The Bourne Identity has long been lauded as an excellent spy thriller. The franchise as a whole has aged pretty well, which is always a plus. But the movies have also had their fair share of critics and, according The Bourne Identity editor Saar Klein, he’s well aware of one prominent criticism.
The haircut scene between Matt Damon and Franka Potente in The Bourne Identity was recently brought up, and director Doug Liman and editor Saar Klein opened up about how that scene came together. Here’s what Saar Klein had to say about a common critique the franchise gets:
I know people think the Bourne franchise is really cutty, but it was really thoughtful about when to do it. A scene like that, the emphasis is just not to overdo it and just let the chemistry and the acting be in the forefront.
Directing and editing techniques aside, The Bourne Identity has also gotten flack for some of its writing, specifically many of the choices Jason Bourne makes in the movie. For instance, why would Jason Bourne sleep on a park bench at night when he should know that’s just going to draw attention?
The Bourne Identity is by no means a perfect spy movie, but I think it did more right, as an action movie, than it did wrong. At the same time, I think they wrapped things up nicely in the trilogy and have wandered off into dark and questionable territory since then. But what do you think? Is Saar Klein right about The Bourne Identity being too cutty? Let us know in the comments!