Unfortunately, unlike his exhilarating revenge/rescue film Taken, this rather predictable and derivative action film starring Liam Neeson has little to offer in the way of originality or believability. The plot is outrageously silly and is very much reminiscent of The Fugitive and The Bourne Identity.
The story revolves around a man who comes to Germany with his wife to attend a scientific summit only to end up being involved in a car crash. When he comes to from a coma, he finds to his utter amazement and disbelief that the woman he thought was his wife acts as though she's never met him before and she is now accompanied by a man who bears the same name, occupation, and knows all of his life details. Enlisting the aid of a foreign taxi driver, he must trace the mystery of his true identity and uncover a conspiracy before it's too late.
The acting isn't bad, but it's not great either. A number of the performances, particularly those of Neeson and co-star Frank Langella, come off as wooden and two dimensional. Some of the action scenes are fun, but again, they lack originality and will only remind people of other thrillers. The same can also be said for the look and sound of the film. It almost gives one the impression that somewhere there is a warehouse full of screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, fight choreographers, and music composers who all are forced to conform to generic genre formulas. Like I said earlier, the film isn't bad, but it is the very essence of predictability and that's not a good thing.
After the simple and yet engaging action-thriller, Liam Neeson returns to the genre with director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Orphan) “Unknown”. The film is based on a French novel by Didier Van Cauweleat called “Out of My Head” and has been given the staples of a Hollywood actioner with the elements of a Hitchcock tale. It is relentless, entertaining, suspenseful despite the fact that it may have overplayed the aces in its hand. It also helps when you have Liam Neeson in … more
Unknown might be the most preposterous movie of a year that most films decided to stop suspending disbelief and let it rest on the floor for a while. Common sense is left to drown in a sea of movie cliches and utter lunacy while plot holes make a Swiss cheese out of the script. **THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD! ** Ok, if you know the movie's main trick, namely that it's a rip-off of Total Recall, you'll know that the entire film … more
**1/2 out of **** It doesn't take a person of extreme intelligence to realize that Liam Neeson is a registered ass-kicker. The 59-year-old actor has appeared in many very cool, and many very mediocre films; but he's almost always guaranteed to put on the best show of the entire product. "Unknown", his newest movie, is really nothing more-or-less different than the usual Neeson walk-about. The actor has a problem he must overcome. In the end, he ends up serving up sweet justice. … more
Star Rating: Unknown is an utterly preposterous film, but if you grant its assumptions, it will keep you engaged and take you on a thrilling ride. It stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Martin Harris, who travels to Berlin with his wife, Liz (January Jones), to speak at a biotechnology conference and meet a botanist who has made an important breakthrough. A cab ride back to the airport goes wrong; a truck loses its shipment, causing the cab to swerve off the road, zoom … more
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife, Liz (January Jones), suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally, Gina (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he is willing to go to uncover the truth. In the end it is revealed that Martin Harris is actually a part of an assassination team. He loses his memory and begins to believe his cover after getting hurt in the car crash. The impostor is actually his backup on the team.