Movie #136 The Bourne Identity
(2002, US, d. Doug Liman)
It’s weird how when you’re watching The Bourne Identity and know that it’s nothing close to as good as its sucessor, The Bourne Supremacy, you still can’t help but think that this film is far superior to thrillers being made today. One of the best set-ups to a plot in recent film history, Doug Liman’s fantastic piece introduces us to our soon-to-be favorite amnesiac/super-spy Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon). Containing more “Hollywood” characteristics that the rest of the trilogy, this film still manages to squeeze much needed originality in the spy genre. Its realistic stunts, pulsing plot, and gritty fight sequences was enough to get audiences rooting for a second. But it’s Matt Damon’s career that manages the most positive aftereffects. Prior to this film’s release, Damon was not known as an A-lister. In fact after Rounders and Good Will Hunting, Damon went downhill from there and was trying to get his career back up when he did this film. And though he can seem an action star now, his casting was actually quite risky since he had never been known to be an action star. But that said, here we are 9 years later and it’s obvious that was no bad choice at all. I can’t speak for other people, but I, personally, can’t wait for the fourth one.