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Bourne at 20

June 16, 2022 - 08:32 -- Admin

David Roberts had a nice thread on Twitter about the 20th Anniversary of The Bourne Identity. (IKR. 20 years? Why am I even alive now?) He made this point about a single moment in the film that revealed Bourne had more to his nature than violence.

Twitter avatar for @drvoltsDavid Roberts @drvoltsThere's a scene from the 1st Bourne that has always stuck in my head. It's toward the end, at the farmhouse, when the other assassin (Clive Owen) shows up. You watch as Bourne looks around for a gun, notes the children, looks up, finds a gun on top of the cabinet.

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Twitter avatar for @drvoltsDavid Roberts @drvoltsIt's super-brief, maybe a second or two of screen time, but it was a visceral example of Bourne using his deductive reasoning skills & experience in a way that makes you think, yeah, this guy is smart & highly trained. It *shows* he's a badass, rather than tells.

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It’s a nice observation of a moment I hadn’t noticed before, despite watching the film at least half a dozen times.

He also links to this piece in The Guardian. It starts off acknoweldging how stagnant the action hero genre had become and argues that of all the Bourne films, the first was the finest.

And then came The Bourne Identity, a film that would so heavily influence the future of action film-making that it doesn’t feel the least bit dated today. Providing a model for both the rest of the Mission: Impossible franchise and the Daniel Craig-led reboot of James Bond, The Bourne Identity nailed the formula of the modern action film: a stoic intelligence agent who has a complicated relationship with his own government. A globe-trotting adventure with at least one heart-stopping car chase and lots of nifty hand-to-hand combat. A love story but one that doesn’t get in the way of the hero’s sense of purpose. And to distinguish itself from its predecessors, the quips are kept to a minimum.

I’m a big fan of ‘sleeping assassin’ stories, of course. Sleeper Agent is my tilt at that particular windmill. But Bourne will always remain a fave.