The Bourne Identity
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The best-selling suspense novel by late author Robert Ludlum comes to the screen for a second time, following a 1988 made-for-TV movie. Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, a barely alive amnesiac with a pair of bullet wounds in his back, pulled from the Mediterranean by Italian fishermen. Bourne's only clue to his own identity is a bank account number etched on a capsule implanted in his body. He quickly finds the Zurich bank where money, a gun, and a few identification documents await, but after he's pursued by security goons at the American consulate, Bourne realizes he can trust no… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A rollicking adventure yarn."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Whether you consider it a smart thriller or a paint-by-numbers spy caper, The Bourne Identity is a dynamic interpretation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel."
‑ Jess Lomas, Quickflix
"A suspenseful thriller that showcases stunning visuals, great acting and a story that will keep you entertained from start to finish."
‑ Guylaine Cadorette,
"You may be surprised by the fact that this formula spy thriller has been delivered with a matter-of-fact efficiency that proves highly entertaining."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Efficient set pieces come neatly spaced every ten to 15 minutes -- just often enough to keep you credulous -- and the trans-European settings lend a classy backdrop."
‑ , Time Out
"The Bourne Identity is no mere summer amusement park ride. It's as gray as Go was colorful and a cool contrast to its source material."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy."
‑ Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
"This is a long sweet breath of fresh air in the action genre..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A sleek espionage thriller that reduces the world to the size of a postage stamp. Matt Damon is terrific."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Liman can uncork leap-out-of-your-seat shocks, draw out suspense scenes with malicious finesse and even ease a touch of romance and droll humor into the yarn."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Great fights. You wouldn't think of Damon as a tough guy, but he's worked really hard on the physical stuff here and it shows."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
""The Bourne Identity" is a well-written action spy film that stays true to its espionage thriller genre while inflicting flinch-inducing moments of pure cinematic action."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Farfetched plotting nearly capsizes this globe-trotting thriller but director Doug Liman certainly keeps the international intrigue and testosterone flowing at an entertaining clip."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"The movie is about muscular speed and skill, and that's all it's about. Like its hero, it's blank by design."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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