Release Date: 14 June 2002
Director: Doug Liman
Writer(s): Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron, and Robert Ludlum (novel)
Budget: $ 60 Million
U.S. Gross Revenue: $ 121,468,960

The Bourne Identity is a film about an amnesiac who struggles to stay alive in the midst of trying to discover who he is, or was for that matter. My first reaction to the film was question its budget. I really have no clue if $60 million is low for a 2002 action film–I must compare it to other popular action films of the time now–but I don’t suspect it’s too low. That being said, I was disappointed in the special effects and cinematography, especially since I had gotten so much of the You haven’t seen The Bourne Identity?! hype. But hype can ruin movies in that way.

Certain characters just bothered me and felt out of place, such as Julia Roberts’ character, Nicolette, which was very static and the scripting for her was blah, and Gabriel Mann’s character, Zorn, who’s face looked way too young for his supposed job with the CIA. The chemistry between Matt Damon’s character, Jason, and Franka Potente’s character, Marie, could have been better, but it wasn’t terrible.

Overall, I was disappointed by the film. But I will admit to not giving it my full attention due to fatigue. I’ll probably give it one more chance and watch it again for the sake of so many who would be upset should they read my critical reaction to the film.

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