The Bourne Identity
Matt Damon takes on the role of Robert Ludlum’s amnesiac assassin in this action thriller. Pulled from the Mediterranean Sea by a French fishing boat, the man with bullet wounds in his back can remember nothing of his past. But a Swiss bank account number leads him to numerous passports from which he takes the identity of Jason Bourne. Searching for his true identity, Jason discovers he has some deadly talents. But others just want Jason dead. However, hitching a ride to Paris with Marie (Franka Potente) makes her a target as well. Can he keep them both alive until he knows who he really is?
Damon adequately fills the confused, action hero role and some climactic stunts are surprising, but fans of the novel seeking more mystery may be disappointed. An early scene of surgery at sea, as a bullet is pulled from Jason’s back, may cause wincing. And one fight gets gruesomely brutal as a pen is stabbed into a man’s hand, and just as graphically pulled out. A kiss leads to taking off Jason’ shirt, but further activity is thankfully left to the imagination. Numerous obscenities, some in German, and a string of strong profanity from Jason’s boss, assault the ears. Frequent and sometimes graphic violence, along with tasteless vocabulary is less than thrilling in “The Bourne Identity.”