Unknown review

Jaume Collet-Serra
Liam Neeson
Diane Kruger
January Jones
Aidan Quin
Bruno Ganz
Frank Langella
Rated: PG-13

Why does Liam Neeson have such major problems when he goes to Europe?

Unknown follows the story of Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson), who is attending a science summit in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth (Jones). After getting off the plane and arriving at the hotel, Martin realizes that he forgot his bag at the airport and gets into a cab to go grab it real quick. However this small mistake turns costly when the cab gets into an accident and Martin is taken to the hospital.

Upon awaking Martin doesn’t have much memory of what happened to him but it eventually returns slowly. He finally goes to the hotel where the summit and his wife are suppose to be. However, upon arrival he finds that his wife doesn’t remember him and there is another man who has taken his place. Now Martin must fight for his identity and get to the bottom of what is really going on.

I was really impressed with the story of this film. I liked how many turns it took, making it difficult to know what was going to happen next. This kept me on the edge of my seat through out the entire film and it only gets better when a twist is revealed in the third act.

I didn’t find any moments to be dull, even though the movie does have a long run time.

Liam Neeson naturally shines here. Any time that an action or thriller might just be average, Neeson takes it up a level. He plays the part so well and the emotion he displays really transcends onto the audience. I liked the side characters too, Bruno Granz played a retired intelligence agent who tried helping Martin get through and did so well.

The same can be said about the cab driver, Gina, who was in the accident and had to help Martin as well. Played by Diane Kruger, Gina was a good character although there were times that she looked to much like an action star instead of just a citizen.

Overall, I found Unknown to be very enjoyable. I was invested in the lead character, the story and was on edge for the action. Liam Neeson’s performance really pushed this one high and it is one of the more satisfying thrillers recently. 4 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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