The Bourne Identity aged wonderfully (and it's a wonderful Paris film) and still easily shows why it's iconic: the setpieces are easily unforgettable (the Paris safehouse, the Seine car chase,the farmhouse holdup)which is essential in good action cinema. Easily Damon's best role,easy chemistry with Potente, and the big patron of all the pentagon/cia/government/ops thrillers Hollywood would churn for years to come.
A more thoughtful and interesting type of spy-action that tries to go for a realistic feel than just being fantastic set-pieces, but I'm annoyed that Jason decides to change his brutal ways seconds before he gets shot and with an amnesia Hollywood doesn't need to address the fact that the hero Jason Bourne really is a cold-blooded killer with the blood of families, innocents and good people on his hands.
Fast-action testosterone-fueled bullet-riddled Hollywood blockbuster kicking adrenaline rushes through the bloodstream in detriment of a more clinical thrilling and psychological approach, a plot that plays with the idea of mind control and character ambiguity. Certain type of audience would have appreciated the latter. But throwing punches and kicking ass all day long is also cool.