The Bourne Identity ★★★★½

Jason Bourne kills a man with a pen.

The Bourne Identity introduces the world to the unstoppable force that is Jason Bourne and, in the process, fundamentally changes the spy-action-thriller genre.

As someone who's read the majority of Robert Ludlum/Eric Van Lustbader's Bourne books, I prefer this iteration of the character. The novels' Bourne is a likeable character but equally angsty. The film's version, or rather the audience, benefits from not hearing the cold and calculated thoughts rattling around inside his tangled mind.

It's incredible to think that this series would get even better. The only slight misstep with Identity is the Mini chase through the streets of Paris. The scene is exquisite, there's nothing wrong with the construction of it, but the use of Paul Oakenfold's 'Ready Steady Go' is a bit of a jarring choice. The song's great but doesn't quite fit the tone of the film.

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