Unknown – Movie Review

The movie twist is a thing that some people applaud and others label as stupid and juvenile. I rather like it on the basis that the twist is interesting and not predictable. Unknown’s twist is quite surprising, but even if the twist doesn’t fly with you, the film has Liam Neeson.

Martin Harris (Liam Neeson)  arrives in Berlin with his wife Elizabeth (January Jones). He gets in a car crash and wakes up to find that his wife doesn’t recognise him anymore and his identity has been taken by another man (Aidan Quinn). Martin must search for the truth and uncover the reasoning behind this bizarre situation.

Liam Neeson has become the new Denzel Washington meaning that any movie with him in it, instantly becomes a must see. His presence made the already solid Taken, a surprise action masterpiece. Neeson is more restrained here, but he still has that cool presence that he’s become loved for. Unknown had me hooked in it’s first hour but then it slowly started to lose me. I still enjoyed the last half but I felt like the film lost its exciting momentum.

The mystery of the film undoubtably grabs your attention, but its reveal is less than riveting. But the film works wonders with a very classy cast. Neeson is on fine form, Bruno Ganz is truly cool and Frank Langella’s legacy further adds to the already great cast. They all elevate the film from a somewhat convoluted and throwaway thriller to a gripping one.

Unknown knows where its going and it’s plot points are mostly tied up, with only a few shaky areas. It might not have the energy of Taken but for the most part grabs a hold on you doesn’t let go.

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About Steven Mc Brearty

I like music (anything that rocks and has a nice melody) and movies (I'm a movie nut).
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