THE  BOURNE  IDENTITY   - A   Narada   Film Review

   MATT DAMON  as  
   Jason Bourne, and   
   Maris Kreutz  
    MATT DAMON and  
    BRIAN COX as
    Ward Abbot   
   Maris Kreutz
The Bourne Identity   - Adrian Lyne- Director   &   Producer .

  Reviewed 07 Oct 2002   Matt Damon as Jason Bourne appears at first glance to be a little young to be playing the super-spy, but he quickly works his way into the realm of 'audience acceptance'.  What is a little more difficult to accept is after Jason attempts to figure out what he did before the amnesia wiped his brain, he gets more than a little stupid:-  "Let's see, I can unconsciously memorize 6 car license plates in front of the restaurant I just walked into.  I just happen to be a deadly martial arts expert.  I have a numbered Swiss bank account that I found the number for in a laser imbedded in my flesh.  I have a bank deposit box containing a 9mm Walther PPK, a spyglass. and a stack of unmarked cash from several foreign countries that, individually, would choke a horse.  I also have 6 passports for 6 different countries all with my photo but in different names.  I speak several foreign languages.  I have snipers and other assassins trying to kill me, twenty-four/seven.  Let me think . . . . I know !  I must be a shoe salesman !"
       But more irritating than that is the frightfully tattered re-re-re-hashing of the "Evil CIA" plot.  Sydney Pollack was the last person to do that one well -in Three Days of the Condor- and that was 27 years ago.  (Yes, it was REALLY made in 1975.)  Replicating all those films of the genre that came before it, The Bourne Identity portrays an ultra-evil CIA that can seemingly go anywhere, kill anybody it wants to at any time, right under the noses of foreign and local law enforcement, and disappear into thin air.  I guess this omnipotence is supposed to be scary,  Come on, Hollywood, give us a new bogie-man.
       Despite these annoyances, the acting is superb throughout, the action is fast paced (why are car-chase scenes always better in Paris?) and the one-on-one 'combat' is realistic.  A special mention to Don Burgess for outstanding cinematography.
       Enduring Line Or Phrase:   "...forget about you? You're the only person I know,."

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