Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Movie Review “The Bourne Identity”

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne
Franka Potente as Marie
Chris Cooper as Conklin

Short Story Summary: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia. (This summary comes from IMDB.)

Story: (8.5/10) It was overall well written and an interesting story. It caught my attention early and was able to keep it until the end, except for a few times that I got confused about what was going on. I will warn that it can get confusing real fast and it may throw you out of the story while you try to figure out what is going on. The good news is that you should be able to, with relative ease, figure out what is happening and get back to enjoying the film. This is a very entertaining film and you will stay glued to your seat as you wonder how Bourne will escape the next assassin.

Character/Cast: (9/10) The cast was okay and the characters were pretty interesting. Matt Damon’s acting was kind of flat, which caused his character to be lacking in personality. I am not saying his acting was bad, just that it seemed to be lacking in something. It could be that it was not his acting, but just the way Bourne is supposed to be. Franka Potente does a good job as Marie and her character’s more likable personality was a nice contrast to the void in Bourne’s. The rest of the cast was the standard stock you expect from this type of film, but they were, like I said, okay.

Action: (10/10) The action in this film is great and should more than make up for some of the short comings of the story. The encounters between Bourne and the assassins are defiantly the highlight of this film. The encounters are varied, in that, one consist of mainly martial art fighting and the other is manly gun play. Bourne also has to fight other enemies as well, from guards at an embassy to the agents working for the main antagonist. A few well done car chases finish filling out the action and are thrilling to watch.

Music: (7/10) The little that I can remember of it, I thought it was okay.

Visuals: (10/10) The characters in this film travel to many different locations which is always a plus. A variety of places to see always helps to keep movies from becoming boring. Not much in the way of blood in this film, but I did notice a few bones breaking that were done well. Not much else to say on this topic, except that I don’t believe I saw much in the way of CG (its kind of hard to tell sometimes).

Conclusion: A well done movie that is entertaining to watch. I recommend checking this one out.

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