The Bourne Identity

2002 action film directed by Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity is an action-thriller movie released in 2002. It is based on the novel by Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity, which was published in 1980. The movie is directed by Doug Liman. It stars Matt Damon as the main character, Jason Bourne.

In the movie, as Jason Bourne recovers from his gunshot wound, he find that he lost his memory. As he recovered his memory, he learns he was involved with an international spy agency. The movie is set in Europe, in places such as Prague, Paris, and Italy. It shows thrilling gunfights, car chases, and action scenes. After release, the box-office profit was successful. Two sequels, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum were released in 2004 and 2007.

PlotEdit

An unidentified man is rescued from the sea by fishermen. But because of amnesia, he cannot remember who he is. He cannot remember why he was drowning in the sea, how the gunshot wound on his back was made, how he can speak many languages or how he has martial arts skills. He only knows the number to his Swiss bank safe which was hidden in his skin.

In the safe, he finds a huge amount of cash, and passports for each country. He saw the name "Jason Bourne" on his U.S. passport and he believes that is his name. After he has some trouble at the U.S. embassy in Zurich, he moves to Paris with the help of a woman named Marie Kreutz. Wherever he moves, the police and assassins chase him and Marie. In continuous chasing between Bourne and the killers, he notices that some unknown big power threatens his existence. To find his identity and the reason why they are trying to kill him, Bourne gradually gains access to the unknown agency.

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Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 14 June 2002
  Australia 22 August 2002
  Taiwan 23 August 2002
  Philippines 4 September 2002
  United Kingdom 6 September 2002
  Ireland 6 September 2002
  Lebanon 12 September 2002
  Singapore 12 September 2002
  Denmark 13 September 2002
  Norway 13 September 2002
  New Zealand 16 September 2002
  Hong Kong 19 September 2002
  Malaysia 19 September 2002
  Iceland 20 September 2002
  Turkey 20 September 2002
  Belgium 25 September 2002
  Egypt 25 September 2002
  France 25 September 2002
  Indonesia 25 September 2002
  Venezuela 25 September 2002
  Austria 26 September 2002
   Switzerland 26 September 2002 (German speaking region)
  Germany 26 September 2002
  Poland 27 September 2002
  Argentina 3 October 2002
  Chile 3 October 2002
  Colombia 3 October 2002
  Cyprus 4 October 2002
  Estonia 4 October 2002
  India 4 October 2002
  Kazakhstan 4 October 2002
  Thailand 4 October 2002
  Ukraine 4 October 2002
  Peru 10 October 2002
  Russia 10 October 2002
  Slovenia 10 October 2002
  Brazil 11 October 2002
  Finland 11 October 2002
  Kenya 11 October 2002
  Portugal 11 October 2002
  Czech Republic 17 October 2002
  Hungary 17 October 2002
  Israel 17 October 2002
  Netherlands 17 October 2002
  South Korea 18 October 2002
  Mexico 18 October 2002
  Sweden 18 October 2002
  Kuwait 22 October 2002
  Bulgaria 25 October 2002
  South Africa 25 October 2002
  Croatia 7 November 2002
  Spain 8 November 2002
  Italy 15 November 2002
  Uruguay 15 November 2002
  China 21 November 2002
  Greece 22 November 2002
  Romania 22 November 2002
  Lithuania 10 January 2003
  Japan 25 January 2003

CriticsEdit

After the movie was released in the U.S., the movie got generally good reviews from several critics, especially for the acting of Matt Damon and the direction of Doug Liman. Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said, "An entertaining thriller that eschews most of the usual spy gimmicks in favour of old-fashioned sleuthing."[1] Eric Harrison of the Houston Chronicle praised the direction of Liman: "The Bourne Identity shouldn’t be half as entertaining as it is, but director Doug Liman and his colleagues have managed to pack it with enough action to satisfy the boom-bam crowd without a huge sacrifice of character and mood."[2] Matt Damon also got praise from Stephen Hunter of the Washington Post: "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."[3]

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