Bourne, Jason Bourne

by December Lambeth on August 1, 2007

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • IMDB: link

“I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside.  I can tell you that our waitress is left handed and the guy up at the counter weighs 215 lbs. and knows how to handle himself.  I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude I can run flat out for a half-mile before my hands start shaking.  Now why would I know that?  How can I know that and not know who I am?”

bourne-identity-dvdThe Bourne Identity starts out with a bang, or rather a splash. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is found a drift in the Mediterranean Sea with only 2 bullet wounds and an implant with a Swiss bank account number. Jason awakes a little off kilter not sure of his surroundings or his own identity. When the ship comes ashore the doc gives him a few bucks and a warm coat then sends him along his confused and amnesiac way. Bourne heads to Zurich to find out what is in the safe-deposit box, is it his identity? Nope, there are multiple passports, a gun and plenty of money in different currencies. At this point he doesn’t know where to turn, until he is forced to run being chased by a secret ops agency that claims to have trained Bourne and know his true identity. Using fighting skills he didn’t know he had, Bourne works his way through the streets of Zurich only to be cornered and offering $20,000 for a ride to Paris with the lovely Marie (Franka Potente). Reluctant at first, Marie turns him down, but realizes she could really use the cash and accepts the offer. Waking in Paris with an uneasy feeling Marie ends up caught up in the search for Bourne’s identity and his heart. The two duck and hide escaping one assassin after another searching for the answer.

Unsure of why he is being hunted in the first place, Bourne experiences memories of other lives and desperately tries to hold onto those visuals to find out who, what and why. Ultimately, at the end, the two go their own ways, Bourne believing things are getting way to dangerous for Marie. He promises to meet up with her on a beautiful island where she had always dreamt of living and owning her own little business. He finishes off the chase with killing every assassin sent after him and making it very clear towards the scrupulous agency to not follow him or they would be sorry. He just wants to disappear and be left alone.

Great ending and perfect lead in for The Bourne Supremacy. Nice action adventure and awesome fight scenes, loved it. Maybe a little too violent in some parts for a mere PG-13 rating, but then again it’s perfectly okay for people to be killing one another, but don’t they dear make love or be extra friendly towards one another, no that’s an instant R rating.

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