Based very loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel, the Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as the Swiss bank account, the number of which, is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is and why he is being hunted. Written by
The film differs greatly from the novel but follows the basic premise behind the character Jason Bourne and the circumstances surrounding his introduction. In both stories, a man is found in the water and wakes up with amnesia, a bank number on a chip embedded in his hip and an unusual set of skills. Other elements that were present in both the book and the film were: Bourne being found near Marseilles, Bourne serving on a fishing boat, Bourne traveling to the bank in Zurich and meeting Marie during his time there, he and Marie traveling to Paris, Bourne and Marie discovering "Kane" (or "Cain" in the novel) as one of Bourne's cover names, Marie initiating the romantic side of their relationship, Marie involving someone from her past, Conklin trying to kill Bourne and The final fight scene taking place at a Treadstone base of operations. (On an upper floor of a Brownstone.) See more »
After the assassin breaks through the window into Jason's apartment, he empties his submachine gun in three bursts. When the magazine is empty, you can hear "click click click click click click click". In reality, when the weapon is out of ammunition, there would be one click only as the weapon is a Micro Galil and fires from a closed bolt with no bolt hold-open device. See more »
[Jason Bourne meets Marie for the first time, when she is about to get into her car. She is suspicious of him]
What are you looking at?
I heard you inside.
The consulate. I heard you talking? I thought maybe we could help each other.
You need money. I need a ride outta here.
I'm not running a car service just now, thank you.
I'll give you ten thousand dollars for driving me to Paris.
[She says in German]
What, do you think I am, a fool?
[He replies in German]
You'd be a fool not ...
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A thunderstorm sounds in the background of the Universal logo. See more »
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Written by Philippe Cohen Solal, Christophe H. Muller, Eduardo Makaroff
Performed by Gotan Project
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James Bond and Ethan Hunt take notice. "The Bourne Identity" is my new standard for contemporary spy thrillers. Gone (or almost gone) are the special effects that James and Ethan rely on all too heavily. Hell, in those franchises the special effects have virtually replaced story and characters. "The Bourne Identity" has a very straightforward story to tell, a mystery that slowly unravels. Spycraft is not all about technical gizmos, but requires human brains and human brawn (and a fair amount of gunplay and car chases).
Set in various locales in Switzerland and France during the winter much of the visuals for "The Bourne Identity" are gray and damp. That's a plus, Monte Carlo and like locales can get boring. Mat Damon is great as Jason Bourne, fished from the Mediterranean mostly dead by gunshot wounds. A total amnesiac, he slowly realizes that he possesses the deadly skills of a well-trained assassin, and that someone is out to kill him. Franka Potente is equally good as the young woman swept up in his life and forced to run with him. Run or be killed.
I can't say enough good things about this movie. Doug Limon, thanks, you did a great job.
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