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The Bourne Identity
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  • Matt an action hero?
    Wow! Who would have thought Matt Damon would be a great action/James Bond type? It worked well! This is definitely a good role for him. Action, romance and revenge makes this an A+ movie.

    A hitman loses his identity and spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out who he is while along the way he finds the woman for him and the truth he needs to move on with his life....more info
  • I love that Euro stuff
    Great movie, lots of action. My favorite scene had to be when the two main characters are in Franka's car and she asked "What kind of music do you like?" There they were driving in that tiny car, running from the officials, and she's being kind. It made me think of being in a similar vehicle, '59 Renault, equipped with an in-dash short wave radio. That was Europe to me and this line brought it back....more info
  • Switch to Netflix
    Did not know it took a special DVD machine to play this. No problem sending it back for credit. I signed up for Netflix and love it....more info
  • Hand Helds
    The constant screen jitter from hand held cameras was enough to make me walk out of the theatre mid-movie....more info
    It may be Mat Damon himself. Surely the leading man in a film of this kind is important, but at first glance, Damon has none of the obvious traits. He isn't killer handsome. Neither has he the body of a circus ariealist. What he's got, it seems to me, is the ability to remind you of a younger brother who enlisted in the Navy and somehow wound up in the Seals. Nobody had any idea. One minute he's the hot-shot of the High School Baseball team, the next minute you're watching him get his papers at a graduation ceremony, dressed in whites. You're so proud of him, even if you don't know what it is he does, and all your family loves him.

    So, as I say, no International Lounge Lizard with nouveau riche tastes, or a necklace of Euro-Trash beauties around his neck.

    But, when the movie begins and they haul him out of the sea, nearly dead, you see it. And as he recovers from his wounds, it becomes clearer. He's one of the brightest and the best; clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack. Dad's favorite boy, memory clouded, somehow, and on a mission even he doesn't remember. And whithout making any judgment about it, you've got a great deal invested in him; in seeming him safe and his enemies identified and routed. Therefore, when the action begins, and it does immediately, one watches him negotiate the thorny mazes of predicaments of incredible complexity and menace, with ingenuity and dispatch. One of the best demonhstrations of what he can do happens when he arrives in Paris, after getting his money and passports out of a Swiss bank. ANd himself and a German girl of some sort with a car, out of the American Embassy trap. Well, an assassion crashes into his Paris apartment before either of them can catch a breath, and there's a life and death flght which ends when the failed assassin thorws himself out of the window and dies on the sidewalk below. That is the prelude to as brilliant and harrowing a demonstration of trick driving as I've ever seen, as Borne and the girl drive her Cooper Mini through the mazes and tangles of fast, congested Parisian traffic, followed by police cruisers and motorcycle mounted cops. Thrilling! And that's just the first third of the film.

    Rather than describe the remainder of the story in detail, I will say, instead, that the director does not allow the project to make any fatal mistakes. He doesn't flirt with us; doesn't try to seduce us into liking the movie with mugging or stupid action jokes. He doesn't use kids that way. Or animals. Or any people. There are no faux literary pretensions anywhere. Although there are people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the film, there's no ethnic or racial humor. There are no shameful and insincere attempts to conjure up a facile moral to the story by juggling religioius symbols. The sexual attraction of the hero and heroine to one another isn't either lewd or tricky, but grows inevitably out of the inter-reliance that builds between them as they cling to life and avoid discovery. What attracts her is his freshness, frankness, fearlessness and his determination to protect her from enemies that are really his alone. Their care for each other becomes as artless and as inevitable as sunrise.

    The sound track is good and the intercut POP music is as one would expect it, but the music is never distracting.

    Seems to me I've watched this show 3 times now, and it looks better and better every time. The complex entity that IDENTITY is has been handled with such deftness and skill that no shot or sequence appears to have been derived from any shot or sequence in any other film. And the editing is flawless. Flawless!
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  • Not even the best Bourne movie
    While this was an outstanding movie, it is not quite as good as the second one. But then the second one isn't as good as the third one. The video and sound on this one are excellent in HD and should impress. This is the series that made James Bond get a facelift. A must buy for HD DVD owners....more info
  • Pleased
    Very satisfied with how quickly this item was received. I should have ordered all three Bourne from this seller as it took twice as long for the second cd to arrive, and I'm still waiting for Bourne Supremacy ordered in July to arrive. I have emailed that seller three times and have yet to get a response. I will only deal with this seller in the future. Thank you....Suzy...more info
  • Love it
    I absolutely loved this movie.Matt Damon is fabulous.It is the best one of the Bourne trilogy,and I've seen all of them.There is suspense,action,a good story,a lovely romance and best of all hottie Matt Damon....more info
    The Bourne Identity

    I believe that this was one of Robert Ludlum's first novels. In fact I have heard that he wrote it while serving time in a prison for a white collar crime. What a good way to spend your time!

    Highly recommended for Ludlum fans and for fans of high adventure.

    Gunner October, 2007

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  • Bourne Identity Matt Damon
    Matt Damon has done a marvelous job with the character Jason Borne. He could make one million series of Bourne and I will purchase every one of them. Excellent character actor. Thank you for those who enjoy being entertained from the edge of our seat.

    Bravo!, Matt Damon and all of the wonderful people involved with bringing this series to us....more info
  • The Bourne Identity
    Although I am not that much in action movies, I really enjoyed this one, maybe because of Matt Damon who is such a good actor. Also this was the first one so the story hadn't been worn out yet. I just saw #2 and #3 and it really repeats. It reminds me of the TV program "The Fugitive". But all in all, I give it thumbs up....more info
  • Spy, with no memory of his past
    Great action movie. From beginning to end, it draws you into this spy's life and adventures. Lots of car chases, action scenes, romance and traveling through Europe. I get lost into the action as I escape into this action hero's life. Well worth buying!...more info
  • Marie's Review
    I watched this movie. I expected that I would love it, just by looking at the title. Well It was all chase. But who was chasing who? And why were who chasing who? The movie needs a story. It needs content. It needs to be interesting. I don't recommend it. Even my 25 year old son didn't like it. I wish I could say something good. But I didn't like it....more info
  • Bourne Identity review

    Good movie ... great series. Get all three. Action packed. Will watch it again. ...more info
  • Ludlum's Best Novel - Exciting Movie
    If you've read Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, you won't see too much similarity to the book once Jason Bourne is fished out of the water. The only Carlos in this movie is in the (fortunately) deleted alternate opening.

    Although the Richard Chamberlain tv mini-series was more faithful to this book (at least until the last few minutes), this movie is much more exciting and likely to keep you on the edge of your seat. You don't want to miss it.

    The extras on this DVD sounded quite good, but were more pr for the movie than anything else. If you have a different version of the Matt Damon movie, don't pick this up just for the extras.

    If you haven't read The Bourne Identity (Bourne Trilogy, Book 1) be sure to pick up a copy. It's great reading....more info
  • good action movie
    I wanted to see the first 2 Bourne movies again before seeing the new 3rd. The first is great on its own and sets the stage......more info
  • Bourne again?
    He comes to on a fishing boat with bullets in his back and no idea how he got there, who shot him, or why. Oh, and he's got a bank account number on his body.

    When he goes to the bank, the safe deposit box is full of money and at least half a dozen passports with different identities. So, which one is his? In some ways, he has a chance to start a new life--but the old one really isn't leaving him behind.

    People are chasing him--with guns. More important than that, how does he know just how to evade them?

    "Bourne" is a riveting story about a man who's in a terrible position and unable to really know who is friend or foe. This film has one of the best car chase scenes I have ever encountered--with a Mini Cooper, no less! The book was good, the film almost better.

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  • Too little time to view
    While the movie is great, you only get 24 hours to view the film once you start watching it. I don't understand why there is such a short time frame to watch. Also, you have to watch it within about a month of downloading it. I didn't understand either of these limitations when I "purchased" it....more info
  • Bourne Fan
    This is the first. So of course I feel it's the best.
    It's intelligent which helps. It doesn't run the normal path of spy movies. Or 'Bond' kind of movies. Which is nice. I am a Bourne Fan. I'm looking forward to when the Third one comes out on DVD....more info
  • The Good & Bad Of ''The Bourne Identity'
    This is a solid suspense-spy film with an agent-on-the-run scenario. People who like a paranoid theme, where everyone is after you (I plead guilty) will love this.

    The amount of violence in here was just about right, not too much and not too little. I also enjoyed the Paris scenery, both the street-level shots and the aerial photography. Ovrall, the cinematography is very good in this film. It's an involving story that once you're hooked, you stay that way. The two hours go by pretty quickly.

    On the negative side, I get tired of American filmmakers trashing their own government all the time, in here its them trying to kill one of their own agents. I hear the third movie is really bad in that regard. I'm sorry to hear that as I liked the sequel ("The Bourne Supremacy") even better, although part of the reason was that I was now familiar with the main characters after watching this film. Anyway, I highly recommend the first two Bourne movies for fans of suspense, crime, intrigue, good locales, etc.
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  • Bourne Identity
    Excellent movie and I can't wait until Bourne Ultimatum comes out on DVD.

    Judy...more info
  • The Bourne Identity (Full Screen Extended Edition)
    Great Customer Service from this seller. Item was received in a timely manner and was exactly as described by the seller in his posting. I would purchase from this seller again. ...more info
  • Don't belive the hype....
    This was a real bad movie. Lots of shooting and explosions and no story at all. I laugh at how many good reviews this movie got. It seems the American public do not know what movies are anymore, nor do joke studios like Universal....more info
  • obvious yet subtle
    What a great action movie! But it's also about his mental struggle to figure out what's happened. As the onion peels off layer by layer, we see more than just Bourne, we see those he worked for.

    The direction of the movie was great, not heavy handed. When the police are closing in, Bourne tells the girl to leave him, she'll be safe. The director has the girl say nothing, she just buckles up her seat belt as if to say "I'm with you!"...more info
  • "How can I know that and not know who I am?"
    There is a compelling power to the Bourne trilogy films: The martial elegance of a supreme hunter; the beauty of reborn innocence; the inspired acting of Matt Damon - a stoic killing machine who protects children and whose goodness we admire more with each passing moment - and an action story deeply planted in character rather than built on gadgetry. In short this film delivers.

    The plot is excellent. Like Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles and Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun, the protagonist wakes in critical condition unable to remember himself, immediately confronting death while piecing together the puzzle of his own shattered identity. Meantime a hostile world seeks Jason Bourne's destruction.

    Loosely based on an inspired work of fiction by former US Marine Robert Ludlum, the Bourne Identity portrays the CIA MKUltra program of creating "Manchurian Candidates" (through a smorgasbord of hypnosis, martial arts training, and torture). Ie, hypno-programmed robot assassins: "It's like behavioral software". But in Jason Bourne's case the software has crashed: "You're a malfunctioning thirty million dollar weapon". The movie is also a mute commentary on the bitter heartlessness of the modern intelligence state, and the moral twilight of CIA Clandestine Services.

    Fished from the sea, healed by a wise old man, aided by a beautiful maiden, assaulted by ghouls, seeking to escape a labyrinth of unknown dangers, the hero triumphs. That's the Bourne Identity. Pure heroic myth depicted in great cinema.

    This is a dynamic movie with nine lives. What's more it has a happy ending. One of my favorites.

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  • Bourne Idenity
    This is a excellent video, I am very please to see this much action in just over ninety minutes. The plot is a bit hard to follow in some places however, if you like Matt Damon this is a truly great movie....more info
  • Good Spy Flick
    I enjoyed the Bourne Identity......strangely enough I saw it after the Bourne Ultimatum.....which was QUITE difficult to follow not seeing the other two......I enjoyed Damon's love interest in this and I wish thier affair had carried through the series but I thought they were cute together. This is a great movie that pretty much anyone over the age of 18 would be interested in....more info