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'The Bourne Identity' is a memorable action film

The Bourne Identity

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One of the new action films coming this summer is "Edge of Tomorrow," which is directed by Doug Liman. Given that Liman's first big summer action film was 2002's "The Bourne Identity," expectations are quite high. Many fans will choose seeing the first of the "Bourne" films over a movie they may not have even seen once.

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Ludlum, "The Bourne Identity" stars Matt Damon as the highly-skilled assassin Jason Bourne, who is found barely alive by the crew of a small fishing boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. A tiny laser is found that was surgically projected into his hip. He wakes up unable to remember anything about himself or his circumstances. Since the laser had information about his account, Jason makes his way to a Swiss bank, where he finds his deposit box. The box has a lot of money, a gun, and several passports. These artifacts are as foreign to him as fossils, but he does not have time to ponder them as he learns the police are in pursuit of him. He also discovers, much to his surprise, that he has the skills to avoid being captured. At the bank, Jason meets Marie (played by Franka Potente), also facing vexing challenges, whom he pays to drive him to Paris. Against the backdrop of the beautiful city, Jason struggles to learn who he was, while keeping himself and Marie out of danger.

"The Bourne Identity" is a superb action film buttressed by a compelling plot. It features a great car chase scene that really supports the storyline of the movie. The "Bourne" films are known for featuring big chase scenes, and this is one of the most memorable. There are also a few good fight scenes. Throughout, the audience's investment in Jason and Marie increases as we are further enveloped in their uncertain lives.

Matt Damon is at the top of his game as Jason Bourne, who is very smart and very skilled. His struggle to understand his past complements the action and his growing affection for Marie further humanizes the assassin.

"The Bourne Identity" is a great start to a great franchise and still delivers more than many new projects.