The Film: The Bourne Identity
Directed By: Doug Liman
Written By: Robert Ludlum (Story), Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron
Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles
Why Rent It?
The reviews are in for the first film in the post-Matt Damon Bourne series, and it looks like The Bourne Legacy isn’t living up to the hype.
Roger Ebert said:
“The Bourne Legacy” is always gripping in the moment.
The problem is in getting the moments to add up.
I freely confess that for at least the first 30 minutes I had no clear idea of why anything was happening.
The dialogue is concise, the cinematography is arresting and the plot is a murky muddle.
So, why was the first film in the series so good?
Matt Damon pulled off the role of a confused bad-ass who did what he had to do to survive.
The action sequences were insane. A guy comes at you with a knife? No problem. Jason Bourne has a pen.
You can’t lose with a film directed by Doug Liman and a theme song by Moby.
The Bourne Identity was the first film of the Bourne series.
The New York Times said:
Mr. Liman’s filmmaking has an old-fashioned rigor.
He uses a few digital enhancements but generally prefers to create suspense through precise camera placements and crisp editing.
Liman even operated the handheld camera in some of the action sequences.
If you weren’t satisfied with the latest Bourne film, or want to know what all the hype is about, then check out the original: The Bourne Identity.