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At Theaters: 6/14/2002 On Video: 1/21/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409924
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Salvaged and near death, from the ocean by an Italian fishing boat, a man recuperates but suffers from total amnesia...except for a range of extraordinary talents in fighting, linguistic skills and self-defense that speak of a dangerous past. He sets out on a desperate search-assisted by the initially rebellious Marie-to discover who he really is, and why he’s being lethally pursued by assassins.

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Thriller - This is NOT an action film. It does contain some good action scenes, but not very many. The story mainly shows a guy with amnesia trying to figure out who he is, which some may feel is a little slow. As he discovers he's an assassin, things heat up and it gets pretty exciting. So, if you feel the first half of the movie is a little slow, just wait, it gets better. I believe this movie will be enjoyed by everyone, but possibly more so by adults who enjoy an interesting story and don't require non-stop action.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Matt Damon SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON, OCEAN'S ELEVEN
Franka Potente RUN LOLA RUN, BLOW
Chris Cooper ME, MYSELF AND IRENE, OCTOBER SKY
Clive Owen CROUPIER
Brian Cox THE ROOKIE, SUPER TROOPERS, THE MINUS MAN
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje THE MUMMY RETURNS
Director: Doug Liman GO
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 6 GD's
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some brutal fights and killing. Somewhat graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Some chases (car/foot), and the violent action. Overall not a lot.
COMEDY: Not very much. Didn't try to be funny.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "If Bourne himself had been shocked, or even appalled, by the hidden reality of his existence, then the movie might have generated some more tension. But The Bourne Identity has a sullen roteness that all of Liman's supple handheld staging can't disguise.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "The Bourne Identity is a skillful action movie about a plot that exists only to support a skillful action movie. The entire story is a set-up for the martial arts and chases. Because they are done well, because the movie is well-crafted and acted, we give it a pass. Too bad it's not about something.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "The Bourne Identity is what summer screen escapism used to be in the decades when it was geared more to grownups. Doug Liman's directorial style, honed on Swingers and Go, is too fresh and kinetic for him to deliver a movie that seems old-fashioned. And yet, here's the kind of expertly cast action-intrigue that played well in the '50s and '60s when backed by air conditioning on a 90-degree evening.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "This savvy adaptation of Robert Ludlum's action-clogged 1980 bestseller benefits from the fact that the filmmakers were smart enough to throw out most of the book's preposterous spills and thrills and concentrate instead on its intriguing central character:''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 202 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
23
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
27
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
51
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
46
High
96%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I'm certainly glad to see these very high opinions. I thought more moviegoers would complain about the level of action, but apparently most either didn't think it was slow or wasn't expecting a pure action movie. Either way it's obvious this is a movie I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Moviegoers pretty well rated it the same as I did, very good (most opinions were in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range), but not great (not a high percentage of "Fantastic" opinions). The very few opinions that are just a little low means it's a movie with wide appeal.

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A very good movie, but not great. It's certainly entertaining and I highly doubt anyone will feel ripped off seeing it, but some action fans may feel it was a little slow. The action it contains is good, but nothing special. It comes in spurts with fairly long periods where some may feel it's slow. I really enjoyed "The Bourne Identity," and recommend it to everyone, including action fans, as long as they go knowing it's not all action. If you don't require a lot of action I feel your chances of enjoying this movie are very high.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story opens as an amnesiac (Damon) is rescued at sea by the crew of an Italian fishing boat. Nearly dead, he carries nothing but the bullets in his back and the Swiss bank account number embedded in his hip. Although completely without identity or background, he possesses an array of extraordinary talents in fighting, linguistics and self-defense that speak of a dangerous past. In the present, he is disoriented and wary as he is propelled into an urgent search to discover who he is and why his life has taken this perilous turn.

A Zurich safe deposit box yields an assortment of passports, a hefty load of cash, an automatic weapon and a name ... Jason Bourne ... with a Paris address. What it means remains a mystery, but Bourne quickly realizes that although he knows no one, there are people who recognize him - and do not wish him well. When he meets Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente), a hard-luck German-born wanderer, he makes a desperate pitch — $10,000 for a ride to Paris. Despite her reservations, Marie takes the cash and begins a journey with Bourne that changes her life forever.

The trail of Jason Bourne's past snakes from Europe to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where Treadstone, a controversial clandestine operation is based. As Bourne and Marie struggle to stay below the radar in France, all of the stealthy muscle of Treadstone is focused on tracking them and neutralizing Bourne as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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