Imagine waking up and not knowing your name, or anything about yourself other than you had been shot and you have a laser in your leg. No really, a little laser that displays the number of a safe deposit box across the wall when turned on. If you have had this happen, then you’ve gone through the same things as in The Bourne Identity.
This action/spy movie is based upon the 1980 novel by Robert Ludlum and stars Matt Damon as the lead character, Jason Bourne. As alluded to in the opening, the character awakens after being fished out of the sea having been shot. His memories are gone and he is anxious to uncover what he can about himself. After healing, he visits the Zurich bank and finds a number of IDs, money, passports and yes, a watch (more on that later). When he leaves, a bank employee contacts the CIA black-ops program, Operation Treadstone, and that’s when all Hell breaks loose. Chased through a U.S. consulate Bourne manages to escape with a Swiss woman, Marie, and begins to try to find out about his past by visiting the address on one of his passports where he is attacked by another assassin. Through continued research and deduction Bourne realizes he was an assassin prior to loosing his memories and now wants nothing to do with the program. Bourne manages to track down the Operation Treadstone safe house in Paris where he begins to remember his last mission while holding the program director at gunpoint. He tells the director he is done and to not follow him; at the end of the film he meets Marie some time later living in Greece.