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It's common for Liam Neeson's action thriller films to be mistaken for Taken sequels, yet be better than the actual Taken sequels. Take Run All Night, for example. Also starring in this film are Joel Kinnaman (not-RoboCop), Ed Harris (Christof in The Truman Show, Carl Fogarty in A History of Violence), Boyd Holbrook (some male fashion model), Bruce McGill (Jack Dalton in MacGyver), Génesis Rodríguez (Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, Agent Richards in The Last Stand), Vincent D'Onofrio (Edgar in Men in Black, Orson Welles in Ed Wood), Common (Barnes in Terminator Salvation, Agent Evans in Now You See Me), and Nick Nolte (Jack in 48 Hrs., Paddy in Warrior). The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who also did Unknown and Non-Stop. Why didn't he direct the Taken sequels? Run All Night is now showing in theaters. Official Site Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59% Metacritic Score: 59 out of 100
First, there was Taken. Then there was Unknown. Next was Taken 2. And now, Liam Neeson takes to the skies with Non-Stop. In this film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan), Neeson plays U.S. federal marshal Bill Marks, who is on a flight from New York to London when he receives text messages from an unknown sender who threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless US$150 million is transferred to a secret bank account. But the bank account is discovered to be under Marks' name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker. Non-Stop hits theaters on February 28, 2014.
Unknown Studio Babelsberg/Dark Castle Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures, 2011 Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) Based on the novel Out of My Head by Didier Van Cauwelaert Running Time: 113 minutes Rated PG-13 for violence, suggestive sexual situations and strong language Cast Liam Neeson (Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia, tattoo artist in The Hangover: Part II) as Dr. Martin Harris Diane Kruger (Bridget in Inglorious Basterds, Abigail in National Treasure) as Gina January Jones (Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, Betty in Mad Men) as Elizabeth Harris Frank Langella (Skeletor in Masters of the Universe, Perry White in Superman Returns) as Prof. Rodney Cole Aidan Quinn (President Grant in Jonah Hex, Benny in Benny & Joon) as Martin B Bruno Ganz (Hitler in Downfall and its countless parody videos online) as Ernst Jürgen Sebastian Koch as Prof. Bressler Mido Hamada as Prince Shada Synopsis Dr. Martin Harris and his wife Elizabeth arrive in Berlin, Germany, to attend a biotechnology summit. Then, when he realizes he forgot his briefcase at the airport, he takes a taxicab to go back and retrieve it - only to be involved in an accident that puts him in a coma for four days. When he wakes up, he discovers that he is not who he says he is, as somebody else has taken his name and identity while his wife does not know him. Lowdown It's Taken meets The Bourne Identity, as Liam Neeson proves he can deliver a powerful action/suspense performance in his late-50s. Unknown is a tale of mistaken identity, with Neeson as Martin Harris, a man struggling to prove to everyone who he is after surviving a horrific car crash. There are lots of unpredictable twists in the plot, right to the end. Despite being derivative of The Bourne Identity, the storyline is very well thought-of. Just like Taken, Neeson takes the Charles Bronson approach in no-nonsense action, despite some stunts that may seem implausible. Of course, January Jones is there mostly as eye candy. Diane Kruger delivers a remarkable performance as Gina, a Bosnian cabbie who tries to help Martin while avoiding possible risks of deportation. Also landing a solid role is Downfall Hitler himself, Bruno Ganz, as a private investigator who unravels the secrets behind Martin's stolen identity. If there are any flaws in this movie, one would be the pacing. Some parts of the middle of the film can seem bogged down by too much dialogue. Another general fault is the blatant product placement by Mercedes-Benz - from the older E-Class taxicabs to Prince Shada's SLS AMG. But that's just for nitpicking purposes, so don't mind it at all. In short, If you enjoyed Neeson's performance in Taken, you won't be disappointed with Unknown. Even though it gives you the feeling that you've seen this movie before, it's still an enjoyable thriller. Rating: B Links Official Unknown Homepage References The Internet Movie Database Wikipedia