Editors' pick

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery/Suspense
Weekend's Desson Howe says, "There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie." But Style's Stephen Hunter says, "Like the indestructible Timex watch, it just keeps grinding along, oblivious to its own stupidity and to the giant holes in its plot or even the general staleness of its central conceit."
Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Julia Stiles, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox
Director: Doug Liman
Release: Opened Jun 14, 2002

Editorial Review

Principal cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

Behind the camera: Director Doug Liman, who did "Go" and "Swingers." Co-screenwriter Tony Gilroy wrote "Dolores Claiborne" and "Proof of Life." The other writer, William Blake Herron, did the upcoming "Ripley Under Ground."

The skinny: Jason Bourne (Damon) is rescued at sea, suffering from bullet wounds and complete memory loss. He has to figure out who he is, why people are chasing him and why he's so adroit at self-defense and linguistics. A woman named Marie (Potente), initially hostile toward Bourne, eventually helps him on his quest.

Points of interest: The movie's based on Robert Ludlum's 1980 book, the first of a trilogy about Bourne, an international spy. The movie has taken longer than expected, with many revisions to the script including a change of climactic finale. But confidence remains high; plans for sequels are already in the works.
--Desson Howe, Weekend