Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
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Movie review: Paging Jason Bourne...

It's a summer for new faces in the secret agent role, and this month Matt Damon joined his pal (and frequent co-star) Ben Affleck (who starred as Jack Ryan in the recent Sum of All Fears) and Chris Rock in the employ of the U.S. government's more secretive agencies. Damon stars as the amnesiac operative of Robert Ludlum's thriller The Bourne Identity.

I went into Bourne even more skeptical of Damon in the spy role than I'd been of Affleck or Rock, and actually came out even more impressed. It probably helped in all three cases that the movies' heroes weren't fully invested in their tasks. Affleck played a junior analyst suddenly thrust into the field, Rock the twin brother of a spy killed in the line of action, and Damon spends most of his film as metaphorically adrift (with no memory of who he is or what he's been up to) as he was physically adrift in the Mediterranean at the beginning of the story.

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