Another week, it is time to re-watch another Bourne movie. Actually there was no real plan to re-watch all the Bourne movies. I picked up a copy of the Bourne Identity on Blu-ray because it was on sale. I watched the movie for the first time in at least three or four years. I really enjoyed it a lot and picked up the other two movies on Blu-ray.
Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in this movie. He is living in India. He is having nightmares that might be repressed memories. He spots someone who seems wrong and feels that person is trying to find him and, maybe, kill him. (It has been roughly two years since the end of the Bourne Identity.) He is correct. He has been framed for the murder of two CIA agents. His girlfriend Marie is killed and Bourne goes to Italy to provoke the CIA into action to find out what is going on. (The man who tried to kill Bourne feels he succeeded and left India.)
This film is really good. I think Karl Urban could have had a bit more screen time as one of the villains but that might be my biggest complaint about the movie. Okay, Julia Stiles could have had more to do too.
Damon is really good in this role. He is convincing in the action scenes and also credible in the dramatic scenes. As much as I liked Jeremy Renner in the Bourne Legacy, he doesn’t have the same charisma that Damon has.
This turned out to be the first of three films that Damon made with director Paul Greenglass. The other two are the Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone (which I think I might re-watch next month). I think they have moved onto projects without each other but are open to working together again if the right project comes along.
Next week, the Bourne Ultimatum will be re-watched.