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The Bourne Identity (2002), PG
Analysis Date: June 14, 2002
CAP Score: 49
CAP Influence Density: 1.04

MinMax: -85

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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

Boxart ©MCA/Universal

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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  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
  • Prov. 28:17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.
  • Ps. 140:11 Let slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down men of violence.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Cor. 8:7 But just as you excel in everything -in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us -see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Matt. 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Bourne Identity (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • bullet wounds gore
  • field surgery gore
  • assault of lawful authority
  • firearms, firearm threats - many, some to the head
  • armed military maneuvers to capture
  • automatic and semi-automatic gunfire to kill
  • reckless driving to avoid prosecution with much property damage
  • irresponsible handling of a firearm, using it to point like a finger
  • fight for life
  • accepting payoff
  • theft
  • assault of a woman
  • police corruption
  • breaking and enterings
  • shotgun injuries, seen with sounds of load hitting flesh
  • gunfire deaths
  • threats to kill
  • beatings, some very brutal

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 14 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • adults in underwear, repeatedly
  • gaping face kissing while in underwear stripping, then panning away to clearly imply intercourse
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking to soothe nerves

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • four uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • suicide to avoid capture
  • gunfire murder, multiple

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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