Identity Crisis


Of the cohort of boyish leading actors we’ve spent the last decade waiting to see turn into men, Matt Damon is the most surprising. For someone blessed with all-American good looks and a brash, winning grin, he can be surprisingly inward, repressed, or weird-or, as in the Jason Bourne trilogy, haunted and violent. Maybe such ambiguities suit the American character at this particular moment, when our sunny and dark sides seem to run so...

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About the Author

Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.