The Bourne Identity (2002)


“I work alone, like you. We always work alone. ” – The Professor

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in 20 Oct 2002, DVD, Feb 2010 and 27 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A man wakes up in the middle of the Ocean with no memory of who he is yet seems to have abilities that he cannot explain.

My Take on it – I have always enjoyed this film ever since I first saw it because it is an action packed spy movie yet relies on a whole other layer of information to keep things going; the loss and search for an identity.

Matt Damon was a great choice for the lead character and he was able to prove with this film that he is capable of being an action hero despite his seemingly small physique.

The choice to make this film a quest for identity works in its favor and it’s great how we learn more and more about the character along with him.

As with all the films in this series, the action scenes are fun to watch and it’s so interesting watching how the character of Jason Bourne who isn’t aware of who he truly is reacts to the things that his body does instinctively.

The fact that we get to see things also from the viewpoint of the CIA is helpful to understanding who he is despite the fact that we aren’t always sure who is suppose to be the good guy or the bad guy.

The ambiguity of it all is part of the charm that this series has because it allows us to ponder many ethical questions along the way.

Bottom Line – Such a great idea for a spy film. The fact that this entire film is a quest for identity makes things so much more interesting because we learn more and more about the character along with him. The action scenes are great and it’s interesting to see how the character of Jason Bourne reacts to instincts that he himself isn’t aware of their existence. Damon was a great choice for the lead and proved with this film that he could be trusted as an action hero. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The name Bourne came from Ansel Bourne, a preacher in Rhode Island, the first documented case of “dissociative fugue”, a condition not unlike dissociative amnesia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). One day in 1887 he forgot who he was, started a new life in Pennsylvania under the name Brown, and opened a convenience store. About three months later, he woke up and not only remembered his life as Bourne, but forgot all of his life as Brown… and needless to say was quite confused as to why he was in Pennsylvania. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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