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Unknown (2011)



Liam Neeson
Diane Kruger
January Jones
Aidan Quinn
Frank Langella

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

This movie is no Taken, but it is intriguing but yet still slow.

The story lacks possibility, but the director finds a way to stretch your imagination a little but still keeping you on track to what the movie plot is about.

The movie’s premise is outstanding, but it all winds up with the saying, “i have seen all this before somewhere.”

The film is based on the 2003 French novel published in English as Out of My Head, by Didier Van Cauwelaert and the movie was shot in Germany.

Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who arrives in Germany Berlin for the SUMMIT. Upon arriving at the hotel he realized he forgot his suitcase in the airport.

He picked a taxi to return to the airport to pick it up, on his way he was involved in an accident where he almost drowned but was saved by the taxi driver Gina (Diane Kruger).

He later wakes up in a hospital after 4 days to discover that no one has looked for him since the time he had been at the hospital. He checks himself out of the hospital and headed to the hotel to meet his wife.

When he arrived he found out that another Martin Harris had checked in and is at the Hotel with his wife.
Confused to what was going on, he found he couldn’t even prove that he was the real Martin Harris.

This movie is much like a rat race, which proved to be full of suspense and fun at the same time.

The downside about this movie is the moments that were meant to help the viewer build a foundation about the character came out dull at times, with the long dialogues...Liam definitely makes up for it in his touch of master piece acting and pulling out a straight face all through.

It may not be fair to compare this movie with the classic Taken three years ago which also starred Liam Neeson, but if you do, you will notice that this movie is just average. Unknown is a financial success making over $130 million compared to its $30 million budget, so i guess the producers will smile to the bank.

Diane Kruger was also exception in this movie, The Inglourious Basterds star will also be starring in the upcoming National Treasure 3 in 2014.

The screenplay is joyous, but the movie itself needed more work and could be better.


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