The Bourne Identity Film Details
Overview: An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.
Review: Like the much more famous 2002 version starring Matt Damon, this elaborate and expensive looking TV mini-series (actually just a long two-part movie) is a non-stop roller-coaster ride of a picture. If you like action, then you are in for a treat….though you wouldn’t exactly expect Richard Chamberlain to be playing an action star! A mini- series star yes…action hero…nah! When the film begins, Jason Bourne (Chamberlain) is shot, tossed overboard and assumed dead. Obviously someone dislikes the guy…at least just a bit! He soon washes up on shore in the south of France and is found by a doctor who manages to save him. But when Bourne awakens he has a serious problem. He has no idea who he is and the head wound no doubt is the reason why. While the doctor cannot tell him who he is, he does know he’s someone unique, as he somehow survived, has had significant plastic surgery to hide his identity AND he had some secret information implanted in his leg!! Bourne is determined to discover who he is and very, very slowly tiny bits and pieces come back to him. The first big shock is that he has a bank account with $15,000,000 in it! The next is when he tries to withdraw some of it, bank employees begin shooting at him and he goes into super action hero mode! Clearly there is a very severe penalty at this place for an early withdrawal!! From here, the film continues with one killer after another coming for Jason…and he has no idea whether or not he’s a good guy or a bad guy–but he is a LETHAL guy. And, there is some indication he MIGHT be the international mega-criminal, the Jackal! Along for the much of the ride is Marie (Jaclyn Smith), a Canadian woman vacationing in Europe. At first he grabs her in order to blend in and evade assassins. Later, she comes to realize her kidnapper is not one of the bad guys and she willingly helps him in his quest to see who he really is. The biggest strength of this film is that although it’s practically non-stop action, because it’s three hours long it gives you a bit of time to breath–something not possible in the later film because it was an hour shorter. How else it is better or worse I can’t say. I’ve seen both, but saw the Matt Damon version long ago and cannot remember all of it–just that it was a bit too frenetic in pace. So is this any good? Well, yes and no. The plot, while frenetic (and I am not much of an action film lover–you should know that), the film is exciting and the plot satisfying and interesting. However, the movie also suffers from its love story….which just doesn’t make much sense. Why does Marie fall for Jason so quickly?! Why do they go to bed together so quickly?! And, why does she continue to risk her life again and again for a man she doesn’t really know?! None of this makes any sense. The bottom line is that this IS a very good film and is well worth seeing despite its love story. The international filming locations are pretty amazing for a made for TV film and the acting is generally pretty good. But, for a much better film involving Carlos the Jackal, try watching “Day of the Jackal”…one of the best suspense films of all time. FYI–You might be too young to know, but Carlos the Jackal is a REAL person–a real international terrorist and not just some character in films. Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez was nicknamed Carlot the Jackal and is currently in prison in France for his infamous crimes.
Country: United States
Language: English, French, German
Duration: 185 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Also known as: Identitatea lui Bourne,Meduusan verkko,La mémoire dans la peau,The Bourne Identity,スナイパー/地獄の暗殺者,Agent ohne Namen,狙撃者/ボーン・アイデンティティ,Medusan verkko,Tożsamość Bourne’a,Identitet okänd,スナイパー/狙撃者,Identità bruciata,Тайна личности Борна,Missão Matar,Χωρίς ταυτότητα,Conspiración terrorista: El caso Bourne,A Bourne rejtély,Bornov identitet,La identidad de Bourne,Horis taftotita,Самоличността на Борн