Rolling Stone

The Bourne Identity

2002

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When Matt Damon took on Robert Ludlum’s amnesiac hero in the early 2000s, only the most devoted spy-lit fans could have told you who Jason Bourne was. Then Doug Liman’s film expanded the character’s combat styles,

integratin­g Krav Maga and Filipino martial arts into the mix. Watch Damon’s Bourne take down

three embassy security guards in quick succession and prove to an assassin that it’s OK to bring a pen to a knife fight, and you’ll see

onscreen ass-kicking evolve in real time. Suddenly, every movie wanted its melees to be more

inventive and intimate.

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