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The Bourne Identity (2002), PG
Analysis Date: June 14, 2002
CAP Score: 49
CAP Influence Density: 1.04
THE BOURNE IDENTITY (PG-13) -- Fit for your 13 year old kids and younger. (In a pig's eye.)
Distributed by: MCA/Universal Pictures
Director(s): Doug Liman
Producer(s): US: Patrick Crowley, Richard N. Gladstein, Doug Liman, Robert Ludlum, Frank Marshall, David Minkowski Czech Republic:, Matthew Stillman, Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Written by/Screenplay: Novel: Robert Ludlum, Screenplay: Tony Gilroy, W. Blake Herron
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Saar Klein
Casting: Nathalie Cheron, Kate Dowd, Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Dan Weil
Art Direction: Laurent Piron, Bettina von den Steinen
On a routine tour a fishing boat crewman notices a blinking light not far from the boat. Soon, the fisherman discovers the light is attached to a man. After fishing the body from the water, the fisherman discovers two bullet holes in the man's back plus an embedded capsule that shines a Swiss bank account information on the wall. Digging the bullets out of the man, the man comes to and in a daze attacks the fisherman. Soon the man is subdued and it told what has happened, but the man suffers traumatic amnesia ... the man cannot remember who he is, why he was in the water or where he is going.
The man is deposited with a little cash French port of Marseilles to go to Switzerland to seek out who he is by trusting the bank account to have the necessary information. Having amazing powers of memorization, the man was able to get access to a safe deposit box with just the account number. In the safe deposit box the man finds several passports, a gun, a lot of money of different countries and a red shoulder bag. The passports say the owner of the account had several names of several nationalities, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) was the one the man locked on to.
Taking with him everything but the gun, Jason locates his residence address to find the housekeeper knows him as Jason, that he had been gone for over two weeks. Jason still does not remember much, but senses someone is after him and the he is highly trained in memory, observation, martial arts and several other survival tactics. The one after Jason is his boss, CIA chief Ted Conklin (Chris Cooper) who has a loose end to tie up -- Jason. Since Jason failed the mission and since Jason has lost his memory and since knowledge of the CIA's attempt to assassinate the noted leader meant doom for the Agency, Jason has become a risk for the Agency [Prov. 19:5]. Jason is a CIA assassin who was sent to kill a militant leader aboard his yacht who was a danger to many governments [Prov. 28:17 ]. But instead, Jason was shot, twice in the back, and went overboard from the yacht. Now the agency, Conklin and his boss are implicated in some wrong-doings. Jason must be eliminated.
Jason knows he must get to Paris but has no transportation. Finding a damsel in distress with a car, Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente) Jason offers to pay her $10,000 to drive him to Paris which ends up being $10,000 now and $10,000 more when he gets to his apartment in Paris. Once there the pair finds more than just an apartment. They find a would-be assassin who is foiled who then commits suicide by jumping out the window rather than be captured. And they find Jason's housekeeper with a bullet hole in her forehead - of which we are treated to a snap close up. And this is PG-13. Fit for your 13 year old kids and younger. (In a pig's eye.)
There is a lot more "R-13" to The Bourne Identity. At least seven deaths by gunfire or suicide. Uncounted episodes of gunfire to kill, threats with firearms and fire arms to control [Ps. 140:11]. Nineteen uses of foul language [Prov. 22:11, Cor. 8:7, Col. 3:8] including God's name in vain with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11] and the most foul of the foul words plus 12 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. While there was no nudity noted there was gaping face kissing while stripping and cohabitation [Matt. 26:41]. More can be found in the listing in the Findings/Scoring section.
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