Loosely adapted from Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name, The Bourne Identity centres on Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), an American secret agent who develops amnesia after a mission to assassinate an African dignitary goes horribly wrong.
Jason finds himself stranded in Europe, with his hopes of uncovering his identity resting solely on the mysterious bank account number he finds lodged in his body, and Marie (Franka Potente) - a German woman who agrees to ferry him to Paris in her Mini. Will he survive the perilous journey into his own past?
With most spy flicks nowadays adding up to little more than an endless stream of big explosions and silicone implants, Doug Liman's (Swingers, Go) intelligent twist on this type of film is a breath of fresh air. Matt Damon is eminently likeable as the existentially confused Jason - a character that turns this tired old genre on its head by deciding that the life of a spy is nothing to aspire to. Franka Potente's edgy and intelligent Marie likewise proves that female characters can add up to something more than a femme fatale or a damsel in distress.
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