Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Aiden Quinn, Frank Langella
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
An American in Germany ends up in a coma following a car accident, when he recovers nobody believes he is who he says he is not even his own wife. With the help of the driver of the taxi who pulled him out of the wreck they team up to solve the riddle of who he is and what is going on.
After Taken Liam Neeson has found his niche, who knew the Irishmen would excel in European thrillers? Unknown is an intriguing film with enough plot twists to keep you guessing until the final reveal. Neeson thankfully not supporting the dye job he had in taken which made him look like he dunked his head in a bowl of soy sauce is Dr Martin Harris who goes into a coma following a traffic accident, when he recovers after four days the first thing he wants to do is find his wife Elizabeth (Mad Men’s January Jones) To his surprise Elizabeth has no clue who he is and meets the man she says is her husband Dr Martin Harris (Aiden Quinn) As Neeson tries to put the pieces together he soon is being hunted down by unknown thugs and endangering the lives of the people that are helping him, Primarily Gina (Diane Kruger) an illegal immigrant who is reluctant to help out of fear of getting deported. It’s a fun ride trying to figure out what is going on. The only real issue I had with the film is (Spoiler Alert!)
Near the end when Neeson turns into Jason Bourne due to something I like to call the “Cousin Eddie” (Named after when cousin Eddie explains in Christmas Vacation that his daughter Ruby Sue fell down a well and her eyes went cross but then was kicked by a Mule and her eyes went back to normal) Neeson loses all memory of who he is by taking a bump on the head and his fighting skills are thus weak at best, when he is told who he is and has all the proof of who he is, his assassin skills still suck; its only when a piece of the ceiling hits him in the head that he is he able to channel his inner bad ass and stomp the crap out of the fake Dr Harris. Really? This is the lamest thing ever, he could have slowly regained his fighting skills as he slowly regained his memory or been able to throwdown without knowing how he knows the techniques alla Jason Bourne but instead it takes a second blow to the head, a cheap and pathetic cop out. That being said overall Unknown is a solid thriller and a welcome escape from last week’s one, two punch of awful to the solarplexis displayed by the Beibs and Sandler.