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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

Edited by areaseven
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