Parents' Guide to

The Bourne Identity

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent but thrilling first of the Bourne action trilogy.

Movie PG-13 2002 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 14+

And thus a series was BOURNE!

Bullets are plucked out of Matt Damon’s bare back, excessive kissing during the “haircut” scene (but that’s it for sensuality), a couple characters are shot and killed and their deaths are brief, excessive bad driving in the streets, some kicking and fighting, some unique plot twists, about 6 sh*ts, and only 1 very brief f*ck, and the Lord’s name taken in vain use moderately. So therefore typical PG-13 content and viewer discretion advised. All in all, if u like Matt Damon and you like action/spy films, give this one a go! I haven’t seen the other four yet but I’ll soon review the them!
age 13+

i liked this movie it was very good but also very graphic

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (96 ):

What makes this thriller so good is Damon's ability to merge the physical with the emotional; he's strong, skilled, and smart, but he's also generous, honest, and tender. The scene when he dyes and cuts Marie's hair is incredibly intimate, made even more potent by the near silence of the scene. In fact, for an action movie, The Bourne Identity is remarkably quiet. Neither lead character talks much, but both command the screen nonetheless. Potente (of Run, Lola Run) is an edgy choice of a love interest because she's sexy in an offbeat way, not a typical American movie star type -- which gives the movie a refreshing touch of realism.

Aside from the characters, the fighting scenes, which incorporate a martial art called Krav Maga, among others, are especially watchable. Augmented by the miracles of filmmaking, Damon moves so fast while beating a foe to a pulp that one almost expects him to break into a slow-mo Matrix moment (but thankfully, he doesn't). Teens will want to gorge themselves on the fighting scenes, so even though the violence is tamer than many R-rated action movies, some reality checks and moderation are, of course, in order.

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