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
Despite prominent billing, Clive Owen only gets about three minutes of screentime, broken up throughout the film. He doesn't talk until an hour and 25 minutes into the film and even then its in his last scene. The credits only list him as The Professor. We never find out his real name. When Owen was describing his part, he remarked: "I basically put on a pair of glasses and pose to the camera!" See more »
When Treadstone activates its assassins, and the Professor is shown teaching how to play piano, he checks his phone, and the message text is shaking as he closes the phone, indicating that the text originally was not displayed by the phone, but it was digitally added later. See more »
You're worried of a budget meeting? If we don't take care of this, we don't make it to the men's room. We will burn for this. We will both burn for this.
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Don't watch this movie if you think James Bond is someone who you can meet in real life.
Next to Ronin, this is one of the best action / spy movies that I've ever seen. I heard a lot of good critics, but didn't know what to think about it. I only saw it 2 years after it first appeared and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't go watch it in the cinema.
I'm not too keen on movies like James Bond and other stuff in this genre, but this one is a lot better. Normally you see the "super hero" using all kinds of weird gadgets, driving extremely fast sports cars and sleeping with ladies who look more like prostitutes than being normal women.
Jason Bourne however doesn't have all this things, which makes this movie a lot more realistic. The fights are fast and very realistic but still entertaining. The action scenes are believable, no super-gadgets, no incredibly willing women sharing his bed... Our hero even shows definite signs of physical vulnerability despite a very high level of training and competence. In the meanwhile he has to deal with amnesia, while being hunted without knowing why. In the end this is still a man which you can identify yourself with.
I would say: Go watch it when you are a fan of movies like Ronin, don't watch it if you think James Bond is a person who you can bump into on the streets when going out. Personally I would award this movie with an 8/10.
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