After a man awakens from a coma, he must set out to
prove who he is as someone has taken his identity.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Written by Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell
Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones,
Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella, Sebastian Koch
Based on the novel by Didier Van Cauwelaert
Unknown is one of many films that wanted to capitalize on Liam Neeson's recent success as an action star. While it's not one of Neeson's best, it's still a lot fun with plenty of mystery and danger lurking around every corner. The acting is generally excellent across the board and and it's always a lot of fun to see Liam Neeson kick some butt.
Compared to films like Taken, this one plays out more like a mystery with some well done action scenes to boot. Liam Neeson plays the main character of Martin Harris, the man who must who he is after his identity is stolen. As expected, Neeson does a wonderful job, convincingly playing someone who doesn't know who he is anymore. He always continues to show his mastery of action scenes, as it's always a delight to see him really go at it. The rest of the cast also do a good job, with the only negative being January Jones. She's never been a great actress and this movie proves no different. Unknown features quite the twist at the end when it's revealed who Neeson's character actually is. I will say the film does a good job at keeping the twist a surprise. I definitely didn't see it coming the first time I watched this. If there's anything holding this film back, it's the cold atmosphere. It makes since with the film taking place in Berlin, but it also gives it a detached feeling.
Liam Neeson has another generally solid film with Unknown. It's filled with intrigue, mystery, and plenty of action scenes to boot. The cast, minus one, all do a great job and the twist is well handled. If it wasn't for the cold, detached atmosphere, Unknown would be a more enjoyable film.