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Unknown
BLU-RAY disk
Jul 7, 2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Jaume Collet-Serra

Actors:
Liam Neeson
January Jones
Diane Kruger

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man gets in to a car accident while vacationing in Berlin, only to awake with no proof of his identity, a wife who no longer recognizes him and a strange man pretending to be him. Now he is left with no alternative but to kick asses until he gets some answers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Liam Neeson has had something of a career resurgence as a no-nonsense badass following his role in the taut thriller TAKEN. And to be honest, the actor’s calm demeanor and relentlessness fits the bill perfectly. Why wasn’t he chewing bubblegum and taking names earlier?

In a lot of respects, UNKNOWN could be considered something of a sequel, or at least a sister film, to TAKEN. Neeson is on a mission and while on said mission many faces will be punched and asses will be kicked. The plots surrounding the action beats are different, but the real reason to watch the movie is the same, and in that respect, UNKNOWN delivers.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra uses some of the atmospheric techniques he garnered from movies like ORPHAN and HOUSE OF WAX to heighten the central mystery and then injects some decent action sequences. The fighting is on par with other similar modern films—slickly choreographed and occasionally brutal (as much as PG-13 can get you), but UNKNOWN does have some of the best car chases I’ve seen this year. Everything is done practically with precision stunt work and impressive feats. There is plenty of ass whooping to be had, but it is a colder movie on an emotional scale. While TAKEN centered on the relatable drive of a father looking for his daughter, UNKNOWN has to deal with the more cliché “man with amnesia” plot, which makes Neeson’s character fairly one-note throughout. (His enigmatic and emotionless wife does suit January Jones and her acting abilities though.)

The mystery at the heart of the movie, while a wee bit predictable, is pretty involving and I was satisfied with the payoff. The ending didn't feel like it pulled too many punches or required too much suspension of disbelief within the world it had set up. Plus, it led to even more Liam Neeson action in the finale.

Can’t complain about that.
THE EXTRAS
The Blu-Ray is surprisingly sparse in terms of special features with two quick and meaningless featurettes.

Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero (4:33): Cast and crew gush about Neeson as an actor and newfound action star, as well as the production in general.

UNKNOWN: What is Known? (4:24): A more generic BTS featurette that I’m pretty sure reuses some of the disc’s other extra.

A DVD and Digital Copy is also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
UNKNOWN isn’t as memorable as TAKEN, but with an ass kicking Liam Neeson at its helm, it’s definitely still entertaining as an action vehicle despite the fairly cliché story.

Extra Tidbit: The film is based on the 2003 French novel “Out of My Head.”
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