Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for violence, language, some nudity
Run Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Bourne (Matt Damon) is a man with a problem.
He awakens on an Italian fishing boat in the middle of the
swings into action by high-tailing it to
the dark as to his identity, Bourne picks up a German drifter (Franka Potente
as Marie) and offers her twenty thousand dollars in exchange for a ride to
Kudos to director Doug Liman (“Go”) for injecting textbook spy fare with slick intelligence and truckloads of tension. Bourne’s surprise at finding himself fluent in several languages and masterful in the martial arts as well as with firearms lends enough subtle comic relief to ease the narrative anxiety.
Damon and Potente are tentative but touching together – sensible chemistry considering the circumstances. Sound performances by Chris Cooper and Brian Cox, as CIA operatives who want their top Company assassin permanently out of the field, are a sinister counterpoint to the unrelenting action. A smart and involving espionage thriller.