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The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Thriller | 14 June 2002 (USA)
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.

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Storyline

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 a 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 Peet

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,118,640 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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$121,468,960 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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Most of the US Marines in the Zurich consulate were actual Marine Security Guards assigned to embassies in Europe, at the request of producer Frank Marshall. They used their own uniforms, worked with the director on dialogue (eventually cut), and developed the tactics they use in clearing the embassy. See more »

Goofs

As Jason rummages through the farmhouse drawer for weapons, he comes across a loose 12ga shotgun cartridge, and then a small box sized for about 6 total. This size box is used for buckshot and slugs (which are used for big game) because not many shots are fired on one hunt. Considering what happens to the fuel tank on Jason's first shot, he must have been using this type of ammunition. But when he lifts the Professor into a sitting position, the wounds and damage to clothing are clearly from bird shot (many tiny BBs, for which a "shotgun" is named). A slug would have left a single large hole for each impact; buckshot leaves several medium-sized holes in a group for each impact. Even if Jason had found another box of bird shot off-camera, there would be no reason for him to switch to that since it's not lethal (at the ranges he was firing) to animals larger than a duck. See more »

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Jason Bourne: Who am I?
Conklin: You're U.S. Government property. You're a malfunctioning $30 million weapon. You're a total goddamn catastrophe, and by God, if it kills me, you're going to tell me how this happened.
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Qu'est-ce Qui Passe Dans Mon Coeur
Written by Yves Dessca, Aldo Frank
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What a Spy Movie Should Be Like These Days
11 December 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

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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