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
In the beginning of the film Jason Bourne is looking in the mirror and says, "Weet je wie ik ben? Hou dan godverdomme op met dat gezeik en zeg het me." It's Nederlands (usually called "Dutch" in English), and means, "Do you know who I am? Then cut the goddamn bullshit and tell me." It is one of the few instances where Nederlands is used correctly in a Hollywood production, as it is often used interchangeably with German, which also used to be called "Dutch" in English. See more »
One of the musical score songs is entitled 'On Bridge No. 9', referring to Bourne and Conklin on Pont Neuf in Paris. While 'neuf' is 'nine' in French, it is also the masculine singular for 'new', which is the case here. Pont Neuf is actually the 'New Bridge' in Paris, not 'Bridge No. 9". See more »
[Picking up an intricately done knot of rope]
What's this? You tie these knots? So it starts to come back, huh?
No, it doesn't start to come back. The knot's like everything else, I just found the rope and I did it. The same way I can, I can read, I can write. I can add, subtract. I can make coffee. I can shuffle cards. I can set up a chessboard.
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A thunderstorm sounds in the background of the Universal logo. See more »
This story has been done several times in the past, most recently in "A Long Kiss Goodnight". It's also true that Doug Liman and the producers created their own Jason Bourne mythology,since this movie is different in many ways to the book. But the truth is Liman takes an old story and puts a new fast paced spin on it.
Matt Damon stars as the enigmatic assassin who just wants to figure out who he is. As he travels from city to city he's followed by CIA agents who want to dispose of him to save their own jobs. He's helped along the way by Marie played by the brilliant Franka Potente. Together they come face to face with the people that want them dead.
The cast is great and so is the story. This film should be on everyone's top ten list.
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