Writer: Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell
Based on:“Out of My Head”: By Didier van Cauwelaert
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella
Country: Germany & USA
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Time: 113 minutes
USA Release: 2/18/2011
On DVD (USA): 6/21/2011
I found this to be a really inventive story of mistaken identity although like any story there are some holes, but I didn’t find myself lost or uninterested in what was going on. Some have said that it resemble the 1988 Roman Polanski thriller “Frantic” and I can see how it is a bit similar, but I find that “Frantic” is just a tad bit similar, they just have a few things in common. But Roman Polanski is on a different level as a director with his style and persona. Jaume Collet-Serra is a great director, I enjoyed how he set up a lot of the action sequences, making what would just be an easy car chase seem to buzz with more excitement. It made me want them to start a form of car racing but with stunt driving. Even though we are following Liam Neeson and how his life is now a big mystery, the character that is most mysterious is January Jones’s Liz, she’s no ordinary wife. Many critics has pointed out the use of the iconic “Icy Blonde” that was used by the great Alfred Hitchcock, for his female character showing us that there’s more to them, I have to agree that the technique is blatantly used for Liz. Even though all the characters were great, I found that only Diane Kruger’s Gina was the only realistic character, she was just a girl in the wrong cab at the wrong time. While I did enjoy watching the bad guys at times, I never felt a connection with them, it’s not like we are changing bad guys left and right, it is the same ones, but they just seem as invisible as their identities are, almost faceless. Despite the fact that this movie is advertised as being an action/thriller, it was almost like your watching two different movies in one. The first half being about a guy trying to find his identity and the other half about the identity finding him.
But like I said earlier, this movie does at times have holes, but don’t let that stop you from checking out “Unknown” it’s got a killer setting, great action, well rounded cast and a interesting story. So check out this movie, especially if you liked “Taken”.