The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Doug Liman (2002)

12A Certificate


Our Score
A well-worn genre gets an exciting 21st-century makeover in this hip and energetic tale from former indie director Doug Liman. Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum, it stars Matt Damon as an amnesiac who's found floating half-dead in the Mediterranean with no means of identification, except for a device embedded in his hip containing a Swiss bank account number. Unaware that he's actually a top CIA assassin, he heads for Zurich to investigate, facing cops and government killers as his employers try to wipe out their now renegade operative. The film is fast-paced and slickly executed, with an edgy sophistication that must have influenced the reinvention of the Bond franchise with Casino Royale in 2006. Despite a routine plot, every scene feels fresh and believable, making intelligent use of a sharp, well-fleshed out script and strong performances. Damon takes to his smart action hero role with ease, and there's gutsy support from Franka Potente as his love interest.


A fishing boat crew plucks a man out of the sea with two bullet wounds in his back and a safe-deposit number sewn into his skin - but absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. In the search for his true identity, he is pursued by assassins - but his skill at evading them suggests his own past is far from straightforward. Thriller, starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Jason Bourne Matt Damon
Marie Kreutz Franka Potente
Ted Conklin Chris Cooper
The Professor Clive Owen
Ward Abbott Brian Cox (1)
Nykwana Wombosi Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Zorn Gabriel Mann
Nicolette Julia Stiles
Eamon Tim Dutton
Director Doug Liman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Sep 2002