OK, well, when you hear the words "action hero," your first thoughts might be Arnold Swartzenegger or
Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone or the Jamed Bond character. I'm willing to bet one of the last names
to come to your mind would be Matt Damon. But could that be what makes this film more unique and, dare I
say, believable? Jason Bourne is clearly a spy and who better to pick than the more plain-looking (action hero-wise
I'm speaking) than Damon, right?
The Bourne Identity isn't your typical shoot 'em up action film. Bourne isn't James Bond,
or Rambo, or the Terminator. He isn't Jackie Chan, or Jet Li. The Bourne Identity is a smartly
written spy thriller that cheapens most other films in the genre. It takes itself seriously and it
has every right to. Maybe this is due partly because it's based on a famous book, I don't know, but
Bourne and Marie are more fleshed out characters then you come to know in films in this genre. Damon fits
in suprisingly well for the roll.
Content-wise, the film has some problems. It pushes the PG-13 envelope when it comes to violence
with the sequences of showing Bourne's bullet wounds and the various fights that take place. We see
a pretty violent hand-to-hand fight between Bourne and an assassin which includes Jason stabbing
his assailant with a pen and we see the man pulling it out of the top of his hand (with some blood). Especially towards the
end, several people are shot, with most of them resulting in deaths. Language is the next offender.
There's one spoken "f" word, 2 mouthed ones and several other colorful phrases and words. The only sexual
content is that its possible Marie and Jason slept together as we see them passionately kiss one night and
it cuts away before we see anything else happen. My opinion of it all is it could have done without a lot
of the more graphic violence and the unnecessary cussing.
The Bourne Identity was an edge of your seat thriller that was better than I expected. Good
characters, good direction, good acting, Bourne Identity is a surprise hit. However, please use discernment
when deciding whether or not to see it since some of the content isn't for everyone.
If you have any questions or comments about the film before you see it (if you
decide to), feel free to
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Marie and Jason share a passionate kiss
while she stands in her bra after he's cut her hair. He removes his tank top and the scene ends shortly
thereafter. It's possible they had sex as we then see the next morning she's lying in bed, but Jason is
just sitting on a chair.
Vulgarity/Language: 1 "f" word (Conklin mouths 2, also),
6 "s" words, 5 "s" words in German, 4 "g*dd*mn," 6 h*ll, 1 s*cks, 2 "J-sus Chr-st," 1 "Chr-st," 1 "For Christ's
sake," 1 "J-sus," 6 "G-d," 1 "Oh my G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Marie has a drink after she realizes she's
wanted now by whoever wants Bourne
Blood/Gore: When Jason is found in the ocean and brought onto
a boat, the ship's doctor cuts away his wetsuit to find two bullet holes in Bourne's back (which aren't
oozing blood, but are gross in appearance). The doctor extracts a bullet and we see some blood on it, then
he uses a knife to cut something else out from under Bourne's skin and that is also bloody. Later Bourne
briefly views his bullet wounds in a mirror and after he removes a patch we see the gross looking wound.
A man who fights with Jason has blood on his face and after Bourne grabs a pen to stab the man, we see blood
on Jason's hand and again after Jason stabs the man in the hand and leaves it there. The man then pulls
the bloody pen from his blood-covered hand. We see a woman sitting on a bench with a bullet hole in her forehead
with some blood running from it. There's a tiny bit of blood on a man that's just been shot a couple of times.
Bourne strikes another man several times in the face resulting in some bloody cuts. Bourne has some blood
on his forehead.
Violence: VERY violent. Several fights result in deaths, lots
of gun fights, a man attacks another and the victim stabs the attacker in the hand with a pen, some off screen deaths
(we just see the dead body), an explosion, a man falls out of a window and dies, etc.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.