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Monday, September 24, 2007

The Bourne Identity


***** The Bourne Identity. Action/adventure.

Directed by: Doug Liman.

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente.




We watched the DVD in preparation for going to see The Bourne Ultimatum. For some reason, we'd neglected to buy the 2nd DVD--I've since ordered it.

The story, in brief, is a man is rescued by a fishing boat, with amnesia and bullet holes. In his quest to discover his identity, people try to kill him, and he reacts with professional swiftness. He teams up with a young woman, and together they elude the killers while searching for answers and falling in love.

This was obviously written with me in mind. I mean, come on--it's got almost every one of my favorite things: a spy story, action/adventure, amnesia, a romance--heck, the romantic interest is even German. What baffles me is that I'd never read Ludlum's book even though it came out at a time when I was reading a lot of spy novels. I've ordered that, too.

At any rate, I can't say yet how the movie compares to the book, but the movie is excellent. Matt Damon plays a man who doesn't realize he's a professional assassin perfectly--the combination of good-intentioned searching for his identity with the growing realization that he's not just some nice guy who works in an office is very convincing.

Franka Potente, too, is very realistic as an adventurous young woman who ends up in over her head, but is reluctant to leave because of her growing feelings for him.

The action is nonstop and exciting, and the mystery of who he is and why people are trying to kill him is compelling.

This is one of those rare movies I can watch over and over again. One of my favorites.

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Comments:
I saw the first two Bourne Identity movies months ago and I love it. Now I'm waiting to see The Bourne Ultimatum on DVD netflix. I was interested in this movie when I saw the first one. It is really good :)

Now, am wonder what took you so long to watch the first two movies? Umm? LOL ;)
 
Bourne Identity -- interesting, cerebral thriller, different than most of the run-and-guns out there.

Bourne Supremacy -- what the heck happened to this franchise?

Bourne Ultimatum -- didn't see it because of the second movie.

For me, it kinda traced the same track as The Matrix -- based on the first, I was very interested in seeing the second. And based on the second, I haven't seen the third. But perhaps I should, as in both trilogies, the second really just sets up for a third (I guess that's true of trilogies in general, especially the unplanned ones -- see Back to the Future, where the nice package made by the first is unraveled by the second in order to accomodate a third).

We did just see The Departed, though, so it's not like I detest Matt Damon.
 
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