The Bourne Identity [DVD] 
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Badly wounded and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is pulled out of the Mediterranean by fishermen, and is able to recall neither who he is nor what happened to him. His only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account which has been etched into a device implanted in his body. Following the lead to Zurich, he discovers money, passports and a gun waiting for him, but also earns the attention of the security services and has to leave in a hurry. He then persuades a young woman named Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris, where he hopes to find out his true identity and discover the reason why the CIA are taking such an interest in him. Directed by Doug Liman ('Swingers', 'Go').
Freely adapted from Robert Ludlum's 1980 bestseller, The Bourne Identity starts fast and never slows down. The twisting plot revs up in Zurich, where amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), with no memory of his name, profession, or recent activities, recruits a penniless German traveler (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente) to assist in solving the puzzle of his missing identity. While his CIA superior (Chris Cooper) dispatches assassins to kill Bourne and thus cover up his failed mission, Bourne exercises his lethal training to leave a trail of bodies from Switzerland to Paris. Director Doug Liman (Go) infuses Ludlum's intricate plotting with a maverick's eye for character detail, matching breathtaking action with the humorous, thrill-seeking chemistry of Damon and Potente. Previously made as a 1988 TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain, The Bourne Identity benefits from the sharp talent of rising stars, offering intelligent, crowd-pleasing excitement from start to finish. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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I think most people know the story but we follow Jason Bourne - a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who give him to a doctor, where he is nursed him back to health. We quickly learn that Bourne is a man with remarkable survival abilities who suffers from amnesia and must seek to discover his true identity. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as a Swiss bank account, the number of which is implanted in his body.
We are then taken on an action-packed journey into a world of deceptions and conspiracies, learning more about the psychological portrait of Bourne and we experience everything as he does and from from his point of view.
I found the writing clear to follow and thought that the story flowed well. I got a bit confused with some of the characters (there are a lot of characters!) and found myself not fully appreciating who they were or what side they were on. There are a lot of words and phrases that are repeated throughout the book, a bit too often for my liking. I also had a bit of an issue with the timespan - Bourne and his brand new lover seem to fall in love immediately and would be willing to die for each other but (I think) they only met, literally, the day before they confessed their love for each other.
I did get annoyed with some of the characters, I didn’t really find myself bonded to any one, so this detracted from the story for me but I really liked the storyline - I thought it was clever, suspenseful and dramatic - hence why it made a good film.
I’m glad I read the book but I won’t bother with the others in the series, although I do want to go back and watch all the films again.
The first of the original trilogy, and this is a fantastic book. Rereading it after quite a gap, and with memories of the film more recent, I realise again what great depth Ludlum infused into the plot. A top read, and I'll be looking for the rest of the set.
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