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Two Jews On Film Review 'UNKNOWN'

  • Feb 18, 2011
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What if you know deep down, who you really were, but couldn't prove it?  And what if someone else - someone you didn't know- claimed to be you and everyone believed him? That is the dilemma Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) faces in the film 'Unknown'.

Dr. Martin Harris, a botanist, arrives with his wife, Liz (January Jones) at the Hotel Adion in Berlin for a biotechnology summit.  When Martin realizes that his briefcase was left behind at the airport, he grabs a cab and rushes back to retrieve it.  But fate has other plans for our doc.  En route, there's a terrible accident and the taxi, the driver and Martin crash into a freezing cold river.  Luckily, the driver Gina (Diane Kruger) can swim.  She saves Martin's life and then quickly disappears.

Martin wakes up in the hospital after being in a coma for four days.  Before he's completely recovered and against the doctor's orders, Martin leaves the hospital and rushes back to the hotel to find his wife.  And that's where things get strange.

When he finally sees Liz, not only doesn't she recognize him, but she has another man by her side. And guess what?  His name is Dr. Martin Harris (Aidan Quinn) and he has the identification to prove it. 
Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by assassins, Martin finds himself alone, tired and on the run in a strange country.  As Martin races through Berlin trying get someone to believe him, he starts to question his sanity, his identity and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) does a great job directing an international cast which also includes Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) and Bruno Ganz (The Reader)  The film does have a retro feel about it, but it's still great fun.  And when the final twist comes, you will be just as blown away as I was.  As usual, the 'Two Jews On Film' have different opinions about this thriller...So watch our video to see how many bagels we gave 'Unknown'  This film opens in theaters, Friday, February 18, 2011.
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February 20, 2011
Perfectly said. LOL
February 18, 2011
I went ahead and moved the movie for you and if you want to add your videos from YouTube into your review, all you need to do is click on the "Show Text Editor" button above the text box, select the film strip, add the embed code, customize sizing if you want and you're all good to go! If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know- that's what I'm here for! Great write up, I like how you give the reviews bagels instead of stars :) Thanks for sharing!
More Unknown (2011 movie) reviews
review by . February 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
review by . July 14, 2011
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 …
review by . July 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**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. …
review by . February 19, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . July 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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, …
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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.
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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: 18 February 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 min
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