wake, resulting in 2006’s Casino Royale.

But enough about James Bond.

The Bourne Identity is a film based loosely on the 1980 Robert Ludlum novel of the same name; in it, we follow Matt Damon’s character, an amnesiac who may (or may not) be a man named Jason Bourne. As the film progresses, he discovers (along with the audience) that he is incredibly skilled at hand-to-hand combat, can retain important tactical details about his surroundings without any conscious effort, and has a knack for stunt-driving through the streets of Paris. Meanwhile, assassins are out to kill him at every turn.

Curiously, I rewatched this film recently because I had no recollection of the plot beyond the vaguest of details, and now, having seen it again, I realise that my memory was actually pretty good. There really isn’t that much to the film, but while you’re watching it, the illusion of substance is maintained.
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