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I got to say it; Jaume Collet-Serra is quickly becoming a favorite of mine; I adored ORPHAN and now with this one; he’s proved to me that he is not a one trick pony. Keep them coming hermano! I’ll keep watching!
The cherries on top of the whip creamed nipples were the fine actors that delivered the goods even when characterization wasn’t playing their favor. January Jones was credible and gorgeous to gawk at as Neeson's squeeze; made sense why Dr. Harris would go through such an ordeal to keep that POA within his grasp. On her end; Diane Kruger had the weakest role to tackle (in terms of how it was written) but she banged it out of the part by conveying layers and using her eyes and body language to subtlety give us more than the obvious. What a strong showcase! As for the gents; it's always swell to witness Aidan Quinn do his thing; dude can take a nothing role and make something out of it; that’s how talented he is. Props! Last but not least; King Neeson... what can I say? He is now a pro at these sorts of role; affable, vulnerable, good hearted yet tough as Norris and believable when it comes time to bitch-slap some evil mofos. Loved him!
Any qualms with this one? A few. In a way it was good that UNKNOWN rolled on fast, that way it was only AFTER the screening that most of the plot conveniences arose in my noggin. Diane Kruger’s character was way too trusting and generous to a total stranger for be to fully buy it; yes suspension of disbelief had to be applied. And am I the only one that guessed 85% of the mystery via one line of dialogue in the trailer alone? Throughout my watch I already had my theory as to what was TRULY going on, although I didn’t have the details, I had the bulk of it right, hence that lessened the impact of the revelations for me. Finally, I am counting the days when Hollywood editors will ease up on the cocaine and stop cutting action scenes or/and hand to hand fights bits with shaky cam shots and close ups. Like really man? IT'S A F*CKING BLUR i.e. A F*CKING blur. I want to SEE the action yo! Damn, I feel like I complain about this every time I see a Hollywood movie…lose the trend, say no to drugs and cut action right already!
With that, as I walked out of the theatre I had a big smile on my face. I was thoroughly entertained by UNKNOWN... simple as that. I know some folks look down on Popcorn roller-coaster ride flicks; me... I embrace them for what they are. Much like a challenging drama, a thought provoking sci fi or a smutty slasher; I need them in my life! And with UNKNOWN, I got it! Gracias!