As The Bourne Identity’s on-the-run amnesiac hero, Matt Damon, playing an assassin without a cause, gets to show off some deftly timed martial-arts moves, flipping his limbs around with the slashy precision of ninja nunchakus. Damon’s character, Jason Bourne, is some sort of black-ops shadow agent on assignment in Europe; after getting injured in a mysterious fracas, he has lost touch with any memory of who he is or how he got there. The movie has a few whispers of intrigue, but at its heart lies a dispiriting paradox: The more that Jason Bourne learns about himself, the less arresting he seems. ”The Bourne Identity” plays like John Le Carre with a couple of burned-out cylinders. The film wants us to look at these CIA superkillers and say, How ominous. Instead, a lot of viewers may now think, As if, or even If only.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles; Director: Doug Liman; Author: Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron; Release Date Wide: 06/14/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 113; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Universal
Posted June 28 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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